Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70

2018   BBC One

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For this observational documentary to mark the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales, John Bridcut had exclusive access to the heir to the throne for a period of twelve months, both at work and behind the scenes, at home and abroad.  The film features interviews with those who know the Prince best, The Duchess of Cornwall and the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex.  His sons discuss their upbringing and their feelings about Prince Charles’s working life.

The documentary charts that working life at a time when the Prince has been taking an increasingly prominent role representing Her Majesty The Queen.  He is seen on working visits to County Durham, Cornwall and the Brecon Beacons, and at home at Highgrove in Gloucestershire, and Birkhall in Aberdeenshire.  The film features behind-the-scenes footage of Prince Charles with the Queen in Buckingham Palace at the time of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, when the Prince was named as the next Head of the Commonwealth.  

Also included is the ceremonial welcome given to the Prince in the Pacific island republic of Vanuatu, when he was invested as a high chief, and his visit to three Caribbean countries struggling to recover after hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

What emerges is a revealing and intimate portrait of the longest-serving heir to the throne, who still feels he has a lot more to do.

FILM CREDITS

Narrator Paapa Essiedu
Photography Jonathan Partridge
Additional Photography Vaughan Matthews
Sound Recordist Paul Paragon
Sound Recordist Patrick Boland
Additional Sound Recordist Paul Nathan
Film Editor Riaz Meer
Production Manager Fay Thompson
Composer Edmund Jolliffe
Online Editor Dominic McMahon
Dubbing Mixer Andrew Sears
Colourist Michael Sanders
Executive Producer Simon Berthon
Written and directed by John Bridcut
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