The Queen is heading around the world after FremantleMedia International sold documentary The Coronation into 70 territories.
The distributor revealed that it closed agreements on the Atlantic Productions doc, which aired on BBC One in the UK and Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. at Mip TV.
The Coronation has been picked up by broadcasters including CBC and Tele-Quebec (Canada), Prime (New Zealand), NatGeo (Latin America), France Television (France), DR (Denmark), Telefonica (Spain), Sky (Italy), NHK (Japan), BBC Persian (Middle East, Tajikistan & Afghanistan), RTBF (Belgium), Česká TV (Czech Republic), ERT (Greece), LTV1 (Latvia), Dutch public broadcaster EO (The Netherlands), NRK (Norway), Channel 1 (Russia), RTVS (Slovakia), NTV (Turkey) and TVB (Hong Kong).
The film marks the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation and, for the first time on camera, The Queen shares memories of the ceremony, as well as that of her father, King George VI, in 1937. The doc also reveals the secrets of the jewels, including how they were hidden in a biscuit tin under Windsor Castle during World War Two. The Crown Jewels, which form part of the Royal Collection, consist of 140 items and contain 23,000 precious stones.
Jens Richter, CEO, FremantleMedia International said, “The Coronation is a truly special film. It is not only a fascinating insight into the history of the Crown Jewels and the Coronation ceremony, it has the ultimate commentary from Her Majesty The Queen who recalls this momentous event first-hand. It is a great privilege to be working with Atlantic Productions to bring The Coronation to a worldwide audience.”
Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions added, “The 1953 Coronation was a defining moment in modern history. To have The Queen tell us, for the first time, her own personal experience of this global event is a piece of television history. We are honoured to have been able to create this lasting historical document and are hugely appreciative of the collaboration with The Royal Household, our broadcast partners and FremantleMedia International.”