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TLC ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR ROYAL WEDDING WEEK
Contributors Include Royal Bridesmaid India Hicks, Entertainment Correspondent Amanda Byram, and TLC Talent Clinton Kelly, Randy Fenoli and Monte Durham
(New York, NY) – As previously announced, TLC is airing a week-long event of programming starting Sunday, April 24 leading into the highly anticipated nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29. TLC has teamed up with ITV Studios America to produce a special week-long Royal lineup including Royal editions of some of the network’s most popular series, in addition to specials featuring archived and exclusive footage of the Royal family, interviews with members of the Royal family, and those who have been part of notable Royal events across the decades. TLC will also air a special round table discussion with Royal experts, celebrity guests and TLC talent 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.
“Say Yes to the Dress: Princess Brides Special”: Friday, April 22 at 9pm
From the perfect princess fantasy dress, to the royal wedding-themed dress for the bride who wants to be Queen for a Day, the SAY YES TO THE DRESS consultants take viewers through these fantasy princess dress stories and into the perfect princess mood just in time for the big royal wedding event only days away. Viewers will get a taste of what they love about SAY YES TO THE DRESS and the upcoming Royal Wedding: beautiful dresses and the ultimate princess dress fantasies coming true. PRODUCED BY HALFYARD PRODUCTIONS
“Charles and Di: Once Upon a Time”: Sunday, April 24 at 7pm
Relive the most-watched wedding of the 20th century. One billion people, all glued to the television on July 29, 1981, as Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. This two-hour special takes viewers back to that very day, replaying the romantic moments some may remember, as well as fascinating, never-seen-before footage. From the quirky to the queenly, poptoid graphics on screen reveal little-known facts and behind-the-scenes trivia about what made this a fairytale wedding come true. PRODUCED BY ITV STUDIOS AMERICA
“Untold Stories of a Royal Bridesmaid” (WT): Sunday, April 24 at 9pm
Thirty years ago, India Hicks was a royal bridesmaid in the wedding of the century when her cousin and godfather, Prince Charles, married Lady Diana. Now, India is revisiting that day with people who were there and speculating about what the wedding of this century will be like when Prince William marries Kate Middleton. The hour follows India Hicks – fashion model, television host and world renowned designer – as she takes American viewers on an imperial journey recalling her experiences as a royal bridesmaid to Princess Diana. She visits with friends and acquaintances to hear their personal, untold stories from that momentous day in the summer of 1981; each with unique insights and opinions of what it was like when Diana walked down the aisle and became a part of the royal family. Through her unique perspective and privileged experience, India Hicks breaks down the basics of what was it like for Diana and what will be like when Kate Middleton follows in her footsteps, giving the audience an intimate glimpse into a royal wedding.
India and her guests also speculate about what it will be like for Kate Middleton as she marries into the royal family. India’s journey is an exclusive, insider view of the dynamics of a royal wedding. Viewers hear intimate stories and perspectives from those who had close, personal access to the royal family on that historic day in 1981:
DAVID EMANUEL is one half of the team that designed Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress and India hasn’t seen him since Diana’s wedding. The two reunite outside of his old store in Central London, where they all first met thirty years ago, to share impressions and stories from those private fittings with the future Princess.
GAIL MOSLEY was a nanny to India who took care of her on the morning of the wedding. She spent the final moments with Diana before she left for the church and has never talked about that experience with anyone. Gail shares her experience and impressions of Diana, which contradict the “Shy Di” characterization given to her by the press.
CLEMENTINE HAMBRO was a fellow bridesmaid who has barely talked about that day when she was a flower girl for Diana. India visits with her old friend, reliving their experiences behind-the-scenes of a royal wedding. Clementine and India take a stroll outside the gates of Buckingham Palace to revisit the famous balcony where they stood before thousands of well-wishers thirty years earlier.
TIM EWART is a royal correspondent who covered Diana’s wedding and will be covering Prince William’s and Kate’s wedding. He has worked with India before and meets with her at the bottom of St. Paul’s Cathedral to talk about the events that he witnessed on that day and also speaks about measures being taken by the royal family to ensure Kate doesn’t suffer the same fate as Diana.
LADY PAMELA HICKS is a former bridesmaid to the Queen of England back in 1947 who has remained a confidant of the royal family. India visits with her mother to hear what it was like and to compare royal bridesmaid stories and royal bridesmaid dresses. Lady Pamela also speaks about a few of the last minute mishaps that popped up on the day of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding.
DANIELLA ISSA is the designer of the dress that Kate Middleton wore for her engagement announcement. She is also a friend of India’s which is why she agreed to meet to talk about Kate Middleton. The two discuss that dress, the engagement experience and how Kate will influence fashion, just as Diana did when she became a Princess.
CAROLINA HERERRA is the fashion icon who spent the night before Diana’s wedding at Kensington Palace. India was there the same night and has never spoken to Carolina about it, despite having known her for years. India and Carolina discuss their experiences and also speculate about the influence Kate Middleton will have on the fashion world when she becomes a Princess. PRODUCED BY MAGILLA ENTERTAINMENT
“Royally Astounding: 30 Defining Days of the Monarchy” (WT): Sunday, April 24 at 10pm
Events force change. This compelling documentary holds up a magnifying glass to 30 days in the life of the royal family over the last 30 years. How did the British Monarchy learn from the mistakes made back in 1981 to ensure the mismatch of Charles and Diana would not be repeated in 2011 with William and Kate? We count the 30 key dates, good and bad, that ensured a many-centuries-old institution can “Keep Calm And Carry On”. PRODUCED BY ITV STUDIOS AMERICA
“Wild About Prince Harry”: Monday, April 25 at 10pm
With his brother William about to tie the knot, Prince Harry, at 26, takes over the top spot on the list of the world’s most eligible bachelors. “Wild About Prince Harry” asks this question: just how did a teen, so troubled after his mother’s death, manage to transform himself into a war hero, a charity campaigner, and a royal pin-up worthy of best man status? PRODUCED BY ITV STUDIOS AMERICA
“What the Sell?! Royal Episodes”: Tuesday, April 26 at 10pm
The ladies of WHAT THE SELL?! have a jolly ole time in two episodes featuring items of from the United Kingdom, including Princess Diana memorabilia and an unexpected bit of royal lingerie dating back to Queen Victoria. PRODUCED BY LEFTFIELD PRODUCTIONS
“Extreme Royal Collections”: Wednesday, April 27 at 10pm
Meet the most avid royal collectors in the world! In the UK, squeeze into Margaret’s home where, after 30 years of non-stop collecting, she lives proudly surrounded by 10,000 plates, cups, spoons, and figurines in an amazing world of regal clutter. In Australia, rub shoulders with rival collectors Janet and Philip, whose house is just as jam-packed. They regularly throw open their doors to tour bus parties for tea and a tour of their royal bounty. And in the US, get a glimpse of the glamorous world of Pat, a high-end collector whose haul of royal collectables includes some of Princess Diana’s dazzling gowns. PRODUCED BY ITV STUDIOS AMERICA
“The Making of a Royal Wedding”: Thursday, April 28 at 8pm
What does it take to pull off a once in a lifetime event? Join TLC as we see some of the amazing choreography of logistics and details that go into preparing for the wedding of the century. From security to dresses, from maintenance to meals, we’ll catch up with the tailors, butlers, chefs, artisans, vendors and even wedding guests as they all get ready for the Big Day. PRODUCED BY ITV STUDIOS AMERICA
“Countdown to the Royal Wedding”: Thursday, April 28 at 9pm
Royal experts and TLC talent including Clinton Kelly and Randy Fenoli host a round table from NY, the UK and beyond bringing viewers up to speed on everything they need to know for the big day. PRODUCED BY ITV STUDIOS AMERICA
TLC’s Royal Wedding Coverage: Friday, April 29
Live coverage of the wedding begins at 5am The rebroadcast of the wedding will air 9am-1pm (Live wedding coverage and immediate rebroadcast will air live across the country)
**An encore of the wedding will air from 8-10pm on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Saturday’s encore will feature bonus content including reactions from wedding guests PRODUCED BY ITV STUDIOS AMERICA
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ITV STUDIOS, America Inc., the U.S. based production entity of ITV STUDIOS in the U.K. is one of the largest international producers for the U.S. market and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing reality and scripted programming for US networks. ITV STUDIOS is a world leader in television production and distribution, with international production centers in the UK, Germany and Australia as well as America and programs distributed to over 155 territories worldwide. ITV STUDIOS AMERICA has a slate of formats in production with major networks and syndicators, including Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, First 48, Steven Seagal -Lawman, Four Weddings, Ugly Best Friend, America Now and The Jeremy Kyle Show.