Crux Productions has now embarked on a film about King George III, based on his private papers held at the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle. At the beginning of April, Her Majesty The Queen launched a five-year project to digitise the Georgian papers and make them available to the public online. No more than about 12% of this archive has been previously published, and noone yet quite knows what it will reveal. The documentary, for BBC Two, will be presented by Robert Hardman.
Also underway is a long-term project about the history of the BBC, aimed at the Corporation's centenary in 2022, and a film about the classical music world's greatest tenor. Details to follow in due course.
Fantastic Mr Dahl, John Bridcut's 2005 documentary about the life and work of Roald Dahl, has been released on Blu-Ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection, as part of a 3-disc set of Wes Anderson's animation of Fantastic Mr Fox. The documentary, presented by Alan Yentob, was originally made in 2005 for Imagine on BBC One.
Prince Charles's programme, A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen by The Prince of Wales, is now available on DVD. When first broadcast on BBC One, it trended on Twitter, where The Queen's home movies and her eldest son's responses to them caught people's imagination. It achieved an audience share of 33%, with an average audience higher than either EastEnders or Coronation Street the same evening.
'Of all the commemorative, reflective (and sometimes glutinously sycophantic) programmes on air, it struck to the heart', wrote Libby Purves in her column in The Times.