BBC Studios and Post Production’s Digital Media Services team has digitally restored the original black and white televised film footage of the Queen’s Coronation
The footage was first broadcast on 2 June 1953.
Amounting to 7 ¼ hours of coverage, the remastered Coronation will be shown by BBC Parliament on Sunday 2 June, 60 years after its original broadcast.
The project was commissioned by BBC Information & Archives as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
Some 45 reels of negative black and white footage was ultrasonically cleaned, then transferred, digitised, graded, grain reduced and dust busted.
Colourist Jonathan Wood said: “The original images and sound were captured by filming a purpose-built monitor, which at the time was the only practical way to preserve live television broadcasts.
“The 35mm reels of film lasted about ten minutes each, so had to be regularly changed.
“This mean that a key part of the restoration was ensuring the overlaps and mid-shot joins were seamlessly. The sprocket damage and scratches were also painstakingly painted out.”