The Changing Face of . . .
Wednesday, 7.30pm, Bio
I’d hate to leave you with the impression I’m a royalist, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that this excellent new biography series kicks off with Her Maj, one of the most recognised women on the planet. Try to think of anyone else in Western life who has been a visible public figure and in power for almost 60 years. As a three-year-old, Elizabeth was on the cover of Time magazine, though the program’s boast that she was a fashion icon even then seems a little OTT. This episode prides itself on profiling the Queen on her journey from young princess to world’s favourite grandmother, and at all stations between. Royal watchers will thrill to the trove of photographs and early appearances in which, dressed by Norman Hartnell, Elizabeth shone like a movie star. Episodes to come include profiles of Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Michael.