The British monarchy is a fascinating subject for people all over the world – a fact that should help distributor TVF International shift Inside Buckingham Palace.
Distributor TVF International
Producer Wildfire Television
Length 2 x 60 minutes
Broadcaster Channel 5 (UK)
The Queen’s London home is one of the most famous buildings in the world and the two-part documentary explores the iconic palace, which is not only the Queen and Prince Philip’s private residence, but also the office of the head of state and a regular venue for state occasions.
The doc includes interviews with former palace staff, royal confidantes, historians and celebrities, as well as archive footage and dramatic reconstructions of events including George V’s stomach operation.
The series also presents some of the more lurid tales about the royal family, including Princes Anne’s love affair with Captain Peter Townsend (pictured), and claims that Prince Philip had a series of affairs during the early years of his marriage – and that he forced the Queen Mother to move out of Buckingham Palace by constantly turning down the heating.
The series was produced by Wildfire Television for Channel 5 and rated well for the Viacom-owned channel in February, with a consolidated average of 1.7 million (6.5%).
The show is the latest Inside… series produced by Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan producer Wildfire, which is run by managing director Philip Clarke.
Previous editions went inside Broadmoor and Holloway prisons. “We continued our interest in the stranger institutions in this country,” jokes Clarke. “Buckingham Palace has a unique way of operating.”
Clarke hopes that renewed interest in the royal family around the Queen’s 90th birthday will add to the interest from international broadcasters.
TVF International is taking a number of other factual titles to Mip TV, including Antidote Productions’ Professor Green-fronted BBC3 films Suicide And Me and Hidden And Homeless; Reef Television’s Hidden Villages, presented by Penelope Keith; Matt Damon-narrated environmental doc Dispatches From The Gulf; and BBC4’s George McGavin-fronted Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor.