‘The Story of The Royals,’ A Four-Hour Primetime Documentary Event by ABC and People, to Premiere August 2018
Following the critical and ratings success of last year’s “The Story of Diana,” ABC, People, and Time Inc Productions revealed “The Story of The Royals,” a four-hour primetime television event featuring the captivating lives of the British royal family.
The event, which will air on ABC over two nights in August 2018, will showcase the key figures who represent four generations of the crown: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.
“The Story of The Royals” will capture the most current and comprehensive interviews with palace insiders, as well as royal experts and longtime People contributors.
The multipart series captures the mystique and history of the monarchy as it hits dizzying heights this spring with a new royal baby and the introduction of Meghan Markle, the first American to marry into the British royal family since Wallis Simpson in 1937.
Through its many loves, losses, extravagances, challenges and charms, the British royal family has grown into a 21st-century monarchy, and “The Story of The Royals” will illustrate that evolution as well as examine the American obsession behind all things royal.
“People is known for its extensive coverage of the royal family by reporters who are experts in the subject matter. Our audience cannot get enough of the royals; they continue to attract interest with each new generation,” said Jess Cagle, People‘s Editor in Chief and Editorial Director, Entertainment and Style Group.
“We are pleased to be partnering again with ABC after last year’s success, ‘The Story of Diana.‘ The Royals television event complements the incredible franchise People has created across every platform,” said Bruce Gersh, EVP/President of People, Entertainment Weekly and People En Espanol.
“Last year we had the honour of working with People and Time Inc Productions to share an insider’s look at the compelling life of Princess Diana. With the world’s overwhelming interest in the royal family, both past and present, we are excited to bring viewers this next chapter,” said Robert Mills, Senior Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night for ABC.
This marks the second time that ABC, People and Time Inc Productions will partner on a documentary event about the royal family. In August 2017, they teamed up for “The Story of Diana,” a two-night documentary event marking the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic passing at 36 years old. “The Story of Diana” Part One and Two debuted to impressive ratings, winning the two-hour timeslot over two consecutive nights.
“The Story of The Royals” reunites the same team that produced “The Story of Diana.” Executive producer Ian Orefice of Emmy Award-winning Time Inc Productions has once again tapped Maura Mandt, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director, as Executive Producer, along with director Rebecca Gitlitz. Time Inc Productions will distribute the documentary in international territories.