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Networks scramble for Elizabeth Taylor docs

TV channels around the world are rushing to programming documentaries and retrospectives on Elizabeth Taylor (pictured), after the two-time Oscar-winning actor and screen icon passed away yesterday.
March 24, 2011

TV channels around the world are rushing to programming documentaries and retrospectives on Elizabeth Taylor (pictured), after the two-time Oscar-winning English actor passed away yesterday.

In the U.S., Bio Channel is putting together BIO Remembers: Elizabeth Taylor, billed as a “two-hour intimate look at the very public private life” of the Hollywood star, to air tonight at 8 p.m. EST.

TV Guide Network, meanwhile, has already managed to squeeze something on air. It transmitted an original one-hour special, entitled Elizabeth Taylor: A Life, A Legacy, at 8 p.m. EST last night.

That special looked at the actor’s professional and personal life through historical footage and interviews with celebrities such as Elton John, Sharon Stone and Joan Rivers, and will be repeated tonight at 7 p.m. EST.

Also quick to react yesterday was ABC News, which aired a special edition of its Nightline strand called Nightline: Remembering Elizabeth Taylor, at 11.35 p.m. EST. The special featured Barbara Walters – who interviewed Taylor five times – reflecting on her encounters with the star.

In Australia, cable channel Bio plans to air Screen Legends – Elizabeth Taylor: Facets tonight at 10:30 p.m., repeating on March 27 at 1.00 p.m.; while SBS-owned cable and satellite arts channel Stvdio will tonight air Elizabeth Taylor: England’s Other Elizabeth, a one-hour doc featuring an interview with Taylor in her Los Angeles home in 2003, in which she talks about her career, life and lovers.

The doc will air at 7.30 p.m., repeating on March 26 at 4.00 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Stvdio is also planning to air an episode of the series Great Film Romances tonight, at 7 p.m. The program examines the love lives of 20th Century icons, and the selected episode explores Taylor and Richard Burton’s relationship, which saw them marry and divorce twice.

In parallel with the doc activity, film channels around the world have been quick to capitalize on the star’s passing. In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies announced plans to air a 24-hour marathon of movies featuring the actor.

Taylor died yesterday in Los Angeles, aged 79, from congestive heart failure. She is survived by her four children, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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