Jubilee telly + the best Royal Family docs to watch now

Who’s ready for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend? We've rounded up some of the best TV to celebrate the momentous event, as well as plenty of Royal Family documentaries available to watch now.

THE QUEEN'S PLATINUM JUBILEE 2022

2022 marks Her Majesty The Queen's 70th year on the throne, the first British Monarch to reach this amazing milestone. From Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th June there will be a bonus Bank Holiday and events across the Commonwealth to celebrate. 

As well as picnics and street parties, here's the coverage and special programming we expect to see over the Jubilee weekend:


JUBILEE TELLY:

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration 

ITV and ITV Hub, Sunday 15th May at 8pm  

phillip schofield and Julie Etchingham at Windsor Castle

 

Celebrations kick off on ITV from Sunday 15th May live from the private grounds of Windsor Castle. Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will host with a spectacular range of celebrities, including Dame Helen Mirren, Ant & Dec, Dame Joan Collins, Sir Trevor McDonald, Alan Titchmarsh, Damian Lewis and Tom Cruise, so tune in as famous faces celebrate the Queen’s many achievements in her 70-year reign.  

With 1300 performers (and 500 horses), the show will take us back through history to explore key events in the Queen’s life and rule as well as significant moments in British history. There will also be music from a 75-piece orchestra and military and equestrian displays from nations around the world.  


Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour

BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Thursday 2nd June

trooping the colour raf display

 

Tune in for the Queen's Birthday Parade, aka Trooping the Colour as more than 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses put on the spectacular traditional royal parade from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guard's Parade. Members of the Royal Family will join on horseback and in carriages, with an RAF fly-past to mark the end of the momentous occasion. The Queen and close members of the Royal Family, including Prince Harry and Meghan, will watch from the famous Buckingham Palace balcony. 


Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee

BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Thursday 2nd June

On the Queen's official birthday, more than 1,500 beacons will be lit across the nation and the Commonwealth to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Kirsty Young will present coverage of the traditional and historic ceremony along with many other broadcasters across the country. 


EastEnders: Jubilee Special

BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Thursday 2nd June

Naturally, the residents of Albert Square will be enjoying the Platinum Jubilee celebrations along with the rest of us as they gather at The Queen Vic to raise a glass to Her Majesty.


The Crown Jewels

BBC and BBC iPlayer, Friday 3rd June

Join Clive Myrie as he is given special access to the gamed Crown Jewels to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Take in this priceless treasure up close in this new documentary as Clive travels the country to hear the history and tales of the Crown Jewels right back from the days of William the Conqueror. 


Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts

Watch on Prime Video from Friday 3rd June

 

It's not just the BBC and ITV which are getting in on the celebrations. Prime Video has announced the release of a new documentary exploring the life of The Queen through her many portraits over the years. With special access to the Royal Archives, this fresh new documentary will get to the heart of The Queen's personality and character, to the woman behind the crown. 


Platinum Party At The Palace 

BBC iPlayer and BBC One, Saturday 4th June 

The BBC will be covering the Platinum Party at the Palace, a live concert which will take place in front of Buckingham Palace featuring some of the world’s most respected entertainers who will perform live from Her Majesty The Queen.  


The Queen: 70 Glorious Years

BBC and BBC iPlayer, Saturday 4th June

Some of Britain's most well-known celebs will come together to share memories of their lives and how The Queen has presided over so many momentous historical events in her 70-year reign.


The Platinum Jubilee Pageant

BBC One, Sunday 5th June

To end the celebrations with a bang, The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will see an amazing line-up of stars, including Ed Sheeran, Bill Bailey, Cliff Richard and even Basil Brush... Plus, from live theatre to circus acts, street artists, carnival performers and much more, the pageant promises some truly spectacular entertainment.


A Right Royal Pawn 

BLAZE, Thursday 2nd June – Sunday 5th June from 10:50am – 8pm  

In this royal stunt, Hardcore Pawn and Pawn Stars will get the royal treatment as pawn royalty Les Gold and Rick Harrison continue to take in the weird and wonderful items brought into their famed pawn shop. 


TOP ROYAL FAMILY DOCS:

The Queen Unseen 

Watch on ITV Hub now and BBC iPlayer from Sunday 29th May

young queen elizabeth II with home camera

 

For her reign, the Queen has been both a public figure, her face absolutely everywhere in our day to day lives (on money especially) and also incredibly private. She has both a public and private birthday, and despite the many scandals of the Royal family, she herself has kept schtum. Now, for the first time in 68 years, The Queen Unseen uncovers a glimpse of the real Queen with previously unseen home films, newly digitalised material from 116 countries she’s visited over the years and informal footage. Lift the mask and show the Queen as a mother, wife, farmer, animal-lover and even comedian to get an idea of who she really is. 


Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals 

Watch on ITV Hub 

inside the crown secrets of the royals still

 

A look inside the private and secretive world of the Royals from insiders who can give a unique perspective on many key events throughout the Windsors’ reign, from Royal scandal to Coronavirus.


Prince William: A Planet for Us All 

Watch on ITV Hub 

 

Follow Prince William as he travels across Britain and the globe to meet local heroes and explore how local action can make a real difference to environmental reform and help to preserve our planet for future generations.  


Elizabeth and Margaret: Duty & Devotion 

Available on my5 

the queen and princess margaret

 

Though in many ways they couldn’t be more different, the bond between these two sisters in such a unique position in history was incredibly strong. Despite differences in status, numerous scandals, conflict, love affairs gone wrong and the Crown looming above their relationship, Elizabeth and Margaret remained incredibly close. This documentary explores their fascinating relationship over the years, their love, and of course their loyalty to one another and the crown. Watch Elizabeth and Margaret on My5.  

Plus, every Saturday make sure you tune into Channel 5 at 9pm for new royal family-themed documentaries. 


Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers 

Stream on BBC iPlayer  

prince philip

 

The 10th of June 2021 would’ve been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday before he sadly passed away in April 2021. Created originally to celebrate his birthday, this documentary sees members of the royal family, including the children of the Queen and Prince Philip, remember and pay tribute to Prince Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in history to remember both his contribution to the royal family and his unique personality.  


My Years with the Queen

Available on ITV Hub 

lady pamela hicks

 

In this one-off documentary, Lady Pamela Hicks, the daughter of Lord Mountbatten and great-great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, cousin to Prince Philip and second cousin to the Queen, talks for the very first time about her life growing up within the Royal family and tells her memories of her relationship with the Queen.  


The Fall of Anne Boleyn 

Available on My5

anne boleyn looking out of window

 

This three-episode series is back on 5Select. Through the series, historian Tracy Borman explores Anne Boleyn’s final days, hour by hour, starting on the day of her arrest in episode one. Episode two, Trial, takes a closer look at Anne Boleyn’s trial in the Tower of London. Accused of adultery and treason, Tracy tries to find out if Anne had a fair hearing with help from papers in the National Archive. For the final episode in the series, Tracy looks back at the details of the day of Anne’s execution on Friday 19th May 1536. Discover how Anne hoped the King would save her at the last moment, and fascinating details about the unusual method of execution, as well as an intriguing discovery about the timeline of the day. Watch now on My5.  


The Royal House of Windsor 

Watch on Netflix

For true fans of the royals, you won’t find a more comprehensive documentary than The Royal House of Windsor. This documentary series follows the royal dynasty over the last 100 years, exploring how the royals have adapted and survived to create the image of the royal family we know today. Catch it on Netflix.   

If you just can’t get enough documentaries, take a peek at our list of the top history documentaries on right now. While you're at it, why not sign up for our newsletter and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to be the first to hear about the latest telly scoops, what’s new and what to watch this week on Freesat. 


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