‘The Queen at War’ on PBS

(Above source: PBS)

Over three seasons and 30 episodes, Netflix’s The Crown has done a great job telling the story of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth over a 30-year period starting in 1947, when she was 21 years old. But what about her life before then?  

May we suggest The Queen at War, a one-hour documentary about how then-Princess Elizabeth became a symbol of hope for the UK during World War II?

The doc premieres tonight, May 5, at 8 pm ET, on PBS stations (but check local listings for exact day/time in your area). You can also stream the show via PBS.org, PBS apps, or Amazon Prime’s PBS Masterpiece add-on channel.

Narrated by Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes/Carlson in Downton Abbey), The Queen at War finds young Elizabeth speaking to the country on the radio, performing in fundraising pantomimes, becoming a driver and mechanic in the women’s branch of the army, and falling in love with Prince Philip, a Naval officer she met at age 13 and would eventually marry.

VE Day 75, BBC
(Above source: BBC)

This Friday, Queen Elizabeth – now 94 and the only current head of state to have served in the military during World War II — will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the end of World War II in Europe, with a nationally televised, albeit pre-recorded, address at 4 pm ET (or 9 pm in London). That’s the exact same time her father, King George VI, spoke to mark the occasion in 1945. No word yet if subscription streamer BritBox, jointly owned by the BBC and ITV, will show the speech in the US.

The Queen at War was produced by BBC Studios for PBS and ITV.

For more info, visit pbs.org/show/queen-war.

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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