ITV has commissioned Inside The Duchy (working title) from BBC Studios, a new landmark series including exclusive interviews with The Prince of Wales, to mark his 50th working year as The Duke of Cornwall. The series is BBC Studios’ first commission for ITV.
Across 2×60 episodes, the series will offer an insight into The Duchy of Cornwall, which covers more than 130,000 acres across 23 counties. The 700 year old institution is has provided the personal income for every Duke of Cornwall since 1337 and generates an income of over £20 million per year.
The film crew were embedded with the Duchy of Cornwall for a year, filming with the staff and tenants to capture every aspect of the day-to-day running of an Estate whose properties include farms, housing estates, industrial estates and even Dartmoor prison and spans territory from the London borough of Kennington to the Isles of Scilly.
Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV Controller of Factual, said: “We’re excited to have a landmark documentary offering viewers a unique, close quarters and intimate view of the Duchy and His Royal Highness’s role and working life within it.”
Jon Swain, Head of BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions, said: “We’re delighted to be working with ITV and opening a window onto one of the world’s most extraordinary family businesses. We’re very proud that BBC Studios’ first commission for ITV will be coming out of our Bristol production hub.”
Bill Lyons, Executive Producer, said: “It’s rare to have access to an untold story but that’s exactly what we discovered in the Duchy of Cornwall. These films will reveal just how much HRH The Prince of Wales has invested – personally and emotionally – into what has been his lifetime’s endeavour.”
Inside The Duchy (w/t) (2 x 60’) is produced by BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions and commissioned by ITV Controller of Factual Jo Clinton-Davis and Sue Murphy, ITV Head of Factual Entertainment. Bill Lyons is the Executive Producer and Charlie Clay is the Series Producer and Director. The series is being distributed by Fremantle.
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