David Bowie's final years will be explored in a new documentary called 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'.

The late singer - who tragically died of liver cancer this January just two days after his 69th birthday - will appear on television screens once more as UK TV channel BBC Two is set to air the show in January 2017, a year after his death.

Directed by Francis Whately, 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' will serve as a follow-up to his BAFTA-award-winning 'David Bowie: Five Years', which was broadcast on BBC Two in 2013.

Speaking about the documentary, Francis said: ''I always hoped that I would make another film about Bowie as we were only able to scratch the surface in the first film, but I just didn't expect it to be this soon. However, looking at Bowie's extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to re-examine his life's work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change - Bowie the chameleon... 'ch ch ch changes' etc. Instead, I would like to show how the changes were often superficial, but the core themes in his work were entirely consistent - Alienation, Mortality and Fame.''

The new venture will feature rare and unseen archive footage, as well as early audio interviews which have never been released to the public before now. The film will also feature an exclusive never before heard vocal clip for 'Lazarus', the last single to be released by the icon before his passing.

Adam Barker, Channel Executive for BBC Two and BBC Four, said: ''BBC Two is thrilled to have commissioned this unique documentary chronicling the most recent achievements of one of the most significant figures in the history of music.''