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Cable TV plans flood of royal wedding shows

Seen here are the official engagement photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Mario Testino)

February 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Hours of programming related to the upcoming royal wedding will flood the TV airwaves before Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day.

In the works are such programs like a Lifetime movie, a show that brings wedding fanatics from the U.S. over to London and a TLC special on hoarders of royal memorabilia.

These shows are on top of the anticipated exhaustive coverage of the April 29 wedding itself by news programs.

BBC America has already aired two specials, "William & Kate: Modern Monarchy" and "Modern Monarchy: Here and There," and will air them again.

The network is also working to acquire up to six other specials shows, including ones on Princess Diana, another on her two sons and one on royal lineage.

BBC America will also be pushing "Royally Mad," a two-part series hosted by Cat Deeley from "So You Think You Can Dance." The show, which premieres April 12, finds four royal wedding fanatics who have never been out of the U.S. and takes them to London to visit people and places that play a part in the wedding story.

Lifetime, known for its signature romantic movies, has commissioned "William & Kate." The movie chronicles their courtship, from the moment they met and when a friendship turned into romance, with the unique difficulties that go into dating a member of the royal family. Nico Evers-Swindell and Camilla Luddington portray the couple in the movie, which doesn't have an air date yet but will be seen in April.

The tiny Wedding Central network, an offshoot of WE that is seen in only 3.5 million homes, has ordered a documentary it boldly calls "William & Kate: The Wedding of the Century." The special, the first piece of original programming the network has made, will talk to designers, cake makers, wedding planners and experts to hear their vision of the day.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.