BBC Plans Queen's Coronation Celebration Season
LONDON -- The BBC is planning a season of programming to mark the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation across both television and radio.
The BBC's coronation commissions will "celebrate and showcase the history" behind the day, June 2, 1953, which marked the first coronation to be televised and the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The season will include the public broadcaster's digital channel BBC Parliament rolling out a digitally re-mastered version of the Abbey coronation service in full on Sunday June 2, 2013.
The original footage has been restored by BBC Studios and Post Production.
The broadcast will follow the exact times of the original coronation, airing from 10:15 to 17:20 on BBC Parliament.
BBC One, the broadcaster's flagship channel, has commissioned The Queen: A Passion For Horses, a one-off special about the British monarch's lifelong love of horses.
Presented by award winning TV host Clare Balding, and featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Queen as she interacts with her horses in training and their newborn foals, the film will chart Her Majesty’s 65 year career as one of Britain’s leading breeders.
"The Queen is one of the most accomplished and respected breeders in Britain, with an especially impressive knowledge of thoroughbreds; she has bred the winners of over 1,600 races," said Balding.
Balding's grandfather, father and brother have all trained horses for the Queen.
BBC One’s The People’s Coronation will see David Dimbleby recalling history by revisiting the 1953 Coronation through the people who took part and who celebrated it across the country.
David's father, Richard Dimbleby, presented the TV broadcast from Westminster Abbey.
BBC Two has commissioned a four part series on British music and monarchy, which sees historian David Starkey present his first authored television series for the BBC - David Starkey's Music And Monarchy.