BBC documentary follows Charles III’s first year as King

A new feature-length documentary about King Charles III will premiere this Christmas!

Offering a unique insight into the King’s life, Charles III: The Coronation Year will take viewers behind the scenes of the first year of his reign.

The 90-minute documentary film will be narrated by The Crown star Helena Bonham Carter.

“After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, The King had to lead his family and the country in mourning,” the official synopsis reads. “At the same time, he had to embrace his destiny on the most famous throne in the world.”

It continues: “With exclusive access, the cameras follow King Charles III and Queen Camilla through landmark moments of the first year of their reign, as they embrace their new roles and carry out their work and duties.

“Filmed as Buckingham Palace prepares for, delivers, and celebrates the first Coronation in 70 years, and in the months that followed, this historic documentary features contributions from members of the Royal Family and key players in The King and Queen’s Household.”

We’re promised “unrivalled insights from many of those involved, as well as moments of great poignancy and humour,” with the film providing viewers with “unique perspective on the inner workings behind a defining moment which marks a new era in the history of the monarchy.”

Charles III: The Coronation Year will premiere on BBC One and streaming on BBC iPlayer in December.

“At the heart of this story is a man who is taking on the job that has always awaited him,” commented Simon Young, BBC Head of History, Factual Commissioning.

“Everyone wants to know how he takes on that challenge,” he added. “This film captures a behind the scenes view of the King and his coronation the like of which has never been seen before.”

Executive producer Nicolas Kent says the documentary will explore King Charles II’s historic first year “from the inside looking out, rather than from the outside looking in.”

This sounds like it could be a lovely festive treat for fans of the Royal family ahead of Charles’ second Christmas Day speech next month.