February 20, 2006 12:00 PM

PBS (Feb. 15, 8 p.m. ET)


How slowly the royal year seems to pass at Windsor. Airing in three hour installments, this prettily filmed documentary dawdles about the gilded halls of the queen’s home and pokes around in every corner: the kitchen (where the clocks are always set five minutes fast), the stables, the deer park. We meet the bell ringers who chime even when the royal family is back at Buckingham. The third hour is best: A staff debate, politely muted but pointed, breaks out over the redesign of the gift shop of the castle’s cloister. A proposed logo of St. George is dropped; the face is too effeminate. This has the silly urgency of a classic British comedy of manners.

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