TLC Plans Week of Royal Wedding Specials, Coverage


LOS ANGELES – The TLC channel is giving the wedding of Britain’s Prince William the royal treatment.

In the five days leading up to the April 29 nuptials of William and Kate Middleton, the channel will air specials featuring archived and other footage, interviews and a round-table discussion with experts on royalty, TLC said Wednesday.

The U.K.-themed week, in partnership with ITV Studios, also will include a show focusing on British and U.S. hoarders and “extreme” collectors of royal memorabilia.

The channel plans live coverage of the wedding, with a condensed version of the event set to air April 30-May 1.

Next month, TLC will show “The Queen,” a new two-hour special that explores romance, weddings and divorce among members of Queen Elizabeth II’s family.

The special will air Feb. 13 (9 p.m. EST). The program will be preceded by repeats of two specials about William and his fiancee: “William & Kate: A Royal Love Story” (7 p.m. EST) and “William, Kate & 8 Royal Weddings” (8 p.m. EST).

For TLC, home of “Four Weddings, “Say Yes to the Dress” and other wedding-themed shows, the weeklong coverage is intended to enhance viewers’ “overall royal experience” of the Westminster Abbey ceremony, said programming executive Nancy Daniels.

“This is without question the most widely anticipated wedding in a generation,” Paul Buccieri, ITV Studios America president and CEO, said in a statement, promising American viewers “intimate access to this landmark event.”

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