David Bowie death: TV tributes planned tonight for late rock legend
Special tribute programmes will be screened tonight on the life of David Bowie who died at the age of 69.
The singer “died peacefully” from cancer after releasing his final album Blackstar last Friday.
His son confirmed the sad news after a statement from his publicist released a statement at 6.30am this morning.
It said: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
David Bowie's new album Blackstar has charged into the number one spot following news of his death.
The singer's 25th studio album was released on Friday to coincide with his 69th birthday and had already taken an early lead.
A series of tribute programmes will be screened tonight:
Jeremy Vine will present a tribute to the late rock icon tonight on BB1 at 7.30pm.
David Bowie: Sound and Vision - A special programme on the life and music of David Bowie, presented by Jeremy Vine. Bowie was one of the most influential musicians of his time, constantly re-inventing his persona and sound, from the 1960s hippy of Space Oddity, through Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke to his later incarnation as a soulful rocker.
Scheduling: 7pm The One Show – as billed
7:30pm David Bowie: Sound and Vision followed by News update
8pm EastEnders – as billed
David Bowie: A Tribute, Channel 4, 10:35pm – the hour-long 'musical tribute to David Bowie featuring the songs and videos that made him one of the world’s greatest artists. Bowie’s music was the soundtrack to a generation and influenced countless musicians. This special programme features his most memorable music and performances, as well as tributes from friends and fans around the world'.
David Bowie – Five Years, 8pm, Yesterday – the UKTV channel will repeat this critically-acclaimed 2013 BBC documentary, which follows the musician over key one-year periods in his early career.
Scheduling: 7pm Sounds of the 70's - Satin and Tat
7.30pm Sounds of the 70's - Comin Home To You
8pm David Bowie - Five Years
David Bowie – Five Years, 11.15pm, BBC2 – the same documentary will also screen on BBC2 tonight. The snooker will switch to BBC1.
David Bowie: Video Killed the Radio Star, 7:30pm, Sky Arts (Tuesday, January 12) – The documentary features directors David Mallett and Tim Pope among others, discussing the challenges, expense, and visions behind David Bowie's music videos.
Scheduling: 7:30pm David Bowie: Video Killed The Radio Star
8pm Sky News David Bowie documentary
8:30pm David Bowie: A Reality Tour
9:45pm David Bowie: Blackstar
10pm Discovering: David Bowie
11pm David Bowie: Serious Moonlight (1983 Vancouver concert)