The Crown Jewels

Clive Myrie uncovers the hidden stories of Britain’s national treasures.

Released : 2022

Runtime : 60mins

Partners : BBC

A single jewel in the Tower of London has seen the rise and fall of more empires, caused more bad luck, and been more prized than any other precious stone on Earth. The Kohinoor is the most famous – and infamous – diamond in the world, but it’s only one of tens of thousands of jewels and numerous crowns that make up Britain’s most valuable treasure – the Crown Jewels. Now, to mark the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee, 70 years on the throne, Clive Myrie explores the objects that symbolize her authority. 

Collected over centuries by British Kings and Queens, these objects are now used on ceremonial State occasions including the Coronation where they announce the arrival of every new Monarch.  With unprecedented access and the latest technology, Clive Myrie reveals the magnificent, astonishing, complicated thousand-year history buried within The Crown Jewels. 

Courtesy of unique access to film the Crown Jewels and with the help of special macro photography techniques, Clive reveals these world famous objects, and the diamonds and other precious jewels that adorn them, in a level of detail that no one has ever seen before.  

With such unprecedented access and with special macro photograph techniques, Clive reveals the jewels in such exquisite detail that no one has ever seen before. This footage adds depth to the stories we hear the Queen recount of the origin of the jewels, revealing whether or not these legends prove true.

At the Collins family workshop, official jewellers to the Queen, Clive learns the value of our national treasures: it is not only weight, cut and colour and rarity that add value. The provenance and history of the Crown Jewels collection render them beyond price. This astonishing craftsmanship is clear as we get a glimpse of the jewellers at work.

Using cutting-edge filming techniques never-previously applied to the Jewels, Clive discovers the craftsmanship that confirms the age of the Coronation Spoon: 900 years old. Another ancient piece is the emerald that sits atop St Edward’s Crown which was originally removed from a ring buried with King Edward the Confessor in 1066. St Edward’s Crown, like other Crowns, is so sacred it cannot be filmed or even observed from above. 

Clive investigates the controversy surrounding some of these treasured items. The fabled Kohinoor diamond, received by the Crown as a spoil of war in 1846, after the British annexation of the Punjab, symbolizes the legacy of Empire. Author Anita Anand explores its complicated history. 

These Jewels reveal the story for good or ill of our island over the last thousand years. It is a complicated history, but it is one illuminated by some of the most beautiful objects ever crafted. Seventy years after some of them were last used, are they merely relics of a bygone era? Or are they valuable symbols of heritage? 

Press

Fascinating and absorbing. Myrie is excellent.

The Sunday Times

Myrie is great: curious, affable and unstuffy

The Telegraph

The history fascinates

The Times

Myrie sheds new light

The Daily Mail

Extraordinary access. Fascinating.

The Daily Star

A right, royal treat

The Sun

Fascinating film

The Saturday Telegraph

Credits

Presented by

Clive Myrie

Produced and Directed by

Harvey Lilley

Executive Producer

Anthony Geffen

Editors

Sally Yeadon
William Ennals

Commissioning Editor

Simon Young

Director of Photography

Louis Caulfield
Mike Robinson

Associate Producer

Alastair Bruce

Assistant Producer

John Shirely

Head of Production

Katie Davies

Line Producer

Caroline Daly

Production Manager

Francesca Atzori

Production Coordinator

Tanya Severn

Production Secretary

Anna Trebble

Production Assistant

Charlotte Fletcher

Original Music by

Ty Unwin
Jamie Farnell Warren

Drone

Hugo Saunders
Sam Short

Motion Control Assist

Joe Cox

Additional Cameras

Ian Chisholm

Camera Assistants

Matt Cardiff
Nick Gaven
Rasmus Rani
Cosmo Robinson
Alex Williams

Special Projects Manager

Charlie Hinshelwood

For Atlantic Productions

Mimi Gilligan
Vincent Pretorius
Claudia Perkins

Facilities

Evolutions

Visual Effects

Zoo VFX

Edit Assistant

Kamila Stopyra

Facilities Manager

Conor Moss

Assistant Gaffer

Romaine Foster

Gaffer

Marco Di Giulio

Sound Recordists

Martin Evanson
Simon Forrester
Paul Nathan
Rob Thomas

With Special Thanks to

Historic Royal Palaces
Royal Collection Trust
The Royal Household
Tower of London

With Thanks to

Dunnottar Castle
G. Collins and Sons
Hampton Court Palace
Historic Environment Scotland
Kinneff Old Church
Natural History Museum, London
The Society of Antiquaries of London
Westminster Abbey

Archive Sources

Alamy
Axiom Images
British Library/Bridgeman Images
British Pathe Ltd
Getty Images
ITV Archive
(C) The National Gallery, London
POND5
Royal Collection Trust (C) 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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