BBC America Goes Royal
The recent royal engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton has set the world abuzz. Their highly anticipated nuptials will be held on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. In the months leading up to the big day, BBC AMERICA says the net will become the go-to-spot for all things related to the Prince and his soon-to-be Princess, in a way that only the BBC can. The channel has already declared a regal day of programming on Saturday, December 11, 2010 celebrating the British monarchy. From BBC America Reveals premieres showcasing the people who make up the UK’s first family to The Queen, the Oscar-winning movie dramatizing the Royals’ reaction to the untimely death of one of the world’s most adored princesses. And now, BBC AMERICA will add to the lineup an exclusive BBC World News America special, William & Kate: Modern Monarchy.
Hosted by BBC World News America’s Katty Kay, this exclusive 30 minute presentation will look at the storied history of William and Kate’s relationship - from their start at the University of St. Andrews to William’s proposal in Kenya. William & Kate: Modern Monarchy will include footage from the couple’s most recent televised interview, one of the few times the public has heard from Kate directly, as well as archival BBC footage. It will also look at how the British monarchy has adapted to survive over the last century and explore what the future holds for this beloved couple as they balance their public profile and the demands of Britain's intrusive press, with their private personal relationship. In addition to interviews with William and Kate's friends, the special will include an interview with the highly respected historian and documentarian Professor Simon Schama from Columbia University.
William & Kate: Modern Monarchy premieres Saturday, December 11, 3:30p.m. ET/PT and 7:30p.m. ET/PT.
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OTHER ROYAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMMING:
BBC AMERICA REVEALS… ART OF DIANA
The documentary, Art of Diana, celebrates the life and work of Princess Diana via many and varied pictures of her. Although she was the world's most photographed woman, curiously painted portraits of Diana remain in the background. The documentary assesses the shifting function of the portrait, looks at how the images of the Princess changed over the years, and asks whether her beauty was better captured by photographers than portrait painters? Art of Diana airs on Saturday, December 11, 12:00 p.m. ET/PT and 4:00p.m. ET/PT.
BBC AMERICA REVEALS… ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES – U.S PREMIERE
All The Queen’s Horses provides exclusive access to the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which takes place every year in the Queen’s back garden. The documentary offers an inside look info life at the Castle, including interviews with staff. The Queen and Prince Philip attend the show each day, giving their view on the event and expressing a shared passion for horsemanship, revealing a warm and intimate picture of the Royal Family. All the Queen’s Horses premieres Saturday, December 11, 1:00 p.m. ET/PT and 5:00p.m. ET/PT.
BBC AMERICA REVEALS… MEMORIES OF A QUEEN – U.S PREMIERE
Memories of a Queen follows the life of Elizabeth II as a princess, wife and monarch. From the splendor of her coronation to seeing her Windsor home go up in flames, the Queen, now in her 80s, seems indestructible. The documentary includes footage from Her Majesty’s Jubilee and 80th birthday meeting with Barack Obama, as well as extensive segments on Prince Charles, Camilla, and Princes William and Harry. Memories of a Queen premieres Saturday, December 11, 2:00 p.m. ET/PT and 6:00p.m. ET/PT.
BBC AMERICA REVEALS… WILLIAM AND HARRY: THE BROTHER PRINCES – U.S PREMIERE
In this 30 minute documentary, the 2nd and 3rd heirs to the throne give a rare TV interview. Filmed during the Princes’ recent visit to Southern Africa, they talk to journalist Julie Etchingham about their charity work in Southern Africa and their bond as brothers. William and Harry: The Brother Princes premieres Saturday, December 11, 3:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00p.m. ET/PT.
THE QUEEN - BBC AMERICA PREMIERE
The day concludes with the BBC AMERICA premiere of The Queen. Dame Helen Mirren gives an Oscar-winning performance as H.M. The Queen Elizabeth II as she copes with her country’s reaction to Princess Diana’s death in 1997. Michael Sheen also shines as Tony Blair in this Stephen Frears-directed film from 2006. The Queen premieres Saturday, December 11, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 11:00p.m. ET/PT.