Key points in David Bowie's life will form the basis of a new documentary. 'David Bowie - Five Years' will air on BBC Two in May.

"I'm thrilled to be bringing this film to BBC Two," BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow told NME. "'David Bowie – Five Years' promises to be a revealing look at the life and career of one of the modern era's most influential and innovative performers."

Named after the opening cut from 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,' the film will look at what Bowie did in the years 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1983 - in addition to his current comeback - complete with unseen archival footage and interviews. Director Francis Whatley has been working on the project since 2001.

After a decade of near-silence, Bowie has seemingly been everywhere since releasing his new single, 'Where Are We Now,' on his birthday last month, with a new album, 'The Next Day,' to come March 12. His song, 'Sound and Vision,' was covered by Beck for a commercial, and his time in Berlin with Iggy Pop is being made into a film. But he has already ruled out the idea of going back on tour.