BBC plans to go-ahead with controversial Royals show

November 6, 2007 by  
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The series which led to the resignation of two senior members of the BBC is to be screened before Christmas, it has been revealed.

BBC1 controller Peter Fincham and head of publicity Jane Fletcher stepped down after it emerged that a trailer to promote the five-part documentary Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work was doctored.

The public had been led to believe that the Queen had stormed out of a photography session with leading photographer Annie Leibovitz when she was in fact walking into the shoot.

A subsequent independent inquiry led by Will Wyatt, a former BBC executive, was critical of both the BBC for allowing the edit to be broadcast and of the role played by Stephen Lambert, the CEO of the production company responsible for the programme.

However, Jana Bennett, director of BBC Vision, has subsequently confirmed that despite the controversy the documentary will now be broadcast.

 “I am delighted that we are going ahead with this series and bringing it to BBC1 this year,” she said.

“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. With exceptional access, viewers will get a remarkable picture of the work of the royal family over the course of a year.”

Profits from the programme are to go to a number of charities nominated by the royal household. 

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