Cunard Line Underwrites New PBS Series



    
    Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work

    Series Debuts on Wednesday, November 12

    
    SOUTH HAMPTON, England, Oct. 28 /CNW/ -- In a move that further
underscores Cunard's British heritage, the Line is sponsoring the new PBS
series Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work, a six-episode series that provides
an exclusive look inside the modern British monarchy.  In advance of the
series' U.S. debut on November 12, its associate producer and writer, Robert
Hardman, sailed on Queen Mary 2's October 16 Transatlantic voyage to
participate in the company's award-winning enrichment programme, Cunard
Insights. During the voyage, Hardman afforded Cunard guests an exclusive
preview of the full series, hosting pre-film introductions and participating
in Q&A sessions following each screening.
    "We are delighted to support PBS in presenting this intriguing series,
which explores the busy lives of Britain's modern monarchs, many of whom have
graciously and enthusiastically celebrated Cunard's maritime milestones with
us," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.  "We are delighted to have
been able to welcome Robert Hardman aboard, as we know our guests truly
enjoyed this exclusive screening preview at sea."
    Authorized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, filmmakers were granted
exclusive access for a behind-the-scenes look beyond the majestic gates and
velvet ropes of Buckingham Palace. The intimate series features exclusive
interviews with members of the royal family and observes preparations for
elaborate formal occasions including a rare look inside the royal kitchens,
wine cellar and car fleet, and the jobs of footmen, ladies in waiting, the
yeoman guard and the crown jeweler.  The series takes viewers along as Queen
Elizabeth II visits the first permanent British settlement in the U.S., spends
time with President Bush at the White House and visits the newly democratic
republic of Estonia where no British monarch has set foot before.
    
    The life of the monarchy unfolds in six compelling episodes, including:
    
    -- "The State Visit, Parts 1 and 2" (11/12, 8:00-10:00 p.m.) - This
episode follows the elaborate preparations that go into preparing for a visit
from the queen. Highlights include celebrity photographer Annie Liebowitz's
formal photo shoot with the queen and exclusive interviews with Liebowitz, the
queen's press secretary, President Bush, and First Lady Laura Bush, who
personally leads a private tour of the White House. Behind the scenes and at
her side from beginning to end, "The State Visit" reveals what it takes to
plan and execute an official visit from the queen.
    -- "Headquarters" (11/19, 8:00-9:00 p.m.) - Buckingham Palace's 650 rooms
form the nerve center of the British monarchy. It's from here that the queen
directs the business of the royal family, entertains heads of state and
conducts her private life.  Highlights of the episode include Queen Elizabeth
preparing for her annual move to Balmoral in Scotland.
    -- "Head of State" (11/19, 9:00-10:00 p.m.) - For the dramatic ritual
that opens Parliament, the queen's coachmen don full livery, and two of her
horse- drawn carriages parade through the streets. One transports the queen,
the other carries the crown jewels.  The episode leads viewers through the
elaborate state opening of Parliament.  The episode also attends the weekly
private audience between Her Majesty and the British prime minister.
    -- "The Queen and Us" (11/26, 8:00-9:00 p.m.) - This episode tells the
story of four invited guests as they savor each moment of a garden party at
Buckingham Palace. Less formal occasions in every area of the country pack the
queen's schedule, but she isn't the only member of the royal family who
regularly crosses the country. In rural Northumberland, Prince Charles and the
Duchess of Cornwall take tea and get a tour from a local organic farmer.
    -- "Inside the Firm" (11/26, 9:00-10:00 p.m.) - To handle 4,000 state
visits, balls, school dedications, nursing home visits and charity events, the
queen depends on her husband, her children, cousins and now a new generation
of grandchildren. In this episode, the queen's children talk frankly about the
roles they were born into and the challenges of royal life.
    Check your local PBS station programming schedule to confirm broadcast
dates and times.
    Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work is underwritten by Cunard Line, Public
Television Viewers and PBS. Co-producers: RDF Media and History Television
International in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting.
    For more information and to book a voyage aboard Queen Mary 2 or Queen
Victoria, consult your Travel Professional, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD or
go to http://www.cunard.com.
    
    About Cunard Line
    
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, QE2 and
Queen Victoria has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and
the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled
steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.  Cunard voyages bring
together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable
White Star Service(TM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of
historic voyages and transatlantic travel.
    Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  The
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion
to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.




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For further information: Jackie Chase of Cunard Line, +1-661-753-1035,
jchase@cunard.com, or Maria Andriano of Redpoint Marketing PR,
+1-212-229-0119, andriano@redpointpr.com

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