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Friday, April 15, 2011


(Getty Image: Kate Middleton and Prince William)

BBC World News (Channel 400 on DStv) will present Witness, One Square Mile and UK Report – Royal Wedding Special, a series of programmes leading up to the Royal Wedding of Prince William (second in line as heir to the throne of England) and Kate Middleton.

Witness Witness takes viewers back in time to key events in history by speaking to a witness as well as looking at archive material and hearing from historians. There are four special royal episodes of Witness in April, offering a uniquely personal perspective of major royal stories from history: Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier – Hollywood and royalty; Edward and Wallace Simpson – Divorce and royalty; Charles and Diana – Making of a global icon, and Sir Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams – The controversial marriage between the son of Botswana chief and English woman. These four-minute programmes will be repeated up to six times each Friday until April 22.

Also running every weekend until April 23 will be One Square Mile which explores neighbourhoods around the globe. BBC reporters visit an area of a town or city and talk to the people they meet to discover what life is really like for the residents. These four royal wedding editions talk to people from the towns and cities in the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and find out what they think about the forthcoming Royal Wedding.

These locations are Westminster (England); Belfast (Northern Ireland); St Andrews (Scotland), and Cardiff (Wales). The 16-minute programme will be repeated four to five times throughout the weekend.

UK Report - Royal Wedding Special, another 16-minute programme to be repeated throughout the weekend, gives viewers unique insight to everything happening in the build-up to the big day. Hosted by BBC World News presenter Mishal Hussain, the show will feature highlights from the week’s BBC Wedding coverage, video reports and guest discussions.

On April 29, the day of the Royal Wedding, BBC World News offers viewers access to the whole story with unique, live coverage of the wedding in a Special Broadcast from 09h00 to 15h00 GMT. With correspondents on the ground reporting on events as they happen, BBC World News will show the build-up, the ceremony and the celebrations on the streets of London.