Media release: STV Productions secures commission for series on the Royal Family and the press


STV Productions has been commissioned to produce a factual documentary series for Channel 5 offering a fresh exploration of the Royal Family, told through their relationship with the British press.

Each of the 4 x 60″ episodes provides a new take on the biggest Royal stories of the last 60 years, told through their sensational royal scoops, iconic pictures and most memorable front pages. Reflecting the social history of the time, it includes one episode exploring the late Princess Diana’s relationship with the press, ‘Diana versus the tabloids’.

The House of Windsor might consider the tabloids to be a nuisance but there’s no denying the role of the popular press when it comes to holding the Royal Family to account. But is this intrusion into their personal lives justified? This new series questions both sides of the debate, the difference between what is public interest and what’s interesting to the public.

STV Productions adopts innovative and stylistic ways of bringing both iconic and lesser-known archive to life, combined with revelatory interviews from journalists of the time. Narrated by actor, Rupert Penry Jones (Spooks, Silk, Whitechapel), the series tells the story for a new generation with a fresh perspective.

The commissioning editor for Channel 5 is Lucy Willis. The executive producer for STV Productions is John Redshaw. The series will be delivered this month.

Craig Hunter, creative director, Factual, for STV Productions, said: “Revisiting the stories that made the news while hearing from the journalists who wrote the headlines, gives a whole new perspective.”

The series will be distributed internationally by DCD Rights, who have already secured a pre-sale to SBS Australia for broadcast following its UK premiere.

The commission was produced during lockdown, in accordance with government safety guidelines.

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