Charles at 60: The Passionate Prince

2008   BBC One

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An observational film about the Prince of Wales’s sixtieth year, with unparalleled access to his private business meetings, his homes at Clarence House, Highgrove and Birkhall, as well as his public engagements.  This film was produced by BBC Events (1 x 90’)


Narrator Robert Hardman
Photography Jonathan Partridge, Neil Harvey, Dirk Nel
Sound Paul Paragon, Bob Withey, Patrick Boland
Dubbing Mixer Jez Spencer
Production Manager Sarah Daly
Music Edmund Jolliffe
Film Editor Samuel Santana
Executive Producer Nick Vaughan-Barratt
Produced and Directed by John Bridcut


'Charles at 60, a portrait by the director John Bridcut, [was] not so much affectionate as restorative; springing, you felt, from the director's belief that here is a man who will be king – the commentary put across the message that talk of the crown "jumping a generation" to Prince William is hot air – and here is what we can admire in him.


The programme was the fruit of more than a year of following the prince about in pursuit of the interests of his family of charities. He emerged as one who, as the prince himself said, made up as he went along the position (saying the word, he raised his eyes to the heavens) he holds. He has shaped his role, the film made clear, into a kind of prolonged transition of monarchy from the mute and now much-admired dignity of his mother to a kind of post-royalism: monarchy as leadership of a think- and do-tank that seeks to save the world from inhuman building, industrialised housing and genetically modified crops.

Diana was never mentioned, but there was a strongly implied comparison between Charles's charitable activity - underpinned by his Jungian philosophy that we are all, at some level, part of the One - and Diana's public works more sternly directed to bolstering her own and her friends' celebrity. Charles, in this version, has something about him of Chance the gardener, the simple character played by Peter Sellers in the 1979 film Being There , whose mantra is "all will be well in the garden". But he is more like a national uncle, endlessly genial, happy at last in his wrinkling skin, leaving celebrity to the more demented of his future subjects.'

John Lloyd, Financial Times

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