Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream – BBC One

If you’ve never quite been a fan of Beyoncé, this documentary certainly won’t be the dawn of a new age of fandom.

In the studio with hair tied back, rehearsing for the Run the World video: Beyoncé as workaholic. Hair flowing while lying on the bed in full Venus pose, making (inexplicably) fuzzy video diaries announcing her pregnancy to herself: Beyoncé as mother. On the couch in cornrows, contemplating life values, God and how to muddle on through ‘it all': Beyoncé as philosopher.

None of these ‘insights’ are particularly insightful at all, but all come together to form a flattering picture of a woman who has conquered many a milestone that the rest of us may never have to face, in a myriad of hairstyles that allow her to be an everywoman and – an increasing rarity – a solid role model.

This is the exact version of herself that Queen B wants to be seen, backed up by conveniently captured home-video moments such as her and Jay-Z at a dinner party – one of the few scenes within the hour-long charade that ring true. Beyoncé is, unlike many other stars, almost fully in control of the public’s perception of her; interest in her relationship with her father has been almost eclipsed by the most well-managed baby birth of our times, helloblueivycarter.tumblr.com. But even the fact that she has occasioned to throw us all a profoundly-titled bone makes it worth watching.