Britain in Colour on Smithsonian Channel reveals 20th-century British history as you have never seen it before - using colourised archive footage to bring to life the making of modern Britain
In 1896, the first film of Queen Victoria was shot. In tonight's episode, it shows the 77-year-old monarch in a carriage with her family around her at Balmoral.
It’s quite remarkable to see it at all, never mind in colour.
The rest of the documentary on free-to-air channel Smithsonian races through modern British history as it tells the story of the Royal Family captured on film and now shown in colour.
From funerals to coronations, an abdication, two world wars and beautiful footage of a young Princess Elizabeth with no idea how soon she will be made Queen, this is an illuminating and intimate look back at the Royals as they are rarely seen.
TV Times rating: ***
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