Channel 4 to mark the coronation with Frankie Boyle and The Windsors Coronation Special
Channel 4 to mark the coronation with altogether different royal programming
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
NEWS PROVIDED BY
As the nation prepares for the coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort next month, Channel 4 is set to mark the occasion in an altogether different way.
Frankie Boyle’s Farewell to the Monarchy airs in the build up to the coronation, providing a different perspective on the history of the royal family and its modern-day goings on, as the comedian asks whether the royal family has a place in today’s world. Or, as he puts it: “Increasingly, the British monarchy appear like animals in a zoo that’s fallen on hard times – fidgety, balding, pacing up and down their marble cage, pausing only to chew their own tail off or commit a sex crime out of boredom.”
A coronation special of The Windsors sees Harry Enfield reprise his role as the soon-to-be-King Charles who is preparing for the UK’s first coronation in 70 years. But whilst the new King is keen for his coronation to be a grand affair, sadly, the UK is in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis and Wills thinks the event should reflect these more straitened times. Is Charles willing to kick start his reign with a cut price coronation?
In Andrew - The Problem Prince (w/t), Emily Maitlis speaks in detail about the interview that shook the monarchy and the world in November 2019. This brand-new two-part documentary series uses rare archive footage, interviews with BBC producer Sam McAlister and exclusive access to palace insiders, to uncover the inside story of Prince Andrew's disastrous Newsnight interview and unravel the scandal that led to his spectacular fall from grace.
There will also be another chance to watch Prince Andrew: The Musical.
On the day of the coronation itself, Saturday 6th May, Channel 4 will have an alternative schedule (to be confirmed) that will provide an escape from the pomp and ceremony elsewhere.
Channel 4’s Chief Content Officer, Ian Katz, comments: “Channel 4 exists to provide viewers with an alternative, so as the nation is engulfed by pomp, circumstance and forelock-tugging, we’ll be offering a rather less reverential slate of programmes including Frankie Boyle’s case against the monarchy and the Windsors’ scabrous satirical take on the Coronation.”
Frankie Boyle’s Farewell to the Monarchy
As he focuses on the behaviour of royals past – violent, ruthless, land grabbing, child murdering, wife-beheading, slave trading, misogynist and empire-building – he wonders how these qualities have shaped our royal family today.
Frankie’s long been fascinated by the strange and unique institution that is the British royal family, especially how it has survived so long. It may be the most famous monarchy in the world, but with the Coronation of King Charles looming, he wants to know should it, and will it, continue?
1 x 60 min
The Windsors Coronation Special
Sadly, the UK is in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis and Wills (Hugh Skinner) thinks the coronation should reflect these more straitened times. As for Harry (Richard Goulding) and Meghan (Kathryn Drysdale) they’re finally free of Windsors’ family issues to concentrate on their simple life in California. But can they really afford to miss Harry’s father’s coronation?
The Windsors Coronation Special also stars Kate Middleton (Louise Ford), Pippa Middleton (Morgana Robinson), Princess Beatrice (Ellie White), Princess Eugenie (Celeste Dring), Princess Anne (Vicki Pepperdine) and Prince Edward (Matthew Cottle). And introducing Sophie Wessex (Anna Morris).
1 x 60 min
Andrew - The Problem Prince (w/t)
The documentary features interviews with renowned journalist Emily Maitlis, who gives a first-hand account of the nerve-wracking preparations and the interview that forever changed Prince Andrew's life. The series also features Sam McAlister, the BBC Newsnight producer who spent over a year negotiating the interview with the Palace and securing the scoop of a lifetime. Using rare archive footage, as well as exclusive interviews with palace insiders and those who know Prince Andrew best, Andrew - The Problem Prince (w/t) unravels the web of scandal that led to his spectacular fall from grace. The series examines his ill-fated relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, which ultimately led to the Newsnight interview.
Structured around the interview, the series explores his early years as the "enfant terrible" of the Royal Family to his heroic status as a Falklands war hero, his dubious business connections and descent into infamy.
2 x 60 min
Source Channel 4
April 18, 2023 3:00am ET by Channel 4