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As all eyes turn to London this summer, BBC America celebrates with a season of brilliantly British and exceptionally English programming. From The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June through the London Olympics in August, BBC America offers viewers a wide slate of live event coverage, comedies, documentaries, dramas and special features across all of BBC America’s branded platforms under the umbrella: BBC America’s Summer of London.
The Summer of London programming will include live coverage of both the “Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant” for Her Majesty The Queen and Jubilee Day, including Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, as well as the U.S. premiere of the landmark documentary, “The Diamond Queen.”
On Sunday, June 3, in recognition of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign on the throne, BBC America will present an entire day of specials and documentaries including the “Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant” airing live at 8:30am/7:30c. Over one thousand boats of all shapes and sizes will assemble, beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Jacks, for a formal procession down the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen.
The commemorative marathon leads up to the U.S. premiere at 8pm/7c of “The Diamond Queen,” written and presented by Andrew Marr (“History of Modern Britain”) and executive produced by Nick Vaughn-Barratt. Marr presents a definitive analysis of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign with exclusive interviews with members of the Royal family including Princes William and Harry, The Duke of York and the Princess Royal.
On Tuesday, June 5, the celebration carries on with LIVE Jubilee Day coverage, starting with the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral beginning at 4:15am/3:15c. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, together with other members of the Royal family, will attend a service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which will be followed by a formal carriage procession.
For more on The Queen and the Royal Family, check out BBC America’s Royal Insider blog.