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BBC announces Charles III doc

November 24, 2023

The BBC has announced Charles III: The Coronation Year – a new 90-minute documentary made by Oxford Films for BBC One and iPlayer. The film will offer a unique insight into the life of King Charles III and Queen Camilla and take viewers behind the scenes of the first year of the reign of King Charles. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, it will air this December as part of the BBC’s Christmas offering.

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, The King had to lead his family and the country in mourning. At the same time, he had to embrace his destiny on the most famous throne in the world. With exclusive access, the cameras follow King Charles III and Queen Camilla through landmark moments of the first year of their reign, as they embrace their new roles and carry out their work and duties. Filmed as Buckingham Palace prepares for, delivers, and celebrates the first Coronation in 70 years, and in the months that followed, this documentary features contributions from members of the Royal Family and key players in The King and Queen’s Household.

Kate Phillips, BBC Director of Unscripted, commented: “It’s a real privilege to be given such extraordinary behind the scenes access to the first year of King Charles’ reign. It is a remarkable time in history and this documentary will offer a unique insight into King Charles and Queen Camilla, and the preparation and planning leading to their coronation – a momentous ceremony watched by millions around the world.”

Simon Young, BBC Head of History, Factual Commissioning, said: “At the heart of this story is a man who is taking on the job that has always awaited him. Everyone wants to know how he takes on that challenge. This film captures a behind the scenes view of the King and his coronation the like of which has never been seen before.”

Nicolas Kent, Executive Producer, Oxford Films, added: “With this film we set out to tell the story of this historic year from the inside looking out, rather than from the outside looking in, and we’ve been lucky to get privileged access to do just that.”

Charles III: The Coronation Year is directed by Ashley Gething, produced by Faye Hamilton and the writer and co-producer is Robert Hardman.

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