Death of Queen Elizabeth II: “This England”, Premiere League postponed


The BBC has confirmed the launch of hit dance show Strictly Come Dancing has been delayed by a week due to the Queen’s funeral.

The show was originally scheduled to start on Saturday September 17th. However, with the funeral scheduled to take place on Monday September 19th, the Beeb bosses have moved the start of the show to Friday September 23rd. The first live show will take place as planned the following evening.

The broadcaster has also confirmed that Frozen Planet II will resume on BBC One on Sunday 18 September, followed by the premiere of Bloodlands season 2, while ‘Crossfire’ premieres on Tuesday 20 September and “Celebrity Masterchef finals will take place on Thursday, September 22nd.

The next day, Ghosts Season 4 will air alongside the debut of Daisy May Cooper’s new comedy series, Am I Being Unreasonable?

The BBC has also confirmed its broadcast schedule for the Queen’s State Funeral, with special programs and coverage the night before and throughout the day. BBC One will also air Paddington on Saturday 18 September, followed by Paddington 2 on Monday 19 September, after the funeral, in tribute to Her Majesty’s special relationship with the bear.


The British Film Institute (BFI) has canceled the first day of its London Film Festival (LFF) pre-festival program as it was due to clash with the Queen’s funeral on Monday September 19.

“The state funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place on Monday September 19 and has been declared a national bank holiday,” the organization said in an email on Tuesday (September 13). “In light of this news, we are now starting our pre-festival program from September 20th. The films that were scheduled to take place on September 19 will be housed later in the festival.”

The preliminary program of the festival consists of press and industry presentations, which are divided into two blocks. Among those included in the first block are “Enys Men”, “Holy Spider” and “Fast & Feel Love”.

One of the first official acts of King Charles III. as a monarch was to declare the day of the Queen’s funeral a public holiday. Many shops are to be closed, as are schools and other institutions.

LFF is scheduled to start on October 5th and run until October 16th. Films premiering at the festival include Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the #MeToo thriller She Said, which tells the story of how two New York Times journalists broke the story of Harvey Weinstein and The Son, Florian Zeller’s long-awaited sequel to The Father.

Universal has delayed the UK release of Ol Parker’s ‘Ticket to Paradise’ starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The film, which was due to be released on September 16, will now be released on September 20, the day after the Queen’s funeral.

A Universal spokesman said: “In light of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, Universal, Working Title, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and director Ol Parker have decided to delay the UK opening of ‘Ticket to Paradise’ until after the Queen’s funeral has taken place Respect for the royal family and the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, Britain has postponed several planned events as a mark of respect for the late monarch.

Sky has pushed back the scheduled start of Michael Winterbottom’s Boris Johnson drama This England, starring Kenneth Branagh, from September 21 to September 28, after the official mourning period.

The Premier League has postponed football matches this weekend and Monday night. The FA has confirmed that football matches in the Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, Vitality Women’s FA Cup and Isuzu FA Trophy will be postponed this weekend and that all football matches across the National League System, Steps 1-6 , below the Vanarama National Leagues, women’s football pyramid, levels 3-7 and grassroots games in England are postponed.

In line with this, all 9-10 September EFL football matches will also be postponed.

ITV and Indigo Television have decided to move this year’s National Television Awards from 15 September to 13 October.

Meanwhile, uninterrupted coverage of the events following the Queen’s death continues on all UK channels. Sky News broadcasts highlight programming each evening at 9pm presented by Trevor Phillips live from Buckingham Palace, featuring pictures of the day and key figures involved in the day’s ceremonies and the people who witnessed them, including the Accession Council on Saturday and the Queen lies in the state.

On Friday, Sky Showcase and Sky Arts are showing a new documentary, Elizabeth II: A Life of Duty, a look back at the life of the Queen, followed by The Queen’s People and King Charles – The Third Modern Monarch. ‘ on Sky News, Sky Showcase and Sky Arts on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Sky News will not carry any commercials this weekend or throughout Monday.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, ITV will report ITV News: The Proclamation of the King on the formal accession of King Charles III. This will be followed by a documentary, Our Queen, The People’s Stories, narrated by Nicola Walker, in which people from all walks of life reflect on meeting the Queen and how those moments impacted their lives.

Narrated by Julie Etchingham, The Queen In Her Own Words uses speeches, letters, broadcasts and personal memoirs to reveal the public and private side of Queen Elizabeth II through nearly a century of tumultuous changes.

‘Queen and Country’, narrated by Alison Steadman, explores the Queen’s love of the countryside of Scotland, Norfolk and Windsor through the eyes of those who came into contact with her and shared her passion for country life.

The BBC also has ample coverage of the news. For Saturday are The Proclamation of HM The King, Picturing Elizabeth: Her Life in Images, The Queen and Us: 50s, The Queen and Us: 60s, The One Show: Our Queen Remembered, “The One Show: Our Queen Remembered”, “”, “Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen” and “When the Queen Spoke to the Nation”.

BBC Sunday programming includes HM The King: The National Proclamations, Songs of Praise: Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth: Her Passions & Pastimes, The Queen and Us: 70s, The Queen and Us: 80s “. ‘, ‘Countryfile – Queen & Country’, ‘Antiques Roadshow: The Queen and Britannia’ and ‘The Longest Reign: The Queen and Her People’.

Elsewhere, cinemas remain open for the moment but will likely close on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

The Society of London Theater and the UK Theater have said theaters will remain open for the duration of the national mourning leading up to the funeral.

Theaters across the UK will dim their lights for two minutes each night at 7pm as a mark of respect, which is the theater’s traditional way of honoring those who have died. Death of Queen Elizabeth II: “This England”, Premiere League postponed

Charles Jones

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