How the BBC did the near-impossible and persuaded the Queen to do an interview

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The BBC is airing a documentary about the Queen’s coronation 65 years ago.
It features an on-camera, sit-down conversation with the Queen, which has never happened before.
It took the film’s producers 22 years to get her to do it.
They won over palace gatekeepers with a track-record of thorough, well-reported documentaries, they told Business Insider.

This weekend the BBC is broadcasting a journalistic first: a full, sit-down interview with Queen Elizabeth II.

The project, a retrospective on her coronation ceremony in 1953, was 22 years in the making, and a media coup given the Queen’s historic reluctance to engage directly with the press in any way.

Her Majesty has granted behind-the-scenes access to royal life before. She also gives occasional televised speeches. But “The Coronation,” which airs on BBC1 at 8 p.m. on Sunday, will be her first televised exchange with a journalist.

It also shows her interacting with various crowns involved in the ceremony, and giving a vivid description of the experience of being installed as ruler of huge swathes of the world (when she took the throne large parts of Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean were still British colonies).

For decades an interview has been a boundary she and Buckingham Palace officials were unwilling to cross — until they were won over by a respected team of experts commissioned by the BBC.

In an interview with Business Insider, producer Anthony Geffen said securing access to the Queen for himself and presenter Alastair Bruce was a 22-year enterprise.

It eventually came off because they impressed the palace with the impressive track record of Geffen’s company, Atlantic Productions, and the personal expertise of presenter and royal expert Alastair Bruce.

The occasion is the 65th anniversary of her coronation. The discussion sees the Queen’s reflecting on what it was like to wear her coronation crown, which weighs almost …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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