Imagine to screen “unique, confessional film” about Beyoncé

Alan Yentob's BBC1 arts series will also broadcast a programme about David Bowie's 1975 documentary, Cracked Actor

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Two of the world’s biggest pop stars will be profiled on BBC1 over the coming weeks in two Imagine specials: one about Beyonce.


Imagine – Beyonce: Life is But a Dream is billed as a “unique, confessional film” which will consist largely of video diary footage shot by the former Destiny’s Child singer and give viewers a unique look at the artist and her high-energy performances.

Scheduled to be broadcast at the end of this month, the Beyonce film promises to be a “multi-faceted portrait” of the Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother.

To celebrate the release of David Bowie’s new album and mark the opening of a new V&A exhibition about the maverick musician, in April Imagine’s host Alan Yentob will take a look back at his 1975 documentary about Bowie, Cracked Actor.

The film followed Bowie on his 1974 Diamond Dogs tour and captured a brilliant but troubled performer at a turning point in his career.

“Bowie had come to America with an extraordinary cast of characters, all of whom he had determined to kill off by the end of the Diamond Dogs tour,” said Yentob, discussing the film.

“I’d caught him at what was an intensely creative time, but it was also physically and emotionally gruelling. Our encounters tended to take place in hotel rooms in the early hours of the morning or in snatched conversations in the back of limousines. He was fragile and exhausted but also prepared to open up and talk in a way he had never really done before.”


Imagine – Beyonce: Life is But a Dream will be broadcast on Thursday 28 March at 10:35pm, and Imagine – David Bowie: Cracked Actor is due to air on Thursday 4 April, also at 10:35pm.