Cameraman to the Queen
This one-off documentary for Christmas Day on ITV follows Royal cameraman Peter Wilkinson, who has been ever-present at the Queen’s public engagements for 18 years.
With special access to key Royal engagements, this programme paints a fresh portrait of the Queen as Peter films her during a state visit by the Chinese president, at a Royal garden party at Buckingham Palace, on a visit to Essex and in Scotland on the momentous day she became the longest serving monarch in British history.
Peter has a unique role, funded by UK broadcasters but requiring him to work closely with Buckingham Palace. The programme features footage of the Queen from Peter’s 1,800 assignments, and shows how his pictures from events like these are then beamed into millions of homes around the world.
Contributors include current and former Royal correspondents Tom Bradby, Nicholas Witchell and Jennie Bond, as well as Peter’s former colleagues from his earlier days as an ITN news cameraman, including Sir Trevor McDonald and Michael Nicholson.
Peter talks about some of the most memorable and poignant Royal moments he has filmed, including the days after the death of the Queen Mother and the aftermath of 7/7. He also explains how he came to take on the job after 32 years working all over the world for ITN.
Among the historic events he recounts having filmed are Bloody Sunday, and the evacuation from Saigon, as well as the time he and his ITN colleagues were kidnapped in Africa and held hostage for nine weeks.