Controversial Queen documentary to air on BBC

November 14th, 2007 - 8:33 am ICT by admin  
BBC1 is to screen the five-part series, A Year with the Queen, now renamed Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work, before Christmas this year.

All profits from sales of the series worldwide by independent producer RDF Media will be given to charities nominated by the royal household.

The series sparked a controversy earlier this year when a promotional clip, shown to journalists at a seasonal launch, was edited to make it look as if the monarch had walked out of a photo shoot.

The row that followed led to the resignation of BBC1 controller Peter Fincham and RDF creative director Stephen Lambert, after the latter admitted editing footage in the promo.

Palace sources have warned that while the Queen had given the series the go-ahead, the row may have damaged her relationship with the BBC permanently.

Senior palace insiders said today that the furore had “broken a long-standing bond of trust” between Buckingham Palace and the broadcaster.

Jana Bennett, director of BBC Vision, confirmed that BBC1 will go ahead with the planned series, completed by a new project team, set up and supervised by the BBC and consisting of staff from the BBC, from RDF Television and freelancers.

Denys Blakeway will head up the production team as an independent executive producer reporting to BBC commissioning executive Martin Davidson.

Buckingham Palace has been consulted about the decision to air the series.

“We have been talking to all the parties and all are content that we are going ahead,” the Daily Mail quoted a BBC spokeswoman, as saying.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “It was a decision for the BBC. We’re pleased that it will be going ahead because it gives a valuable look at the work of the Royal Family.” (ANI)

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