The rocker has recorded an original piece of music, which will feature in the opening credits of director Johan Renck's new series.

Renck, who has also worked with Madonna, Beyonce and Lana Del Rey, says, "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. 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... 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."

Bowie, whose last TV theme was for the BBC's The Buddha of Suburbia in 1993, is currently working on the music for a new Broadway stage show, Lazarus.

The Last Panthers is a six-part series chronicling a fictitious alliance of European gangsters. It stars Samantha Morton and John Hurt and will premiere later this year (15).