UK pubcaster BBC has commissioned Anthony Geffen‘s Atlantic Productions to develop an hour-long film to mark the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation.
A copro with Smithsonian Channel and ABC Television Australia, The Coronation will reveal the story of the Crown Jewels – which form part of the Royal Collection, consisting of 140 items and 23,000 precious stones – and the ancient ceremony for which they are used through cutting-edge, high-resolution footage. The Crown Jewels serve as symbols of the relationship between the Sovereign and the people, and the duties and responsibilities of leadership.
The film will share Her Majesty The Queen’s memories of the 1953 ceremony, as well as the coronation of her father King George VI in 1937, while also exploring the story of St Edward’s Crown, which was destroyed after the English Civil War and remade for the Coronation of Charles II in 1661.
The special also features eyewitness accounts of those who participated in the 1953 Coronation, including a maid of honor who nearly fainted in the Abbey, and a 12-year-old choirboy who was left to sing solo when his overwhelmed colleagues lost their voices.
The Coronation will be broadcast on BBC1 in the UK and Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. at 8 p.m. on Jan. 14.
The project is distributed by FremantleMedia International and will subsequently debut across the U.S. and Australia by its broadcast partners.
BBC’s director of content Charlotte Moore and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning for natural history and specialist factual, commissioned The Coronation for the British network. The BBC commissioning editor is Simon Young.
Atlantic Productions’ Anthony Geffen is executive producer. Harvey Lilley is producer and director. Alastair Bruce is program consultant.
“It is a real honor to have Her Majesty The Queen revealing her intimate knowledge of the Crown Jewels – and fond childhood memories from when her father was crowned King George VI in this very special film for BBC1,” said Moore, BBC’s director of content, in a statement. “In her own words, The Queen will bring to life the enduring symbolic importance of the Coronation ceremonies for modern audiences to enjoy.”
The hour-long special will serve as part of theRoyal Collection Season, a partnership between the BBC and Royal Collection Trust, which looks to reveal the history of the Royal Collection.
Other programs in the Royal Collection Season include BBC4′s four-part Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection, which reveals spectacular works of art in the Royal Collection; and BBC2′s Charles I’s Treasures Reunited, exploring the Royal Academy’s landmark exhibition Charles I: King and Collector.