This is ACM's guide to television viewing – and radio listening -to the great events of the once-in-a-lifetime Diamond Jubilee. Scenes from these events will be a common feature in all the retrospectives of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. You can see them live.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for over more than half the life of this nation. Her service to the nation and the Commonwealth has been impeccable.It is appropriate that this year, the 60th year of Her Majesty's reign, we celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, a rare and special occasion in the life of the nation and the Commonwealth.
The celebration centres in the series of great events over the Diamond Jubilee weekend from Saturday, 2 June to Tuesday, 5 June 2012.
It is commendable that the national news channel Sky Television is to broadcasting most of the events over the Australian public affairs channel, A-PAC which is available through Foxtel, Austar and the internet.
We also delighted to see that Channel 9 will be broadcasting the Diamond Jubilee concert from Buckingham Palace. In addition its breakfast programme will be broadcast from London.
Channel 7 will be broadcasting its breakfast programme also from London.
We are especially delighted that in response to our petition, the national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, has now agreed to broadcast most of the events over the generally accessible channel, ABC 1.
The great events over the Diamond Jubilee weekend from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June, 2012 are:
• the Epsom Derby,
• the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant,
• the BBC concert at Buckingham Palace,
• the lighting by the Queen of the Diamond Jubilee National Beacon
• the Service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral,
• the Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace, and,
• Her Majesty’s balcony appearance and the Flypast.
Sky – A-PAC
All events will be broadcast on Foxtel and Austar channel 648, which is available on the internet and of course television sets which can receive internet stations at www.a-pac.tv
Tuesday June 5 at 20.00. Diamond Jubilee Concert from Buckingham Palace celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee which marks 60 years of the Queen's reign. Acts include Kylie Minogue, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, JL, Stevie Wonder, Madness, Elton John and Paul McCartney and Annie Lennox.
ABC1 ( Channel 2)
Sunday June 3 The River Pageant screens on ABC1 from 22.30 to 03.00 – live coverage in the eastern states – delayed in other states.
Monday June 4 Highlights package from 18.00 – 19.00. Presented by ABC TV’s Stephanie Brantz. The Pageant will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the River Thames, and will include rowed boats, working boats, the armed forces and other services as well as pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes.
Tuesday June 5 Coverage of arrivals at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Thanksgiving Service on from 18.00 -19.00 – live in eastern states, delayed in other states. From 22.30 – 00.45 coverage will include the carriage procession, gun salute and the palace balcony appearance – live in eastern states, delayed in other states.
Wednesday June 6 Highlights package from 18.00 – 19.00. Presented by ABC TV’s Stephanie Brantz, it will show the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, together with other members of the Royal Family, attending a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a formal carriage procession.
Thursday June 7 Repeat of The Diamond Queen Ep 1 at 18.00
Friday June 8 Repeat of The Diamond Queen Ep 2 at 18.00
Saturday June 9 Repeat of The Diamond Queen Ep 3 at 17.30
ABC News 24
Sunday June 3 The River Pageant will run live from 22.30 to 03.00.
Tuesday June 5 Live coverage will run from 18.00 including the Thanksgiving Service, through to 00.45 with a break at 21.00 (for the Jubilee lunch – no footage available), returning between 22.30 and 23.00.
ABC iview and radio follow:
Viewers can currently catch up on the 3-part series The Diamond Queen (just aired on ABC1) Friday June 1 iview-only ‘exclusive’: A Queen is Crowned – colour film of the coronation, narrated by Laurence OlivierViewers can currently catch up on the 3-part series The Diamond Queen (just Behind the Mask: The Queen – a portrait of the Queen, by Andrew Morton. Tuesday 12 June Arrivals at St Pauls for the Thanksgiving Service will be available. *(ABC iview offers all the ABC1 coverage plus ABC News 24’s coverage of the Service of Thanksgiving.)
Tuesday May 29 Night Live with Phillip Adams – The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Author Robert Lacey looks at how the Queen has managed to remain an enigma, despite being the most recognised woman in the world. Thomas Kielinger looks at the monarch as “a tonic and entertainment, which we could not do without”. (Late Night Live is broadcast Monday to Thursday, 10.05 -11.00 repeated Tuesday to Friday afternoons, 16.05 -17.00 (18.05 -19.00 in WA, 15.05 -16.00 in Qld and the NT).The program podcast is available at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive)
Sunday June 3 Rear Vision at 12:30.The British Empire and what became of it – As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, Rear Vision explores the story of its rise and fall and the creation of the Commonwealth of Nations. Podcast available at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision
ABC Local Radio
Wednesday May 30 Nightlife with Tony Delroy – A special Nightlife marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Listen live on your ABC Local station from 10.00 – 02.00
ABC News and Current Affairs
(Across online, radio and television)
Saturday 2 June – Tuesday 5 June News Coverage out of London as a rolling news feature over the 4 day Jubilee weekend.