FremantleMedia International have taken The Coronation to 70 territories after completing deals across Europe, Latin America, Canada, the Middle East and Asia.
The hour-long film from Atlantic Productions reveals to new generations the compelling story of the Crown Jewels and the ancient ceremony for which they are used, with a unique contribution from Her Majesty The Queen.
The Coronation has now travelled to 70 territories including sales to CBC and Tele-Quebec (Canada), Prime (New Zealand), NatGeo (Latin America), France Television (France), DR (Denmark), Telefonica (Spain), Sky (Italy), NHK (Japan), BBC Persian (Middle East, Tajikistan & Afghanistan), VRT and RTBF (Belgium), Česká TV (Czech Republic), ERT (Greece), LTV1 (Latvia), Dutch public broadcaster EO (The Netherlands), NRK (Norway), Channel 1 (Russia), RTVS (Slovakia), NTV (Turkey) and TVB (Hong Kong).
The film launched on BBC One (UK), Smithsonian Channel (US) and ABC Television (Australia) this year to excellent critical acclaim, with the New York Times calling the film “the ultimate TV prize.” Further praise came from The Telegraph who described it as “dazzling” and The Times as “remarkable.”
As part of the film, to mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation, for the first time on camera The Queen shares memories of the ceremony, as well as that of her father, King George VI, in 1937. The film uses the latest camera technology to capture the astonishing beauty of the royal regalia including the St. Edward’s Crown, which has only been worn by Her Majesty once at the moment of her coronation. The film also reveals startling secrets of these incredible jewels, including how they were hidden in a biscuit tin under Windsor Castle during World War Two. The Crown Jewels, which form part of the Royal Collection, consist of 140 items and contain 23,000 precious stones. These sacred objects form the most complete collection of royal regalia in the world.
Jens Richter, CEO, FremantleMedia International said: “The Coronation is a truly special film. It is not only a fascinating insight into the history of the Crown Jewels and the Coronation ceremony, it has the ultimate commentary from Her Majesty The Queen who recalls this momentous event firsthand. It is a great privilege to be working with Atlantic Productions to bring The Coronation to a worldwide audience.”
Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions said: “The 1953 Coronation was a defining moment in modern history. To have The Queen tell us, for the first time, her own personal experience of this global event is a piece of television history. We are honoured to have been able to create this lasting historical document and are hugely appreciative of the collaboration with The Royal Household, our broadcast partners and FremantleMedia International.”
Image: (C) The Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II