Friday 15 Marc Bolan: Cosmic Dancer 9pm, BBC Four
SEPTEMBER 16 is the 40th anniversary of the death of Marc Bolan, who was only 29 when the fatal car accident occurred. This documentary isn’t definitive, but it’s decent enough – despite the dubious decision to open with a reconstruction of the crash for the benefit of the hard-of-thinking. Perhaps because he bowed out so early, and didn’t ride and ring the changes with the same savvy, superhuman capability, Bolan is now almost seen as a John The Baptist figure for the coming of David Bowie. But, as the great archive footage here makes clear, he was always his own revolutionary, from the Mod Hobbit of the 1960s, to the electric boogaloo warrior who reinvented the thrill of 1950s rock’n’roll for the early-1970s. Told in Bolan’s words, narrated from his diaries, the profile also benefits from new interviews with the right people, including producer Tony Visconti, manager Simon Napier-Bell, older brother Harry Feld and pals like Steve Harley. To stick him back in a pigeonhole, it’s followed by the compilation Glam Rock At The BBC (11pm).