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60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Phillip Schofield to present landmark Royal documentary for ITV

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Celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and all of its achievements

ITV today announces a brand new and unique documentary project, which will see Phillip Schofield talking to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the 60th Anniversary year of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

As The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award enters a symbolic year, Phillip will explore the work of the Charity through exclusive access to many major celebratory events, as well as speaking to members of the Royal Family, including The Duke of Edinburgh and The Earl and Countess of Wessex about their involvement.

As well as his attendance at a special Gold Award Presentation in the garden at Buckingham Palace, Phillip will look back at the early days of the DofE and gain a close perspective on The Duke of Edinburgh’s work and the dedicated effort the Charity makes in supporting the development of young people all over the world.

Schofield will meet with The Duke of Edinburgh as he reflects on the achievement award he set up in 1956 and talks about its positive impact on the young people who take part, and he will also speak with The Earl and Countess of Wessex about the global reach of the DofE as well as their own roles in the continuing success of the Charity.

Additionally, to mark its 60th year, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has created a one-time-only Diamond Challenge and thrown its doors wide open to applicants of all ages, whether newcomers or former participants, encouraging them – Phillip Schofield included – to carry out their own personal ‘challenge’ so that they can raise money for the DofE Charity and receive a special Diamond Anniversary Challenge Pin.

60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will be a unique celebration of the six decades’ worth of work of the DofE, designed to encourage personal discovery and self-reliance. Millions of young people spanning 141 countries and territories have done their DofE since 1956; in the UK alone, over 2.5 million Awards have been achieved by young people.

Phillip Schofield said: “I am hugely excited to be working with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as it celebrates its 60th anniversary. It’s a unique opportunity to meet Prince Philip, the Charity’s founder, and to see first-hand the amazing work that the DofE does with young people all over the world.”

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said: “This is a momentous year for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity as we celebrate our Diamond Anniversary; 60 years of transforming the life and work prospects of millions of young people, from all backgrounds and circumstances, in the UK and worldwide.

“The documentary is a fantastic opportunity for us to reflect on these past successes but also to showcase the positive impact of the DofE on today’s generation and the potential for generations to come, helping young people to be happy, healthy, socially conscious and more employable.

“We’re excited to be able to capture such a pivotal year, give a unique insight into the DofE in 2016 and thank our Founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, for setting up what has become the world’s leading achievement award for young people.”

The documentary will be produced by Spun Gold TV, producers of popular ITV programmes including When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince’s Trust, Love Your Garden and Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope.

Executive Producer at Spun Gold TV is Fintan Maguire.

Filming has begun and the production team are working closely with Buckingham Palace and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to bring the story of the DofE to life.

The documentary is commissioned for ITV by Priya Singh, Commissioning Editor, Factual, and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.

Sue said: “We’re very proud of our programmes about the Royal Family here at ITV and I’m delighted that The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has agreed to make this landmark documentary with Phillip Schofield.”

Dani Neumann, Creative Director at Spun Gold TV, added: “We are very proud to be making this documentary celebrating a wonderful achievement award that has helped shape and enhance the lives of many young people across the globe. Phillip Schofield has the warmth, energy and insight to bring this film to life.”

The documentary will be broadcast on ITV later in the year.

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