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Monarchy : The Royal Family at Work - Complete BBC Series [DVD]


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  • Actors: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VUU4E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For the first time in history, The Queen and her family have opened their doors to the world in this landmark BBC series. This DVD features all 5 episodes plus 30 mins of additional unbroadcast footage of The Queen and her family.

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Get past the controversy that preceded the BBC’s broadcasting of this fascinating series, and Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work proves to be an exemplary documentary series, offering a real and fascinating insight into the work of The Queen and her family.

Running in full to over five hours long, the individual episodes in Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work follow a year in the life of the Queen, offered the kind of behind the scenes insights we’re simply not used to seeing. And while there are still clearly limits as to how much we’re allowed to explore, there’s nonetheless a lot to absorb.

Among the many areas covered in the programme are overseas visits, banquets, parties, and the assorted duties of the Queen. But also, Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work takes us behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace, and interestingly spends some times with the younger members of the Royal Family as well. Some of the visitors and other high profile figures who crop up are also of curiosity.

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work is a terrific and insightful piece of television, and one that’s very worthy of your time. It may not change how you feel about the Royal Family in Britain, but it’s certainly going to challenge some of your perceptions. --Jon Foster

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
If you want to take a fascinating look behind the scenes of the British Royal family, then this is a must-see DVD set. This is the BBC series which caused all the controversy in 2007 when a trailer was misleadingly edited to show the Queen in a huff. The series itself is nothing like that clip; it is respectful (but not fawning) and keeps a reasonable distance from our monarch. Nor does it focus on the Queen alone -- the title is actually correct in that the series shows what the British Royal family does as a whole, and the huge infrastructure which works behind the scenes to keep a massive enterprise running like clockwork.

The programmes follow key activities of the Royal family throughout one year. They are very cleverly filmed; you get to see a behind-the-scenes view of Buckingham Palace, of a state visit to America, an enormous state banquet, the typical garden party, a day in the life of the Prince of Wales as he visits organic farmers and so on, yet the story of each segment and the action focuses on the support staff, the people who make it all happen. The Queen and the Royal Family drift in and out of shot -- they are always the centre of the event, yet each programme is really about the the Windsors plc, not the Windsor personalities.

In fact you get to see far more of the bit players than the Royals, and some of these mini-interviews are the most fascinating. It turns out that George W Bush is charming and witty when he's just chatting to a camera; he only falls over his tongue during formal speeches. Tony Blair, in one of his last weekly visits to Buck Pal, is noticably ill at ease and nervous (was it just the cameras, or was he always like that when having his audience with the Queen?).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Feb 2010
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`Monarchy' is an outstanding 5 part BBC series that gives us an inside view of the royal life. This looks at many aspects of royal life and follows the Queen as she travels to America to meet the President (George Bush at the time), hosts various teas, lunches, banquets and balls in the UK (and shows the meticulous detail that goes into the preparation), the various investitures she presides over, her state opening of parliament, her visits to charities, the opening of various buildings and sites and her assorted other duties. This also looks at the other key members of the royal family and what they get up to as well. It is fascinating to see how they live and work and you will be touched at numerous times at how down to earth they are and adept at their various roles. You will also be left gob smacked at the pomp and ceremony of various events and will appreciate the heritage and meaning behind many state events. This gave me an insight into royal life that has previously been unavailable and if the Queen wanted to open her self up to her subjects then this achieved that goal superbly. The palaces and stately homes are stunning, the costumes are impressive and you can't help but feel a swell of patriotism in your chest when you see how reverred and respected the Queen is abroad. There is also an additional bonus footage section that shows some elements that were cut from the original broadcast. All in all this is a fascinating look at the royal family and shows what they do for the country. It also shows how impressively and grandly the other half live!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Honest on 14 July 2009
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I am very pleased with purchasing the product, the delivery comes quickly and the product quality is very good. It's excellent value for money. It shows the glamorous and insight of the royal palace, improve my knowledge about the royal family and its working. It's a very good production.
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This is a very easy to watch documentary, very well crafted and with unrivalled access to both the public face of the Royal Family and to how Buckingham Palace is organised behind the scenes as well as front of house in order to carry out its duties. It's also an interesting look at some of the personalities behind the Queen's staff both above and below stairs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sandy on 27 Feb 2009
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there are lots of dvds out there re royal family, this is a must!!! loved every second of it
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And this DVD showcased exactly what they do. Good buy. Good detail. Not to expensive. Nice little documentary. It covers quite a lot too.
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Bought this for my mother, who is a royalist through and through...she loved it and so did I! Fascinating insight into the 'family business'.
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By andyg on 28 Mar 2012
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This DVD shows the work of the Royal Family in modern times.

Well put together and leaves the viewer wanting more and more...
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