‘Royal Wedding’ Picks

(Above: Meghan Markle gets married – last month on ‘Suits’)

Celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage with Fred Astaire, The Nanny and, of course, Suits.

We considered providing a guide to where you can watch Saturday’s Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. But you don’t need a guide for that. Just turn on your TV or go online Saturday morning at 7 am ET and the nuptials will surely find you.

So how about a guide to all the documentaries you can watch about the unconventional royal couple? There turned out to be so many of them that we truly didn’t know where we’d begin or end.

Instead, to mark a romance that might well have been dreamed up by a screenwriter, the following are The Savvy Screener’s picks for celebrating the Royal Wedding through fiction.

Royal Wedding (1951)

Best known as the film where Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling, this MGM musical is set in London during the hoopla surrounding the 1947 wedding of Prince Harry’s grandparents: Queen Elizabeth, then just a Princess, and Prince Philip, then just the Duke of Edinburgh.

The 90-minute movie has long been in the public domain, so you can watch it right here:

The Nanny (1998)

This Fran Drescher sitcom finished its sixth season 20 years ago this week with a one-hour special, “The Wedding,” in which Drescher’s titular character, the working class American Fran Fine, finally marries her boss, the aristocratic Brit Maxwell Sheffield (played by an actual Baron, Charles Shaughnessy.)

Here’s an original CBS trailer for the “wedding of the year”:

You can see the entire Nanny hour Friday night at 7 pm ET on Cozi TV, available free via an antenna hooked up to your TV set. To find your local channel number, visit Get Cozi TV.

Suits (2011-2018)

For over 15 years, Meghan Markle made her living as an actress, most notably as a star of the USA Network comedy-drama Suits for seven seasons (108 episodes).

The first six seasons of Suits are available to Amazon Prime subscribers. But we’re most interested in last month’s final episode of season seven – the one in which Markle’s character gets married. That episode is available for $1.99 SD or $2.99 HD from AmazoniTunes, FandangoNow, Vudu or Microsoft.

Here’s the ceremony!

Cord and Tish (2018)

Ok, we do have one recommendation for watching Saturday’s Royal Wedding live: HBO’s The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish! In this case, it’s the hosts who are fictional!

We last heard from “Cord Hosenbeck” and “Tish Cattigan,” played by Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon respectively, when they hosted Amazon Prime’s coverage of the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. For Saturday’s wedding, Cord has already provided one quote in advance: “There will be more luxury packed into that church than all the Bed, Bath & Beyonds combined.”

You can stream The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish! via an HBO Now subscription starting Saturday morning at 7:30 am (there will also be a primetime replay at 9:45 pm for non early-birds). The show is scheduled to last two hours.



About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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