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David Bowie writes The Last Panthers theme song

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David Bowie has written the theme music for an upcoming show named The Last Panthers, the British television channel Sky Atlantic announced Tuesday. The track is Bowie’s first for the small screen since 1993, when he wrote the theme and soundtrack for the BBC’s The Buddha of Suburbia.

Directed by Johan Renck—whose credits also include episodes of Bloodline, Breaking Bad, and The Walking DeadThe Last Panthers is a six-hour drama based on the aftermath of a real-life diamond heist. “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,” Renck said in a statement. “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,” Renck added. “I still can’t fathom what actually happened.”

Bowie hasn’t put out an album since 2013’s The Next Day—although he releases a reissues set this Friday and will contribute music to the upcoming SpongeBob Squarepants musical.