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3D Queen footage to be screened

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
The programme will feature footage of the Queen at the Epsom Derby

Channel 4 is to show previously unseen footage of the Queen shot in 3D during her coronation year.

Programme-makers said The Queen in 3D would transport viewers back in time to 1953 and would feel like the monarch was "walking right past you".

The two hour-long shows will tell the story of two men - now in their 80s - who filmed the 3D newsreel.

Special glasses needed to view them will be given out free in Sainsbury's stores before they air later this year.

The original 3D colour newsreel, Royal Review - filmed by director Bob Angell and cameraman Arthur Wooster - followed the Queen before and after her coronation.

The Channel 4 series will also include footage of the Queen at the Epsom Derby and on a boat trip on the River Thames.

'Time travel'

David Glover, commissioning editor for The Queen in 3D, said: "When I was told that there was unseen footage of the Queen's coronation in 3D I didn't really believe it at first.

You watch as the crowds wave at the coronation and you see the young Queen Elizabeth walking right past you
Commissioning editor David Glover

"Watching it didn't disappoint. It was like turning the TV set into a window - you draw back the curtains and look straight back into 1953. Watching period 3D documentary footage is about as close to time travel as one can get."

"You watch as the crowds wave at the coronation and you see the young Queen Elizabeth walking right past you."

The programmes will be shown in ColorCode 3D, which looks almost like an ordinary image when viewed without the glasses, which have an amber and a dark blue lens.

It does not need to be viewed on a 3D-ready television

The Queen in 3D is part of Channel 4's planned week of programming to celebrate the "golden era" of 3D footage.

The week will also feature the hour-long Derren Brown's 3D Magic Spectacular, which will see Brown "play host to some of the world's greatest, funniest and most shocking magicians".

Compilation show The Greatest Ever 3D Moments will also be shown.



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