PBS lines up British-centric summer programming

In the lead up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, the American public broadcaster will air four factual series, including Michael Wood's Story of England (pictured), about British history and the monarchy.
May 24, 2012

PBS is tapping into the global focus on the United Kingdom with “Best of Britain,” a slate of summer factual programming exploring the British monarchy, past and present.

In the lead up to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June and the 2012 Olympic Games in London in July, the American pubcaster will roll out four factual series in the summer months.

Trevor McDonald’s Queen & Country is a show that explores the historic royal palaces and the customs surrounding the monarchy; while Michael Wood’s Story of England (pictured above) recounts England’s 2,000-year history through the story of one small town.

Elsewhere, Queen Victoria’s Empire is a series that uses re-enactments to show England’s transformation from a small island nation to industry superpower; while Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work follows the royal family as they travel and work.

Preview PBS’ “Best of Britain” programming here.

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