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Tim is to present a three part documentary on Absolute Radio about the life and career of David Bowie this month.

The first part of the series will focus on Bowie’s early life in post-war Brixton and career up to Ziggy (1947-1973), the second on the golden era of the Thin White Duke to Scary Monsters (1973-1980), while the last part will range from Let’s Dance to the new album The Next Day (1980 to 2013) and the V&A’s current David Bowie Is exhibition.

The story will be told by the friends and musicians who have played a part in Bowie’s life over six decades and it includes contributions from Bowie’s childhood friend and artist George Underwood, touring guitarist John “Hutch” Hutchinson and his guitarist Mick Ronson’s widow Suzi.

BOWIE will be broadcast, in three hour-long episodes, on Absolute Radio here, at 7pm on consecutive Sundays: the 7th, 14th and 21st April 2013. There will be also be a series of short online films featuring additional material and interviews. It will air again and be available on the website during the term of the exhibition at the V&A (until 11th August).

So if your inner Bowie nerd is crying out for your rock ‘n’ roll nerd to tell you all about that amazingly colourful career then this is the programme for you.

UPDATE: If you’ve missed any of these episodes then you can listen again here.

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randy ross on 15th of May 2013

I could not sleep last night..turned on HBO..and I got turned on to Tim..Never heard of him before..I will never forget him..I became an instant fan..Who knew? Stuck in Streator Illinois USA.. Thanx Tim..AMO

Emir Starshyne on 7th of May 2013

First of all, I am amazed with your songs and their contents. I won’t cajole you, but truth must be said.
However, the reason that made me to get here was a peculiarity I found in one of your songs – The Fence. You mention a binary number: 00100100, and it is 36, that is (3+6) equal to 9 in numerology, the 9 means perfection and that “coincidence” made me think: “This man knows more than he shows, he actually knows more than the vast majority of the people that live in this world!” I admire you for the sarcasm, I laugh WITH you, I understand the message. And I feel that there is much more that you keep hidden – don’t know if it is due the probability of misunderstanding of your fans or due something else, but I feel that you DO know far much more than you already demonstrates.
Well, I won’t expect an answer from you, since you are an artist with a very busy agenda, but I want at least that this words come to you. I would like to talk to you, since in some moments, if your songs really show what you feel, you seem to think just like me. Well, I won’t take more of your time, so, I’ll end up my message and send it before my connection times out (it in fact timed out and I am unsure if I set it or not, so don’t take it so bad if it is duplicated, please).
Keep up the great job and know that there ARE people who PICK the message. Bye!

Emir Starshyne on 7th of May 2013

First of all, I am amazed with your songs and their contents. I won’t cajole you, but truth must be said.
However, the reason that made me to get here was a peculiarity I found in one of your songs – The Fence. You mention a binary number: 00100100, and it is 36, that is (3+6) equal to 9 in numerology, the 9 means perfection and that “coincidence” made me think: “This man knows more than he shows, he actually knows more than the vast majority of the people that live in this world!” I admire you for the sarcasm, I laugh WITH you, I understand the message. And I feel that there is much more that you keep hidden – don’t know if it is due the probability of misunderstanding of your fans or due something else, but I feel that you DO know far much more than you already demonstrates.
Well, I won’t expect an answer from you, since you are an artist with a very busy agenda, but I want at least that this words come to you. I would like to talk to you, since in some moments, if your songs really show what you feel, you seem to think just like me. Well, I won’t take more of your time, so, I’ll end up my message and send it before my connection times out.
Keep up the great job and know that there ARE people who PICK the message. Bye!

Andy on 7th of April 2013

Hope these will be available for download after the broadcast, as I’m not going to be able to catch the middle episode… #QEDcon

Edvin Bergenfalk on 7th of April 2013

This is going to be absolutely incredible. What a divine mixture of genius.

Adam J R on 4th of April 2013

Tim Minchin, David Bowie and Absolute Radio…my three favourite things!

This is even more exciting than when Derren Brown interviewed Tim on Chain Reaction!

largestalan on 4th of April 2013

bugger me and tie me to a sloth,
DB and wonderful TIM. what a birthday pressie.

Chris on 4th of April 2013

When I first saw this I thought it was an incredibly elaborate (and late) April fools trick specifically targeted at me!

SO EXCITED!

Skye on 4th of April 2013

Hi
OMG it couldnt get any better then this…
LOVE Tim’s comdey music and theatre
And love David Bowie in labrinth and his music

Skye x

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