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Key collaborators, friends and peers contribute their memories of working with a man whose awkward perfectionism reaped great rewards, but not without causing significant collateral damage along the way – his transformation from the folkie-on-the-make of ‘Hunky Dory’ to the emaciated coke fiend of the LA years is terrifying. Bowie himself contributes only through archive interviews, but the clips are smartly chosen if seldom revelatory.
But as a one-stop shop for the great man’s finest moments, ‘Five Years’ is invaluable. The likes of Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Nic Roeg (whose ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ follows at 10.50pm) compete for best anecdote, but Nile Rodgers wins by a mile with his uproarious tale of Bowie, Billy Idol and barfing in early ’80s NYC. Opaque, intriguing and exhilarating by turns – which is surely just how Dame David would want it.