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Which Must Watch British Series Just Scored An Original David Bowie Theme Song?

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 22, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 22, 2015 |

This week may have kicked off the long awaited fall season of television, but from the looks of things so far (The Bastard Executioner, Minority Report, Blindspot, Gotham) the great stuff must be somewhere beyond the horizon…possibly across the pond. I’ve seen the premiere episodes of the first three of those series, and let me tell you, if that’s what we’ve been waiting for, I’m going right back to Netflix. But, good things are headed our way, and one of them brings us a certain War Doctor, a Precog, A Prophet, and Croation actor, Goran Bogdan (Goltzius and the Pelican Company).


The foursome star in Jack Thorne’s (Skins, Shameless, This Is England, Cast-Offs) upcoming 6-part crime series, The Last Panthers, directed by Johan Renck (Bloodline, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Vikings) about an insurance adjustor (Morton) and her “nefarious” boss (Hurt) chasing after a slew of diamonds the notorious Pink Panthers have expertly made off with.

Here’s the first look teaser:

As if this well-credentialed international crime series could be any more of a draw …David Bowie has written The Last Panthers’ theme song — his first for a film or television series in over 20 years (1993’s The Buddha of Suburbia). As Johan Reneck puts it, “I was looking for one of the icons of my youth to write the music for the title sequence, but was presented with a God.” The director described Bowie’s piece thusly:

“His first response was precise, engaged and curious. The piece of music he laid before us embodied every aspect of our characters and the series itself — dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental (in the best possible incarnation of this word). All along, the man inspired and intrigued me and as the process passed, I was overwhelmed with his generosity. I still can’t fathom what actually happened…”

Indeed, I can’t even imagine what it’s like to have someone of David Bowie’s caliber thinking about writing a song for one’s series, never mind that idea actually coming to fruition.


(via David Bowie’s Facebook)

The Last Panther will air on Sky Atlantic this fall, and you can bet your arse I’ll be watching it.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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