'You could hear him smile': Jon Culshaw on the dos and don'ts of impersonating David Bowie 

David Bowie
David Bowie

On paper, the idea of a radio play reimagining David Bowie’s last days in the studio as he records his final album Blackstar fills one with a slight sense of dread. With Dead Ringers impressionist Jon Culshaw playing the singer, and with all things Bowie-related verging on the overly-venerable since his death two years ago, it’s easy to imagine a work that either needlessly further canonises the singer or sounds like a comedy sketch.

Almost automatically an internal voice trills a nasal, ascending ‘Zzzavid Bow-eee’ as you think of now-familiar impressions by everyone from Rob Brydon to Adam Buxton to Phil Cornwell in 1990s TV show Stella Street.

But The Final Take: Bowie in the Studio, which...

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