Prince William isn’t yet even the Crown Prince of the British Empire – that title still belongs to his father – but his wedding to Kate Middleton is shaping up to be perhaps as much of an international media event as when his parents married in 1981. In the United States, TLC is going all-out with a full week of programming tied to the April 29th nuptials.
TLC has teamed up with ITV Studios America to produce a special week-long royal lineup, starting Sunday, April 24th and running through the royal wedding on Friday, April 29th. Programming will feature royal editions of some of TLC’s most popular series, including a special that focuses on both British and American hoarders and extreme collectors of royal memorabilia. Also included throughout the week are specials with archived and exclusive footage of the royal family, interviews with members of the royal family as well as those who have been part of notable royal events across the decades, and a special round table discussion with royal experts and a celebrity host, leading into the network’s live early morning coverage of the event Friday, April 29. The weekend will also feature a special shortened version of the wedding and all the memorable moments leading up to it.
“With the success of TLC’s wedding shows, we wanted to get behind this epic event in a big way and provide our viewers with this special lineup to help enhance their overall royal experience leading into the wedding,” says Nancy Daniels, SVP of Programming and Development, TLC. “ITV Studios America are the perfect partners to have on this project due to their expertise on the Royals and their vital relationships in London.”
“This is without question the most widely anticipated wedding in a generation. ITV will leverage its local British expertise to bring American audiences the most intimate access to this landmark event. We couldn’t be happier continuing our relationship with TLC who are already wonderful partners on ‘Four Weddings’,” said ITV Studios America President and CEO Paul Buccieri.