BBC Studios has landed its first order for PBS with Royal Wedding Watch (5 x 60’), a five-part nightly special leading up to the live broadcast of the royal wedding on Saturday 19th May.

Produced by BBC Studios’ Topical and Live Unit and coming nightly from London, Royal Wedding Watch will be hosted by American news anchor Meredith Vieira and Countryfile and The One Show  presenter Matt Baker, who will update viewers on the preparations for the wedding.

During the week prior to the ceremony, the hosts will be joined in-studio by experts, commentators and special guests. BBC presenter and host Anita Rani will report live from  Windsor each night, and English historian Lucy Worsley will delve into the pageantry and protocol surrounding the event.

“Americans find the British royals incredibly fascinating, and Royal Wedding Watch is the ultimate backgrounder leading up to this historic moment when our American beauty marries her prince,” Meredith Vieira said.

Lisa Ausden, Creative Director, BBC Studios’ Topical and Live Unit, added: “BBC Studios is thrilled to be working with PBS in this unique collaboration, giving U.S. viewers a front row seat in the build-up to the big day. We’ll capture all the excitement as Windsor becomes the focus of the world, and we’ll have unrivaled expertise in our central London studio to discuss the history and tradition of royal weddings, plus, of course, the romance which brought the Prince and his American bride together.”

Shawn Halford, PBS’ Senior Director, Programming added: “From cakes to choristers, banquets to bouquets, gowns to crowns, viewers will get a fun and informative insider’s briefing on royal etiquette, an unprecedented look at the elaborate planning, secrecy and care that goes into this royal wedding that has captured the imagination of people around the world.”

Royal Wedding Watch (5 x 60’) is a BBC Studios’ Topical and Live production for PBS.  Series producer is Sarah Gibbs.

Staff Reporter

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