July 13

Charles at 60: The Passionate Prince

This is a documentary by the BBC which “shows a side to the future monarch rarely seen in public…” The Foxtel programme guide  says “this is an illuminating documentary that commemorates the Prince of Wales’ 60th birthday in November 2008.

Showing a side rarely seen in public of one of the most influential men in Britain, the filmmakers were given unprecedented access to observe the Prince at work and on duty in the UK and abroad. Whether it is at his home in Clarence House in London, Highgrove in Gloucestershire or Birkhall in Aberdeenshire. 

“The result is Charles At 60: The Passionate Prince, a fascinating and unique look at the work of the Prince through the causes closest to his heart, his many charities and the ever increasing demands made on him as heir to the throne. 

“The film behind the headlines of the tabloid newspapers to uncover the depths of the man himself. Narrated by writer Robert Hardman, it is a unique and insightful look at the future monarch.”

Melinda Houston writing in The Guide 13-19 July 2009 in The Sydney Morning Herald and perhaps The Age gives a favourable review, unusual in the Fairfax newspapers for anything to do with the Royal Family. Her conclusion is “ Really interesting stuff and not just for Royal watchers.”  

This will be broadcast on Wednesday 7.30pm, 15 July on BBC HD, available through Foxtel. It was first broadcast in Australia in February by the ABC.


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