Queen docu on BBC1 fall schedule
EmptyLONDON -- A behind-the-scenes look at Queen Elizabeth II in her 80th year will form the centerpiece of BBC1's fall schedule, unveiled Wednesday by channel controller Peter Fincham.
Featuring unprecedented access to the queen and her immediate family, "A Year With the Queen" shows the monarch in candid moments, including a scene in which she walks out of an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot after the Vanity Fair photographer asks her to remove her crown because it looks "too dressy."
"I am not changing anything, thank you very much," the queen is heard to say as she leaves. The docu also includes footage of family members including Princes William, Harry and Charles.
"Queen" was filmed over the period of a year and also includes an interview with President Bush before the monarch's recent trip to the U.S.
Other documentary highlights for the BBC1 fall season include "Blair," in which the former prime minister discusses his 10-year tenure, the impact the job has had on his life and family and the factors that led to his decision to leave office.
On the drama front, Judi Dench, Francesca Annis, Michael Gambon and Philip Glenister will star in "Cranford Chronicles," an adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novels. Set in a small market town, the drama traces the impact on its residents of the construction of a railway line that will connect it to the industrial world.
Other scheduled dramas include the Stephen Poliakoff film "Joe's Palace," about the forgotten lives and loves that haunt a mysterious but beautiful mansion, and a series of modern reinventions of such classic Grimm fairytales as "Rapunzel" and "Cinderella."
Entertainment highlights include the return of "Strictly Come Dancing" and "The Eurovision Dance Contest."