The Daily Telegraph


When the Queen Spoke to the Nation


BBC One, 9pm

The Queen’s speeches have narrated our lives for seven decades. She never gave interviews, but this was a chance for the nation to hear her thoughts firsthand. “The Queen was so conscious that every word mattered,” says Sally Osman, former director of royal communcati­ons, in this documentar­y, narrated by Kirsty Young, that examines the monarch’s long history with public speaking. David Attenborou­gh, who guided the Queen through her Christmas broadcast when he was a producer in 1990, is among those movingly sharing their memories, alongside Alastair Campbell, John Major, Rowan Williams and many others.

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When the Queen Spoke to the Nation: in 1952

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