David Bowie

TV Review: Urban Myths – David Bowie And Marc Bolan, Sky Arts

Of all the Urban Myths short films in this new series it was this one, homing in on an early meeting between David Bowie and Marc Bolan, that I was most anxious about. It is also the one that stirred up the most controversy on social media too.

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News: Ricky Gervais Talks About David Brent & David Bowie

Ricky Gervais has talked about exchanging emails with David Bowie shortly before his death. Despite regular communication Bowie did not reveal how ill he was. "He must have known. He kept it from everyone," said Gervais.

Gervais was talking to Colin Paterson on Radio 5 to promote his new Netflix movie, Special Correspondents.

At the start of the year Gervais emailed David Bowie to say he loved his new album and Bowie sent back a funny email.

Preview: Karaoke Circus Revived for Bowie Tribute

The cult comedy-music night Karaoke Circus is being revived for a special tribute to David Bowie.

Bowieoke Circus will take place at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on Thursday, February 11. All proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK and MacMillan Cancer Support.

The event is organised by the usual Karaoke Circus team of Danielle Ward, Martin White, David Reed, Foz Foster, Dan Tetsell and The Baron. 

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News: Ricky Gervais Talks About His Friendship With Bowie

Ricky Gervais has talked about how he went from being a fan of David Bowie to being a friend.

News: How Bowie Nearly Joined Flight of the Conchords

Jemaine Clement has revealed how he and co-star Bret McKenzie tried to get David Bowie to play himself in an episode of the Flight of the Conchords TV series in 2007.

In the episode, entitled Bowie, the rock star visits Bret in various dream sequences and offers him advice. In one scene he advises him to wear an eyepatch. The show famously includes the duo’s musical tribute Bowie’s In Space, in which they reference various Bowie musical styles.

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News: Ricky Gervais David Bowie Tribute

Always save your correspondence. I learnt that when Ricky Gervais became a global superstar. Back in 1998 I was working for Time Out and received a neat typewritten letter from Gervais asking politely if I would review his first-ever TV pilot. It was a one-off for C4's Comedy Lab strand called Golden Years. In it Gervais played a Bowie-obsessed office worker who dreams of rock stardom. I think I gave the programme a reasonable review but in one of my annual purges I threw the letter away.

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