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The Diamond Jubilee HM Queen Elizabeth II - The Official BBC Highlights [DVD]
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Between 2nd - 5th June 2012, the nation came together to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. This commemorative release contains highlights from the remarkable Jubilee Thames Pageant and the Service of Thanksgiving. The Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant: To the delight of the crowds lining the banks of the Thames, decorated craft of all descriptions brought the river to life in a joyous and colourful display accompanied by chiming bells, spectacular fireworks and a naval gun salute. Service of Thanksgiving & Carriage Procession: Including all the highlights of the service at St Paul’s Cathedral as well as the magnificent pomp and pageantry of the royal carriages’ return journey, the appearance of the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony and the RAF flypast.
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The BBC attracted a lot of criticism for their coverage, but sadly other networks havent released their coverage.
This BBC DVD covers the Thames River Pageant for half of the 59 mninutes playing time (though oddly it starts as a documentary feel for 10 minutes with Hugh Edwards interviewing people involved in the Pageant), that part of the DVD is nice and concise.
I did feel really disappointed with the Tuesday coverage of the St Pauls's Cathedral service and Carriage procession on the DVD. It seemed poorly edited, too quick and missed out a lot. In my opinion, the BBC would have been better adding an extra 30 minutes to the DVD. Most of thiose who buy this will have been either there on the day, or want a memento, so they missed an opportunity to show some ama coverage from those Jubilee events more fully.
Still, my own memories will always be with me - Its a nice DVD, but could have done with a little more added to it............
The DVD is 59 minutes long, with no extras. It provides highlights of four events. The Thames Pageant, The St Pauls Thanksgiving Service, the Royal Procession and the balcony gathering with the flypast. In my opinion 59 minutes is not really long enough to do these events justice. At the start of the DVD you get around 15 to 20 minutes of excruciatingly painful explanation regarding the background to putting on the Thames Pageant. This could have been done in one minute. Once we get into the infamous coverage of the Thames Pageant you realise they have kept the woeful original broadcast commentary by the sports commentator Paul Dickenson, it is truly abysmal. Now they have cut out all but two of the cutaway interviews. So we are left with some nice pictures and not much else. The coverage of the St Pauls Thanksgiving Service is reduced to the Queens arrival, David Cameron's reading, one hymn, the National Anthem and the Queens departure. I missed this on the day and was hoping to see much more. There is also no mention whatsoever of why Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh was not present, so when my kids come to watch this 10 years from now they will have know idea the Prince was ill. Next comes the Royal Procession which is ok. The fly past is slightly disappointing too as you really do not get full impression of the amazing size and excitement of the crowds. Then without warning the screen fades to black and then the role of shame ensues. The full list of credits is over in a matter of seconds. None of the presenters are listed, but if you freeze frame you can identify the producers who are responsible for possibly the worst ever coverage of a national event. This DVD does nothing to repair the damage done to the BBC's reputation. On the cover of the DVD the Executive Producers are listed as Clair Popplewell, Katie Shiers and Ben Weston. On the rolling credits the Production Executive is named as Paul Williams and Producers are Clare Megahey, Catherine Stirk and Zoe Timmers. Those producers involved in the production of this DVD and the Thames Pageant need to hang their heads in shame. The only thing you may be good for is producing shows for Tiny Tots TV!!
What the BBC can't takeaway, although they do their best, is the wonderful spectacle of these events and for this I give 3 stars.
Too much of the woeful commentary of the pageant - there was scope to have edited it a bit more tightly. Where was the concert? More distressingly, where was the beautiful, specially commissioned anthem from the service? Instead we got Cwm Rhondda, beautiful hymn certainly, but the descant was so complex it disappeared up its own dome! And then the jump from the west door of St Paul's to the North door of Westminster Hall with no explanation. Also no explanation as to the absence of Prince Philip.
As a historic record 3 out of 5 is probably pushing it.
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