In a segment filmed at Buckingham Palace, BBC announced yesterday that they would be producing a new series dedicated to introducing the public to some of the priceless works of art within the Royal Collection. The programmes, created in partnership with the Royal Collection Trust, will feature “a four-part series presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon for BBC Four, and Treasures Reunited: Charles I At The Royal Academy for BBC Two.” Information about additional programmes will be available later this year, with the series itself expected to begin airing in 2018.
The aim of these programmes is to provide audiences with a glimpse at one of the most important art collections in the world, while also exposing them to the extraordinary history and importance of each showcased piece.
The Royal Collection, the first four-part series, will feature Andrew Graham-Dixon as he tours royal residences, museums, and galleries across the UK sharing information about works of art from such celebrated artists as Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Holbein, and Leonardo da Vinci.
Following the first four episodes in the series will be a special called Treasures Reunited: Charles I at the Royal Academy. In this 60-minute episode, Brenda Emmanus will explore the Royal Academy’s “landmark exhibition,” which brings together a significant portion of the collection of King Charles I for the first time since the 17th century. This programme will not only discuss how the collection came to be during the reign of Charles I but also what happened to the pieces when the collection was dismantled by Oliver Cromwell.
Jonty Claypole, Director, BBC Arts said, “The BBC is delighted to be working in partnership with Royal Collection Trust. The programmes we’re announcing today are The Royal Collection, a four-part series presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon for BBC Four, and Treasures Reunited: Charles I At The Royal Academy for BBC Two. These programmes will give audiences across the UK a chance to discover the extraordinary history and masterpieces of the Royal Collection, as well as some of its lesser-known, but equally extraordinary treasures. [The] broadcast will coincide with the major exhibitions, Charles II: Art & Power at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, and Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy.”
The Royal Collection Trust is a non-profit organisation that cares for and curates the Royal Collection, one of the most important and expansive art collections in the world. The Royal Collection Trust is also responsible for the opening of the official residences of the monarch, including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Clarence House, Frogmore House, and Palace of Holyroodhouse.