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Hockney, the Queen and the Royal Peculiar

The programme follows David Hockney as he undertakes a commission to design and install a stained-glass window in Westminster Abbey to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 65-year reign.

It has been the site of royal weddings, funerals and nearly every British coronation since 1066, Westminster Abbey is also known as a Royal Peculiar - a church controlled not by a bishop but by the monarch herself. Crowned there 65 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II is now the world's longest-reigning monarch and to celebrate, Westminster Abbey has commissioned an historic new work - a towering stained-glass window. The artist behind it is David Hockney - who famously refused a knighthood and declined an invitation to paint the Queen's portrait because he was too busy painting landscapes in Yorkshire. Adopting an art form which is over 1,000 years old is yet another surprising move from an artist whose career has continually defied expectation. With unique access, imagine... follows the whole process from design to installation.

1 hour


Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Participant David Hockney
Executive Producer Tanya Hudson
Series Editor Alan Yentob
Producer Louise Lockwood
Director Louise Lockwood


  • Tue 9 Oct 2018 22:45
  • Tue 9 Oct 2018 23:15
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  • Sat 17 Nov 2018 01:40