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EastEnders confirms special episode for King Charles' coronation
It’s been confirmed that EastEnders will air a special episode of the BBC One soap for King Charles’ coronation.
The coronation of King Charles III will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
The King acceded the throne on September 8, 2022, upon the death of his mother – but it is traditional for a full ceremony to be held a significant time later as a mark of respect to the late monarch.
In addition to the day of the coronation, Buckingham Palace has announced a special Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle, which will air on the BBC on Sunday, May 7.
The broadcasting cooperation has now revealed further coverage and programming to celebrate the coronation across television, radio, BBC News, iPlayer, sounds and online – which includes a themed episode of EastEnders.
On May 1, EastEnders will mark the historical occasion with a Coronation themed street party in Albert Square.
It’ll be hosted by the residents of Walford who will come together to celebrate the festivities of the day.
Viewers will see the community spirit at an all-time high as the residents attempt to leave drama at the door…but will the day go ahead without a hitch?
This isn’t the first time EastEnders has focused on the Royals as last year, Charles and Camilla paid a visit to Albert Square as part of the late Queen’s Jubilee.
As well as EastEnders, BBC shows including Countryfile, Antiques Roadshow and Bargain Hunt will all air Royal-based themed episodes.
Special programming will also see the Coronation Concert air on our screens, which will take place at Windsor Castle.
Produced, staged and broadcast live by the BBC and BBC Studios, the Coronation Concert will bring music icons and contemporary stars together in celebration of this historic occasion.
What’s on the BBC during the King’s Coronation?
Charles R: The Making of a Monarch tells the story of King Charles III’s more than seven decades as heir to the throne.
Songs of Praise: The King’s Journey to Coronation – Aled Jones visits Highgrove House and the gardens which are a testament to King Charles’ lifelong desire to champion causes close to his heart, especially for the environment.
The One Show will launch the Coronation week starting with a one-hour special featuring the work being done across all the nations and communities of the UK in the build-up to the biggest weekend of the year.
EastEnders will mark the historical occasion with a Coronation-themed street party in Albert Square hosted by the residents of Walford who come together to celebrate the festivities of the day just as those around the nation will be celebrating this summer.
Stitching for Britain – As the clock counts down to Coronation Day, in Stitching for Britain bespoke menswear designer and ‘Sewing Bee’ judge Patrick Grant takes us ‘behind the seams’ at uniform manufacturers, Kashket & Partners, as they pull out all the stops to prepare thousands of spectacular parade uniforms.
Sing For the King: The Search for the Coronation Choir – Across the four corners of Britain, on stages and behind closed doors, thousands of communities, friends, neighbours and colleagues will get together to experience the power, joy and togetherness singing in a choir brings.
Royal Bargain Hunt – Christina Trevanion hosts a special Coronation episode of Bargain Hunt at Newark Antiques fair in which the red and blue teams are made up of royal fans, guided by experts Raj Bisram and Roo Irvine.
Coronation Kitchen Live – To mark the historical event of the Coronation of King Charles III, Saturday Kitchen will broadcast live and look ahead to the Big Lunch and the Coronation Concert.
Antiques Roadshow Coronation Special – The Antiques Roadshow celebrates Britain’s fascination with all things regal by taking a look through the archives at some of the most intriguing artefacts with royal connections that have appeared on the show.
Songs of Praise: A Coronation Celebration – Katherine Jenkins and Pam Rhodes visit the magnificent Hampton Court Palace to look back into royal history and to look forward to what may define King Charles’ reign.
Radio & Sounds
Pick of the Pops – Paul Gambaccini celebrates the Coronation by playing two top twenty charts from key weeks in King Charles’ life: November 1966, the week of King Charles’ 18th birthday, and the chart from his 50th birthday in 1998.
The Coronation Concert at the Castle – Radio 2 captures the atmosphere of the Coronation Concert live from Windsor Castle.
On BBC Sounds from April 14:
The Coronation Collection – In a series of pocket guides, award-winning television and radio presenter Elle Osili-Wood takes a look at different aspects of the Coronation of King Charles III.
The King & I – Sara Cox presents a special programme featuring the stories of people who have met The King over the years.
In Youth We Trust – How the Prince’s Trust Saved Me – This programme will feature incredible stories from those whose careers were kickstarted by the trust, including actors Idris Elba and David Oyelowo, music producer Naughty Boy, and bands Stereophonics and Muse, amongst others.
On BBC Sounds from end of April
The King’s Garden – This programme shines a light on the gardens at Highgrove.
Radio 3 celebrates the Coronation with a live broadcast of music from Westminster Abbey from 9am, with Katie Derham introducing performances by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, Sir Antonio Pappano and the Coronation Orchestra, with a programme of traditional repertoire and new commissions.
The Coronation celebrations will be reflected in The Archers. Ambridge aims to rival the crown jewels in sparkle to mark the Coronation, while some characters in the world’s longest running continuing drama will be able to draw upon their memories of the Coronation of The King’s mother.
Charles: The Making of a King – Sarah Montague looks back at the people and events which shaped Britain’s longest serving Prince of Wales, and examines how the legacy left to him by his mother, Queen Elizabeth the Second, will shape the path he chooses as monarch.
Beyond Belief: Divine Right –Aleem Maqbool and the panel explore the religious symbolism of the Coronation and discuss what this service means in the modern day and to King Charles III.
Stone of Destiny – Scottish poet Len Pennie goes in search of the student plotters and literary sensations who schemed to get back the ultimate symbol of Scotland – the stone of Scone.
Desert Island Discs – The castaway is the historian Professor Peter Hennessy, one of the UK’s leading contemporary historians and an expert on the British constitution. During the course of an engaging interview he reflects on his life chronicling post-war Britain and his respect and affection for Queen Elizabeth II.
5 Live will head to the heart of the action with programming coming live from London in advance of the Coronation ceremony with Tony Livesey presenting 5 Live Drive on Friday May 5 and 5 Live Breakfast with Rachel Burden and Chris Warburton on Saturday 6 May.
World Service English
The Day I Met The King – As The King is crowned at Westminster Abbey, Orna Merchant presents a special programme of people’s recollections of meeting King Charles III of the United Kingdom.
The Documentary: The Making of King Charles – Charles III waited a very long time to become King. On the eve of his Coronation, this documentary will examine what he got up to, what it says about the type of person he is, and whether it points to what kind of King he will be.
Witness History presents a week of special programming looking at Monarchies and Kings past, in the run up to the Coronation to King Charles III.
In the run up to the Coronation, BBC News will be covering the preparations in London and Windsor as well as talking to communities across the UK about their celebrations and participation in the Big Help Out. Correspondents will be looking at the views of the nations of the UK, the Commonwealth, the monarchy, the new King and Queen Consort and what’s changed since the last coronation in 1953 – which was ground-breaking for live TV coverage.
On Coronation Day, BBC News will provide comprehensive coverage with live presentation from Westminster Abbey and with contributions from correspondents across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. On Sunday, there will be a BBC News Special covering the UK’s street parties and celebrations.
Newsround will cover the Coronation on all platforms (daily bulletins, online and social media) and will explain the history and significance of the Coronation of a new monarch.
Blue Peter – On Friday 5 May, the Blue Peter studio will be decorated with bunting triangles designed by children. Presenter Joel will also be challenged to join the Royal Marines band where he will rehearse and perform as a drummer with the marching band who will feature in the Coronation parade.
BBC Teach will create a video-led assembly pack for primary schools to mark the Coronation. Supplemented by key images, the pack will suggest reflection and ‘pause for thought’ questions, as well as a suggested framework for teachers to use in the classroom about the momentous occasion.
On the morning of the Coronation, Local Radio will join teams from around the country to hear how they are marking the historical day. On Sunday, we will hear from those taking part in The Big Lunch reflecting how people are joining together for the event. Monday 8 May will look at the efforts of volunteering as part of BBC Local Radio’s Make a Difference initiative.
BBC Radio Scotland will cover the Coronation across its news output as well as providing live coverage of the event
BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal will be covering the build-up on the day of the Coronation and the ceremony itself in Gaelic. Beginning at 10am, Cathy MacDonald and Catriona Murray will be providing commentary.
For BBC Radio Wales:
King and Country: How Wales Made a Monarch – Before Charles became King, he was Prince of Wales. It was a role he took more seriously than any predecessor, but what impact did he make in Wales, and what does it tell us about how he will reign?
The Day I Met The King – He’s been waiting to take to the throne for his entire lifetime and we all think we know him but who is the real King Charles III, king of 15 realms, leader of the Commonwealth and the longest ever serving Prince of Wales?
There will be coverage across BBC Radio Ulster/ Foyle and BBC Sounds with scheduled programmes in the lead up to and on the Coronation weekend, reflecting the occasion and local plans. These will include a special Gardeners’ Corner ‘Highgrove and Hillsborough’ programme on Saturday 6 May looking at Northern Ireland’s horticultural links with The Monarchy.
Classical Connections With John Toal and Sounds Sacred will feature a mix of 30 minutes of music, including two hymns, recorded by the Royal Irish Regiments, based in Holywood County Down, who will have a key role to play locally at the time of the Coronation.
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