Celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, UK network ITV has greenlit a new documentary project which will see TV presenter Phillip Schofield explore the work of the youth-focused charity through access to various exclusive events and interviews with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, along with other members of the royal family.
Filming has begun on the project, tentatively titled When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, with the broadcast on ITV set for later in the year. It’s produced by Spun Gold TV, producers of ITV’s When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince’s Trust, Love Your Garden and Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope.
Prince Philip will reflect on the achievement award he set up in 1956 and talk about its impact on the young people who take part. Schofield will also speak with Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, about the global reach of the DofE, as well as their own roles in the continuing success of the charity.
In addition, the DofE has created a one-time-only “diamond challenge” and thrown its doors open to applicants of all ages, whether newcomers or former participants, to raise money for the charity and receive a special diamond anniversary challenge pin.
The DofE is designed to encourage personal discovery and self-reliance, with millions of young people spanning 141 countries and territories having participated since 1956. In the UK alone, over 2.5 million awards have been achieved, according to the charity.
The documentary is executive produced for Spun Gold by Fintan Maguire.