The Sunday Telegraph - - Television & Radio - The Queen’s Green Planet

ITV, 9.00PM

Con­tin­u­ing its fruit­ful and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship with the Royal fam­ily, ITV presents this new doc­u­men­tary – a low-key charmer which show­cases an im­por­tant global project while also cap­tur­ing the Queen at prob­a­bly her most re­laxed and in­for­mal on cam­era in quite some time. That is in no small part thanks to the pres­ence of David At­ten­bor­ough, who nar­rates the film and ac­com­pa­nies her on a turn around Buck­ing­ham Palace gar­dens. It is a gen­uine plea­sure to see these two for­mi­da­ble pub­lic fig­ures, nei­ther prone to suf­fer­ing fools, grum­bling about health and safety, and mak­ing each other laugh. The scheme in ques­tion was the brain­child of Labour MP Frank Field, who grew so ex­as­per­ated at the lack of po­lit­i­cal in­ter­est in con­serv­ing the planet’s re­sources that he ap­proached the monarch to lend her sup­port in­stead. The Queen’s Canopy is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing Com­mon­wealth coun­tries to plant pro­tected forests. Over 30 have signed up to date, and while the Queen can’t do the glo­be­trot­ting pro­mo­tional work her­self these days, her grand­sons and, slightly in­con­gru­ously, An­gelina Jolie all talk about their ac­tive in­volve­ment in tree plant­ing from Namibia to Canada. Gabriel Tate

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