June 2, 2022

CPAC to air documentary on Queen Elizabeth II’s early life through previously unseen, private home movies

The BBC’s Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen features monarch’s own commentary on her newly released family archives 

OTTAWA, June 2, 2022 — In honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) is partnering with the BBC Studios to bring Canadian viewers the unvarnished and deeply personal story of the Queen’s remarkable life and reign, through her own eyes and in her own words. 

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen, already critically acclaimed worldwide, features previously unseen footage from the Queen’s personal video archive, dating back to the 1920s. The Queen herself narrates the film. 

Though Elizabeth II’s reign has been meticulously documented in public, viewers have never seen the Royal Family’s home videos taken over many decades, especially her childhood. Until now, the footage was locked deep in a secure vault at the British Film Institute.  

From a playful and carefree little princess frolicking in the water and dancing around the family corgis with her sister Margaret, to intimate footage of the Queen’s loving relationship with her father, King George VI, to the view from indoors as newlyweds Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip waved to adoring crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Canadians will get a unique view of history this weekend. 

WHAT: The BBC documentary Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen 

WHEN: Sunday, June 5 at 9pm ET  /  6pm  PT 

WHERE: See it on CPAC TV  

About CPAC 

The mission of the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) is to connect Canadians to Canadian politics. CPAC is Canada’s only commercial-free, not-for-profit, bilingual television service. Created in 1992 by a consortium of cable companies, CPAC provides a unique window on parliamentary, political and public affairs in Canada and abroad.  

About Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen 

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen, a 1×75’, is a BBC Studios Productions for BBC One and iPlayer commissioned by Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, History and Religion. The Executive Producers are Julia Harrington and Harvey Lilley, the Director is Simon Finch and Claire Popplewell is the Creative Director. The Commissioning Editor is Simon Young. BBC Studios is handling global distribution.