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The Diamond Queen 

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A landmark documentary series to mark the 60th year of HM Queen Elizabeth II's reign, filmed over a year and a half.
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Andrew Marr ...  Himself - Presenter 3 episodes, 2012
Princess Eugenie ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2012
...  Herself 3 episodes, 2012
...  Himself 3 episodes, 2012
...  Himself 3 episodes, 2012
Edward Wessex ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2012
Princess Beatrice ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2012
John Major ...  Himself - Prime Minister 1990-1997 3 episodes, 2012
Prince Andrew ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2012
Peter Hennessy ...  Himself - Historian 3 episodes, 2012
...  Himself - Prime Minister 1997-2007 3 episodes, 2012
David Cameron ...  Himself - Prime Minister 3 episodes, 2012
Gus O'Donnell ...  Himself - Cabinet Secretary 2005-2011 3 episodes, 2012
Mary Francis ...  Herself - Deputy Private Secretary to The Queen 1996-1999 3 episodes, 2012
Arthur Edwards ...  Himself - The Sun, Royal Photographer 2 episodes, 2012
Robert Lacey ...  Himself - Author and Historian 2 episodes, 2012
Rowan Williams ...  Himself - Archbishop of Canterbury 2 episodes, 2012
William Hague ...  Himself - Foreign Secretary 2 episodes, 2012
David Cannadine ...  Himself - Historian 2 episodes, 2012
Douglas Hurd ...  Himself - Foreign Secretary 1989-1995 2 episodes, 2012
...  Herself 2 episodes, 2012
Peter Phillips ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2012
...  Herself - Singer 1 episode, 2012
...  Himself - Comedian 1 episode, 2012
...  Herself - Actor 1 episode, 2012
David Walker ...  Himself - Master of the Household 1 episode, 2012
Goldie ...  Himself - Musician 1 episode, 2012
...  Himself - Musician 1 episode, 2012
...  Himself - Actor 1 episode, 2012
David Conner ...  Himself - Dean of Windsor 1 episode, 2012
...  Himself - Scriptwriter, 'Royal Family' 1 episode, 2012
Harry Arnold ...  Himself - The Sun, Royal Correspondent 1973-1990 1 episode, 2012
...  Himself - Mayor of London 1 episode, 2012
Ann Leslie ...  Herself - Journalist 1 episode, 2012
Edward Mirzoeff ...  Himself - Producer and Director, 'Elizabeth R' 1 episode, 2012
Robin Butler ...  Himself - Private Secretary to Prime Ministers: 1961-1998 1 episode, 2012
...  Himself - First Minister of Scotland 1 episode, 2012
John Warhurst ...  Himself - Australian Republican Movement 1 episode, 2012
Julia Gillard ...  Herself - Prime Minister of Australia 1 episode, 2012
Dominic Jermey ...  Himself - British Ambassador to the UAE 1 episode, 2012
Neil MacGregor ...  Himself - Director, British Museum 1 episode, 2012
Kamla Persad-Bissessar ...  Herself - Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago 1 episode, 2012
Norman Foster ...  Himself - Architect 1 episode, 2012
Enda Kenny ...  Himself - Prime Minister of Ireland 1 episode, 2012
Kwame Kwei-Armah ...  Himself - Actor and Writer 1 episode, 2012
...  Herself 3 episodes, 2012
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BBC political and royal events commentator 'Andrew Marr' examines the life and role of the present British monarch at the occasion of the diamond jubilee, 60 years after her father's death put her on the throne of most Commonwealth nations. He examines how monarchy is a matter of (at least apparent) tradition and (preferably smooth, often unnoticed) change, to balance a heritage since the feudal age and the demands of the modern media age. Written by KGF Vissers

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6 February 2012 (UK)  »

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£750,000 (estimated)
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A Peak and a Praise
10 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Andrew Marr's 'The Diamond Queen' is entertaining, but its hardly a documentary, and even less an examination like he claims. I'm a Finn, and for someone with no emotional or personal investment in the Queen what so ever, I found this series reeking like a prolonged promotional video for the British monarchy. I think there's nothing wrong with that, as long as people understand it and can then choose whether to watch it or not.

Like presented in the plot summary above, Marr tailed the Queen for little over a year around the world. He had virtually unlimited access to the royalty, politicians and other insiders. The series features multiple interviews with different protagonists around the Queen. Everybody praises her without exception. All criticism and objective studying of the monarchs and their actions throughout history are absent.

I liked the show because it gave a peak to the public day to day life of the Queen. On the other hand I was disappointed for the absence of questions and objective criticism from Brits who oppose the monarchy. I recommend the show to those who either like her or have at least neutral views on the matter.


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