Royal times on TV

These are Royal times.

The spectre of being ashamed to support the remnants of an ancient, brutal class system ruled by a wealthy, privileged few has been forgotten by the young and very young.

It has been replaced by a sort of worship of royal celebrity, where really, nobody cares about the morality of it all.

That, I say, is a good thing.

It was only very boring activist types at parties in the 1980s that warbled on and on about Charles and Di, about hegemonic systems and inequality and the like, and they went on to become academics, musicians, or the sort of people who busk as human statues or play the flute at markets dressed as pixies, or get excited about alternative medicine, or use words like "sustainable" and "holistic".

They were mainly unattractive, and unpopular with the ladies.

This is all true.

These days, everyone likes the Queen. That is mostly because she is very old, something it is hard not to respect. Also, she was the subject of the very good Sex Pistols song, God Save the Queen.

The Sex Pistols liked the Queen, and her fascist regime.

Freddy Mercury did too.

It follows then, that you should watch anything to do with Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years as Head of the Commonwealth.

Did I use enough capitals?

Head Of The Commonwealth.


Also you should watch anything relating to her family.

William and Kate: A First Anniversary Celebration scorches into view on Prime this Thursday at 7.30pm.

Watch that.

From the aisle of Westminster Chapel to their first overseas trip to Canada, their glitzy time in Los Angeles and the reality of married life, William and Kate follows the most famous couple in the world as they begin their lives together.

Oh sweet, oh choice.

It is hard to believe that it was only April 29 last year that I almost got around to watching the wall-to-wall coverage of the royal wedding.

This most terrific of programmes asks how the couple manage to cope under such intense pressure.

It answers early on that it is something to do with Kate's inner calm.

The excellent show asks whether the most famous couple in human history can ever hope to have a private life.

It answers early on that William has a close circle of friends who are incredibly protective of him.

William and Kate, the well-spoken narrator promises, has unprecedented access to Royals, friends and family.

That includes Lady Elizabeth Anson, the Queen's cousin, and Sir Malcolm Ross, Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office from 1991 to 2005.

It is Champagne television.

Television gold.

Go to bed.


-Charles Loughrey



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