British pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered London factual producer Blink Films, a Tin Roof Media company, to produce a three-part series that will provide insight into the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Royals Declassified (working title; 3 x 60 minutes) will utilize letters, diaries, eyewitness testimony and audio recordings, as well as interviews with royal insiders, historians and politicians, to examine the British monarch’s rule.
The first installment of the three-parter will zero in on the queen’s intimate relationships with British prime ministers, including her fractious dealings with Margaret Thatcher, while part two will explore Queen Elizabeth’s relationships with her husband Prince Philip and her family. The third and final film, meanwhile, will explore how a Soviet spy managed to work for a number of years from within Buckingham Palace.
Shaminder Nahal, Channel 4′s commissioning editor for specialist factual, said in a statement that the program would “bring many intriguing aspects of the history of the Crown to life in primary color – with wit, verve and fascinating detail.”
“What makes these films so compelling is the new evidence we’ve uncovered both from declassified documents and from contributors,” added Dan Chambers, creative director of Blink Films.
Blink’s Dan Chambers and Tom Adams serve as executive producers on Royals Declassified with Andy Webb and Ian Hunt directing. It was commissioned for Channel 4 by Fatima Salaria and is being overseen at Channel 4 by Shaminder Nahal.
Royals Declassified is distributed internationally by Fremantle.