The Chang­ing Face of . . .

Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, Bio

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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