To say that Lifetime Television is going all out for the British royal wedding is an understatement. The network is premiering its original movie “William & Kate” on April 18th – but that’s just the beginning.
The movie is based on the romance between Prince William, second in line to the British throne, played by Nico Evers-Swindell, and Kate Middleton, played by Camilla Luddington. It will make its world premiere on Monday, April 18, at 9:00 pm ET/PT. (The real couple is pictured.)
Immediately following William & Kate at 11:00 pm ET/PT, Lifetime will debut the first of six one-hour episodes of the documentary series “Royal Wedding of a Lifetime.” The program will examine the history of William and Kate’s romance and run-up to their wedding, comparisons of Kate to Princess Diana (William’s late mother), the wedding gown and fashion surrounding the nuptials, cuisine for the high-profile event, a preview of the wedding day and a glimpse into their future together. After launch, Royal Wedding of a Lifetime will air from 8:00 to 11:00 PM ET/PT on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22.
William & Kate tells the story of how the friendship between Prince William, second in line to the throne of the British monarchy, and future princess Kate Middleton, the stunning daughter of upper middle-class commoners, blossomed into a romantic love affair, charming the world with their recent engagement and eagerly awaited royal wedding. The film chronicles the history of William and Kate – from the moment they met at Scotland’s prestigious University of St. Andrews, through the ups and downs of their nine-year courtship complicated by social and Royal Family pressures, and intense global media attention surrounding their storybook nuptials. The made for TV movie also stars Ben Cross as Prince Charles, Serena Scott-Thomas as Carole Middleton, Richard Reid as Ian and Victoria Tennant as Celia.
William & Kate will be produced by The Konigsberg Company, with Frank Konigsberg serving as executive producer. Mark Rosman will direct the screenplay by Nancey Silvers.
Royal Wedding of a Lifetime is being produced by Renegade Pictures (UK) LTD and executive produced by Alan Hayling, Jon Rowlands and Sue Davidson, and JoAnn Alfano, Gena McCarthy and Jim Rapsas of Lifetime Television.