COLIN VICK­ERY

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DO YOU want your royal wed­ding cov­er­age to be se­ri­ous or an up­roar­i­ous laugh fest? That is the choice con­fronting TV view­ers for Fri­day’s wed­ding of Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton.

Chan­nel 7 is set to play it straight. David Koch and Melissa Doyle will be on royal-watch for Sun­rise. Matt White is host­ing To­day Tonight from Lon­don for the week of the wed­ding, while Chris Bath and White will host Seven’s live wed­ding tele­cast from 4pm on Fri­day.

For­mer press sec­re­tary to the Queen, Dickie Ar­biter, will be Seven’s royal spe­cial­ist.

That is a stark con­trast to ABC2, which has hired The Chaser team for an ‘‘ al­ter­na­tive live com­men­tary’’ of the 31/ hour event.

‘‘ If it (the wed­ding) goes well, hope­fully they (ABC2) will ask us back next year to cover the di­vorce,’’ The Chaser’s Ju­lian Mor­row says.

Chan­nel 10 is also tak­ing a hu­mor­ous ap­proach to the royal nup­tials with Cel­e­brate Will & Kate The Wed­ding Pro­ject.

Cel­e­brate fea­tures The 7PM Pro­ject’s Char­lie Pick­er­ing and Dave Hughes, who will cross to Bri­tain for wed­ding re­ports from Car­rie Bick­more and Hamish McDon­ald.

Cel­e­brate will be fol­lowed by The Cer­e­mony, fea­tur­ing ra­dio com­edy duo Fitzy & Wippa.

Ten is call­ing its tele­cast ‘‘ a light­hearted al­ter­na­tive to your wed­ding view­ing’’.

Ten even has a spe­cial late-night edi­tion of The Cir­cle, fronted by Chrissie Swan, to dis­cuss all the post-wed­ding gos­sip.

Not to be out­done, Nine has hired Dame Edna Ever­age to sit along­side its wed­ding tele­cast hosts Karl Ste­fanovic and Lisa Wilkin­son.

Sky News will broad­cast ev­ery an­gle of the royal wed­ding with its multi-chan­nel and high­def­i­ni­tion cov­er­age on Fri­day. In ad­di­tion to its main-chan­nel, royal-wed­ding cov­er­age on Sky News Na­tional, Sky News will be broad­cast­ing the Sky News UK chan­nel live from Lon­don in high def­i­ni­tion, avail­able to all iQHD sub­scribers on Chan­nel 201. Play­ing it straight: Seven’s Mel and Kochie.

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