BBC’s Queen documentary to air

Project to make TV debut before Christmas

The BBC’s Queen Elizabeth II docu, promos for which contained faked footage that appeared to show the British monarch walking out of a photo shoot in a huff, will air in the U.K. before Christmas.

But an inhouse production team will oversee completion of the project.

Brouhaha over the faked footage led to the resignation of BBC1 controller Peter Fincham and Stephen Lambert, creative topper of RDF Media, which made the documentary.

In an apparent snub of RDF, which admitted last week that the fallout from the controversy was affecting its revenues, veteran British documaker Denys Blakeway will take charge of the docu skein, retitled “Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work.”

Jana Bennett, director of BBC Vision, said: “I am delighted that we are going ahead with this series and bringing it to BBC1 this year. There has never been any doubt about the integrity of the films themselves: They are a serious and important look at the way the monarchy works.”

The pubcaster said the series will be completed by a new project team, set up and supervised by the BBC and consisting of staff from the pubcaster, RDF Television and “the television production freelance community.”

All profits from overseas sales will be given to charities nominated by the royal household and agreed to by all parties.

RDF had edited a promo of the doc out of sequence to make it look as if the queen had angrily walked out of a photo session in order to drum up interest from potential buyers and co-producers at the Mip TV mart in Cannes in April.

Since the spat over the docu in July, the BBC has stopped commissioning shows from RDF, best known for “Wife Swap.”

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