“Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing / News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in…”
As well as his more oblique cut-ups and allegories, David Bowie was a pretty efficient storyteller when he wanted to be. His …Ziggy Stardust… opener ‘Five Years’ is one of his best. News hits Earth that the apocalypse is coming in five years. Earth reacts. That’s pretty much it.
For BBC One’s high concept new drama Hard Sun, creator Neil Cross (Luther, Spooks… and it shows) has not only borrowed the track for his closing montage, he’s also pretty much said, “What if ‘Five Years’ but also a gritty, occasionally violent London buddy cop crime thriller”.