PBS’ Windsor Castle: A Royal Year, MTV’s Fat Camp documentaries debut tonight

Two new documentaries debut tonight. First, on public television, PBS debuts Windsor Castle: A Royal Year, a three-part, three-hour documentary that airs over the next three weeks. As always with PBS, check your local listings, but it probably airs at 8 p.m. ET.

Filmmakers had exclusive access to produce the film, which follows “a year in the life of the world’s largest inhabited castle, with Prince Philip as our frequent guide. This unprecedented access gives viewers an upstairs/downstairs look at the castle from the point of view of not only the Royal family, but also of the devoted staff who live and work within the Castle’s 900 rooms.” Among other things, the documentary will include a party attended by David Hasselhoff and “one of Prince Harry’s polo matches,” TV Guide reports. The magazine notes that the documentary was “a big hit on the BBC” last year.

At 9 p.m. ET, MTV airs a two-hour documentary titled Fat Camp. For the show, “MTV News & Docs followed five teens to fat camp for a day-by-day look at their struggle to turn their lives around and found that for these overweight campers — finding love, rebelling against authority, or just trying to fit in can be all-consuming obsessions.” The New York Post calls it “fantastic,” but The Boston Herald says it ” rarely moves beyond the superficial dating scene.”

Windsor Castle: A Royal Year [PBS]
Fat Camp [MTV]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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