About C-SPAN Original Productions

In 2006, C-SPAN began producing original programs and documentaries shot in high definition video. With the debut of the groundbreaking production of The Capitol, the first ever documentary done on this American landmark, C-SPAN production teams have continued to delve into some of our country’s most famous and iconic buildings that help tell the story of our nation. Our productions of The White House and Blair House are the two most recent examples of our original productions. In 2009, we expect to air several other hd specials on landmark buildings of our democracy.

Led by Peabody award winning producer Mark Farkas, White House Week, and The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home are the result of an almost year-long effort to document the history, spaces, and workings of our country’s official residence of the president and the symbolic home of the people of the United States. Spending time in both the public and private parts of the White House, our production crews were able to see and record things that only those who live and work at the White House are privy to.


White House Week

See the White House as never before during White House Week, airing December 28 – January 3, only on C-SPAN.

A seven-day television event from C-SPAN and producer Mark Farkas, White House Week will provide unprecedented access to the private home of our First Families.

The seven nights of White House Week feature:

The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home

Sunday, December 28th

Kicking off the week on December 28 will be C-SPAN's 105-minute feature documentary: The White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home. Go beyond the velvet ropes to the private residence with an exclusive tour led by First Lady Laura Bush and see exclusive interviews with the First Family, White House staff, and renowned presidential historians.

Program times:
1:00-3:00pm & 6:00-8:00pm ET: The White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home

White House Tours by Presidents and First Ladies

Monday, December 29th

Take an exclusive look at the White House private residence in this new tour with First Lady Laura Bush. Also see "The President's House," a tour filmed in 1968 with Lady Bird Johnson never before aired on television. Also featured is the first ever televised tour of the White House with Harry Truman in 1952 and Jackie Kennedy’s 1962 White House tour.

Program segments:
1:00pm & 7:00pm ET: First Lady Laura Bush tour of White House private residence
1:30pm & 7:30pm ET: Jacqueline Kennedy 1962 White House tour
2:30pm & 8:30pm ET: Call-in program with historians Richard Norton Smith & William Seale (recorded at an earlier time)
3:30pm & 9:30pm ET: Lady Bird Johnson 1968 tour of White House private residence
4:00pm & 10:00pm ET: President Truman 1952 tour of White House

Behind the Scenes: The Working White House

Tuesday, December 30th

Take a tour of the Oval Office with White House Curator Bill Allman. See other areas of the White House at work including the chocolate shop, the White House kitchens, the calligrapher's office, the flower shop, and the White House theater. See interviews with current and former White House staff, including longtime White House chief usher Gary Walters and former White House military social aide Alan Merten.

Program segments:
1:00pm & 7:00pm ET: Oval Office tour with White House Curator William Allman
1:20pm & 7:20pm ET: White House Chief Usher Stephen Rochon
1:40pm & 7:40pm ET: Former White House Chief Usher Gary Walters
1:50pm & 7:50pm ET: The Chocolate Shop/Pastry Kitchen
2:05pm & 8:05pm ET: White House Kitchen
2:15pm & 8:15pm ET: Calligrapher's Office
2:25pm & 8:25pm ET: Flower Shop
2:35pm & 8:35pm ET: White House Theater
2:40pm & 8:40pm ET: Former White House Chief Usher Gary Walters
2:50pm & 8:50pm ET: Former White House Military Social Aide Alan Merten

The White House Gardens and Grounds

Wednesday, December 31st

A look at the beauty and history of the 18 acres inside the President’s Park, featuring White House grounds superintendent Dale Haney.

Program segments:
1:00pm & 7:00pm ET: Gardens and Grounds
1:25pm & 7:25pm ET: Interview with President Bush
1:45pm & 7:45 pm ET: First Lady Laura Bush tour of White House private residence

The Lincoln White House

Thursday, January 1st

An evening at Lincoln's White House – featuring an interview from the Lincoln Bedroom with Lincoln historian Harold Holzer and a look at Lincoln's summer White House at the Soldier's Home.

Program segments:
1:00pm & 7:00pm ET: Lincoln's Bedroom
1:45pm & 7:45 pm ET: Lincoln's Summer White House at Soldier's Home
2:15pm & 8:15pm ET: Call-in program with Historians Harold Holzer & Lonnie Bunch (recorded at an earlier time)

Encore Documentary Presentation followed by The Making of the Documentary

Friday, January 2nd

Following an encore presentation of The White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home about the unprecedented access to the White House that led to this feature documentary. Follow the C-SPAN crew as they film throughout America's most famous home.

Program segments:
1:00pm & 7:00 pm ET: The White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home
2:55 pm & 8:55 pm ET: Making of the Series

Interviews with President and Mrs. Bush

Saturday, January 3rd

The evening begins with interviews with presidential historians Lonnie Bunch, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Harold Holzer, Anthony Pitch, William Seale, and Richard Norton Smith. Then see encores of our interviews with President and Mrs. Bush.

Program segments:
1:00pm & 7:00pm ET: Historian stories on President Washington
1:10pm & 7:10pm ET: Historian stories on President Theodore Roosevelt
1:15pm & 7:15 pm ET: First Lady Laura Bush tour of White House private residence
1:45pm & 7:45pm ET: Historian stories on President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1:55pm & 7:55 pm ET: Historian stories on President Lyndon B. Johnson
2:00pm & 8:00 pm ET: Interview with President Bush

White House Week was produced with assistance from First Lady Laura Bush and the White House Historical Association. Recorded in high-definition video to capture the beauty of the White House, this week of programming will air on C-SPAN in standard definition and letterbox format.


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