At least one member of the Royle Family will have a starring role during the Diamond Jubilee after the BBC announced Sue Johnston among its line-up for the event.
The Beeb will send boats down the river to cover the Thames Pageant, screen the concert taking place outside Buckingham Palace, and broadcast a documentary made about the Queen by the Prince of Wales.
The corporation will show a four-and-a-half-hour broadcast of the pageant down the Thames, with coverage led by Matt Baker and Sophie Raworth from a studio at the former Billingsgate fish market.
BBC boat the Zephyr will be a base for guests including Frank Skinner, Sandi Toksvig and Royle Family star Sue, who will provide ‘an alternative and amusing reflection on the pageant’.
Today Programme presenter James Naughtie will provide the commentary from St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday, June 5, when more than 50 members of the Royal Family gather for a national service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
And Charles’s film, which is described as ‘a personal tribute’, will be shown on BBC1 and include previously unseen photographs and films from the Queen’s private collection – some of which she shot herself.
The BBC’s coverage will be across radio and television and include contributions from Barbara Windsor, the Hairy Bikers, the cast of Horrible Histories, Richard E Grant and former prime minister Sir John Major.
Director of BBC vision George Entwistle said: “A series of epic events in 2012 will make this an unprecedented year for the country and for the BBC. Our coverage will aim to bring the whole nation together and deliver all the excitement of having a front-row seat for every moment.”