Platinum Jubilee 2022 TV Guide: Our pick of what to watch on BBC, ITV, Prime Video and more to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign

Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign with our pick of the best TV, including The Queen’s Birthday Parade, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration, and Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts.

By Sophia Moir Published: 10 May 2022 - 10.45am
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In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the country and the Commonwealth.

The celebrations culminate in the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend, which takes place from 2 to 5 June, when we’ll be treated to an extra Bank Holiday.

As well as the street parties and Jubilee picnics, you can get involved in celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s historic reign with a whole host of special TV coverage across BBC, ITV, Prime Video and BritBox - both during the celebratory weekend and before.

Here, we round up our picks of what to watch to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, including The Queen’s Birthday Parade on BBC, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration on ITV, and Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts on Prime Video. Read our must-watch TV guide below.

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Platinum Jubilee TV Guide: What’s on BBC?

The Queen's Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking 

Platinum Jubilee pudding competition BBC
The Queen's Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking follows the nationwide competition to find a celebratory pudding for the Queen

This one-hour special for BBC One and iPlayer follows the nationwide competition to find an original and celebratory cake or pudding fit for the Queen herself, to celebrate our Monarch’s 70 years on the throne - with a little help from Dame Mary Berry. 

Watch The Queen's Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Thursday 12 May at 8pm.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

To mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, RHS Chelsea will be paying tribute to her long-standing support of the event and taking a look at how Chelsea has shaped our gardening tastes over the past 70 years.

Watch RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 22 May. Timings TBC.

Bargain Hunt Jubilee Special

Two teams of royal enthusiasts go head-to-head at Cheshire Showground for a Bargain Hunt with a Royal twist! Master of ceremonies Charlie Ross challenges them to buy an item with a royal connection and noble experts Nick Hall and Stephanie Connell are on hand to guide their teams towards the best regal buys.

Watch Bargain Hunt Jubilee Special on the BBC and BBC iPlayer on Wednesday 1 June. Timings TBC.

The Repair Shop Jubilee Special

Jay Blades and the team mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by bringing four treasured heirlooms with a royal connection, back to life.

Watch The Repair Shop Jubilee Special on the BBC and BBC iPlayer on Wednesday 1 June. Timings TBC.

Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour

Queen Elizabeth II amongst members of the British royal family at Trooping The Colour in 2017
Queen Elizabeth II amongst members of the British Royal Family at Trooping The Colour in 2017

On Thursday 2 June, the Queen’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping The Colour, will take place to mark the Queen’s Official Birthday. More than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together for the Jubilee special of the traditional royal parade. 

Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the parade will move down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, joined by members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and JJ Chalmers will present the Jubilee Special of Trooping the Colour on the BBC.

The parade will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by the Queen and members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony - including Prince Harry and Meghan (Queen Elizabeth II is reported to have invited them to appear on the balcony for the momentous occasion). 

It's the first time Trooping The Colour has gone ahead in its traditional form since 2019. It was cancelled for a second year running in 2021, having been called off in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch The Queen’s Birthday Parade on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Thursday 2 June. Timings TBC.

Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee

The first day of the Platinum Jubilee will be marked by the traditional lighting of beacons across the nation and the Commonwealth.  Around the country, communities will be coming together to light more than 1,500 beacons to celebrate The Queen’s 70-year reign, and a principal beacon will be lit at Buckingham Palace.

Presented by Kirsty Young on the BBC, with reporters across the country covering this historic celebration, including Jermaine Jenas at Buckingham Palace, Gethin Jones in Wales, Carol Kirkwood in Scotland, and Holly Hamilton in Northern Ireland.  The broadcast will also include highlights from the day’s ceremony of Trooping the Colour.

Watch Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Thursday 2 June. Timings TBC.

EastEnders

As those around the nation will be celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, so will the residents of Albert Square. With The Queen Vic at the heart of the celebrations, Mick Carter has an idea for the residents of Walford to celebrate the special occasion and it doesn’t take long for Linda Carter to take control as they pull out all the stops with a special street party in honour of Her Majesty, making it a day to remember in Albert Square. 

Watch EastEnders on the BBC and BBC iPlayer on Thursday 2 June. Timings TBC.

Platinum Jubilee:  A Service of Thanksgiving

In the presence of senior members of the royal family, David Dimbleby, Kirsty Young and Sophie Raworth will broadcast the Service of Thanksgiving live from St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Watch Platinum Jubilee:  A Service of Thanksgiving on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Friday 3 June. Timings TBC.

The Crown Jewels

To mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Clive Myrie has been given unique access to the Crown Jewels. With 13 Crowns and nearly 24,000 precious gemstones, the collection is the nation’s treasure.  In this revelatory documentary Clive travels across Britain to explore the dramatic stories behind these precious jewels from before the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066 to today.  

Watch The Crown Jewels on the BBC and BBC iPlayer on Friday 3 June. Timings TBC.

Platinum Party at the Palace

George Ezra will perform at the Platinum Party at the Palace, broadcast live from Buckingham Palace on BBC One.
George Ezra will perform at the Platinum Party at the Palace, broadcast live from Buckingham Palace on BBC One.

The Platinum Party at the Palace will bring together the world’s biggest entertainers to perform in front of Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace, with UK singer-songwriter George Ezra the first act to be confirmed to be taking the stage.

The event will feature an incredible range of highlights from global music stars with a full, live orchestra - to actors from film, TV and the stage telling the story and celebrating some of the most significant cultural moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign.

TV presenter Roman Kemp - son of Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp - will join Kirsty Young in hosting the BBC's coverage of the concert. Clara Amfo - who competed in season 18 of Strictly Come Dancing alongside Aljaz Skorjanec - is also taking part in the action. 

The full concert line-up for the Platinum Party at the Palace hasn't been confirmed, but we'll update this page with more information when the BBC announces the line-up.

Watch Platinum Party at the Palace live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Saturday 4 June. Timings TBC.

The Queen: 70 Glorious Years

Marking 70 years since The Queen ascended the throne, Britain’s best-loved stars share memories of the changes they have lived through during her reign. Narrated by Julie Walters.

Watch The Queen: 70 Glorious Years on the BBC and BBC iPlayer on Saturday 4 June. Timings TBC.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant line-up has been teased with the likes of Ed Sheeran
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant line-up has been teased with the likes of Ed Sheeran

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will have all the excitement and spectacle of an international parade and carnival - awe-inspiring and filled with marvel and delight. 

The Pageant will combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume to celebrate Her Majesty’s unwavering duty, love of the natural world and dedication to the Commonwealth.

The Platinum Jubilee concert line-up has been teased with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Basil Brush, Cliff Richard and Bill Bailey set to perform, according to organisers.

Presenters Kirsty Young, Clare Balding, AJ Odudu, Anita Rani, Sophie Morgan, and Anton Du Beke will come together for the Platinum Pageant. 

Another celebrity taking part in the Pageant is gardening expert and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh. He says: "I've been lucky enough to have been asked to be a part of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on an open-topped bus travelling down Whitehall and The Mall - and to be on stage at the end of the concert to join in with the National Anthem.

"I am, apparently, one of a hundred National Treasures. It's very flattering, but there's really only one National Treasure - the person whose Platinum Jubilee we are here to celebrate. How lucky am I to be a part of it?"

Kirsty Young will recap key moments from the weekend in the highlights programme Platinum Jubilee:  What a Weekend! later on that evening.

Watch The Platinum Jubilee Pageant on BBC One on Sunday 5 June. Timings TBC.

Platinum Jubilee TV Guide: What’s on ITV?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration

Dame Helen Mirren is one of the guests paying tribute to the Queen’s remarkable 70 years of service
Dame Helen Mirren is one of the guests paying tribute to the Queen’s remarkable 70 years of service

Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis, Omid Djalili and Tom Cruise lead an all-star cast of British and international talent celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in a celebratory event taking place on Sunday 15 May. 

Hosted by Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration will be broadcast live on ITV from the private grounds of Windsor Castle and is the first televised event to mark this historic occasion. 

Paying tribute to the Queen’s remarkable 70 years of service are celebrity guests including Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ant & Dec, Dame Joan Collins and Sir Trevor McDonald, with special performances from Katherine Jenkins and others.

Speaking about what he hopes the Queen will enjoy most about the event, co-host Phillip Schofield says: "I hope she'll enjoy the event from start to finish - there is so much packed in the two-and-a-half-hour spectacle that Julie and I will be gasping to take a breath!

"I hope she'll feel touched at the presence of so many people from far and wide coming together in unity to celebrate for her."

Watch The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration on ITV and ITV Hub on Sunday 15 May at 8pm.

Platinum Jubilee TV Guide: What’s on Prime Video?

Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts documentary

Prime Video will release Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts, a unique documentary about the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

Directed by the late Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and produced by producer Kevin Loader (Nowhere Boy), Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts is a nostalgic, uplifting and fresh modern chronicle of the extraordinary 70-year reign of Her Majesty The Queen.

For the last nine decades, Queen Elizabeth II has been entrenched in our collective consciousness: instantly recognisable, yet elusively and perpetually unknowable. Until now. With extraordinary access to rare footage from the Royal Archives, Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts is a truly cinematic celebration of an icon that reveals a unique glimpse of the woman behind the legend.

Stream Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts on Prime Video from Friday 3 June.

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Platinum Jubilee TV Guide: What’s on BritBox?

BritBox subscribers can celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with royal documentaries including My Years With the Queen, The Queen and the Coup, and The Queen Unseen.

My Years With the Queen (2021)

Lady Pamela Hicks talks for the first time on television about her incredible life growing up within the Royal Family and her close relationship with the Queen.

The Queen and the Coup (2020)

In 1953, a recently crowned Queen Elizabeth was unwittingly used in a secret attack on Iran's democracy. Using newly declassified documents, this documentary tells the story for the first time.

The Queen Unseen (2021)

A profile of the woman behind the crown. We hear intimate personal stories of the Queen from those who know her, while a clinical psychologist unpicks her body language.

Stream BritBox’s special selection of royal documentaries from Thursday 2 June.

Read more: Royal drama The Crown on BT.com

The Crown Netflix Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II

The story of Queen Elizabeth II's life and reign has been played out across four series of Netflix's drama The Crown. Claire Foy and Olivia Colman (above) have portrayed Her Majesty as the young queen and the settled monarch respectively; now Imelda Staunton takes up the mantle for the final two seasons as the monarchy copes with a fall in popularity and sudden tragedy.