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Enjoy the Splendor and Extravagance of 'The Queen's Palaces' on KCET

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ENJOY
THE SPLENDOR AND EXTRAVAGANCE OF "THE QUEEN'S PALACES" ON KCET

 

Burbank,
CA - July 2, 2012 - KCET, public media for Southern and Central California,
invites viewers to get an inside look at the grandeur of some of Great Britain's most
prized constructions: Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and Holyrood House, in
a special presentation of The Queen's
Palaces
, which will air every Wednesday at 9 p.m. beginning July 18.

The Queen's Palaces showcases the art
and design, the interior decoration, and the treasures stored inside these majestic
structures and reveals the surprising and fascinating tales behind them. British
journalist Fiona Bruce takes viewers on a tour around the rooms and corridors while
sharing the history behind the palace's conception and creation. Capturing the
colorful stories of works of art and fine objects, she interweaves every
episode to illustrate the relation between each royal building. Viewers are
able to partake in the pure delight of a walk inside these beautiful pieces of
architecture.

"Buckingham
Palace" - Wednesday, July 18

Buckingham
Palace may be just about the most famous building in the world, but its story
is much less familiar. Fiona Bruce reveals how England's most spectacular
palace emerged from a swampy backwater in just 300 years. The journey of
discovery takes her from the sewers of London to the magnificent State Rooms;
from a home for camels and elephants to the artistic brilliance of
C18th-century Venice; and from a prince's Chinese fantasy to the secret of how
the Palace's glittering chandeliers are cleaned today.

"Windsor
Castle" - Wednesday, July 25

From
the bowels of the Castle to the heights of the battlements, Fiona encounters
all manner of royal treasures - from the musket ball that killed a naval hero
to table decorations in gold and silver and encrusted with jewels; from the
triple-headed portrait of a king who lost his head to Queen Mary's Dolls' House
with running taps, and a secret garden hidden in a drawer. All of this was
almost lost in the disastrous fire of 1992.

"Holyrood
House" - Wednesday, August 1

It
is also one of Britain's smallest palaces and yet events at Holyrood have
determined the fate of three countries - England, France and Scotland. It was
also the last place where a royal prince challenged the right of an English
king to sit on the throne. Fiona Bruce discovers remarkable objects from the
Royal Collection that are intimately bound to the Palace's turbulent history -
from the spectacular Darnley Jewel with its many hidden messages to the
cat-and-mouse needlework of a doomed queen.

 

ABOUT KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in
the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California.
KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the
finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently
produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal
Connected
, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that
examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year
history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news
and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions,
its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and
community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported
community institution. For additional information about KCET productions,
web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit
kcet.org.

 

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