New life for 'Queen'


The BBC is moving forward with the broadcast of controversial royal documentary "A Year With the Queen" under the new title "Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work," director of television Jana Bennett said Monday, adding that all profits from the series will be given to charities nominated by Buckingham Palace and the BBC.

The program, made by RDF Media, forced the resignation of BBC1 controller Peter Fincham and RDF creative head Stephen Lambert after it emerged that Lambert had re-edited footage from the series to make it look as if the monarch had stormed out of a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz.

Bennett said the newly titled five-part series will air before Christmas and offer unique insight into the work of the Queen and other members of the royal family as they go about their duties at home and abroad.

"There has never been any doubt about the integrity of the films themselves: They are a serious and important look at the way the monarchy works," Bennett said. "With exceptional access, viewers will get a remarkable picture of the work of the royal family over the course of a year."

The series will be completed by a new project team set up and supervised by the BBC.