CBC bowing royal alternative to Super Bowl

For those who prefer their TV fare more patrician than pugilistic, Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work, offers ideal counter-programming.

Arguably as far away from the Super Bowl as it’s possible to get, Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work will premiere on CBC this Sunday, Feb. 3, at 8 pm ET.

The first of three two-hour episodes will go behind the scenes as Her Majesty’s palace staff prepares for a state visit to the United States to mark the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown landings in Virginia, which will include face time with The Queen’s 10th US president, George W. Bush. The second hour of ep one will focus on a traditional royal gathering on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s birthday parade, plus a state banquet for the president of Ghana.

On Feb. 10 in the same time slot, viewers will witness some of Her Maj’s most significant duties, including weekly meetings with Britain’s prime minister. Then there’s the run-up to the opening of parliament, and preparing for the first-ever tour of the Baltic States by a British monarch.

The final two hours of the mini, on Feb. 24 at 8 pm ET, focus on The Queen’s four children talking frankly about their lives and the jobs into which they were born. Prince Philip also gets in on the act, and there’s an early-morning surprise for the residents of an inner-city hostel when they find Prince William making coffee.