U.K. broadcaster ITV has commissioned two Princess Diana-focused projects ahead of what would have been the deceased royal’s 60th birthday in July.
One is a feature-length film, “Diana,” from 72 Films, which aims “to tell the definitive story of the most famous woman in the world.” The second, “Diana’s Decades”, is a three-part series from Spun Gold, each episode examining a different stage of Diana’s life.
Directed by Jemma Chisnall (“Crime and Punishment”), “Diana” will be a 90-minute documentary film tracing her journey from teenage nursery assistant to princess. It will use footage, photos and letters interspersed with “never-heard-before testimony and rarely-seen archive footage”.
Executive producer for 72 Films, David Glover, said: “There is something a bit magical about Princess Diana – and despite the difficulties in her personal life she managed to use her connection with people to do huge amounts of good. Her 60th birthday feels like the perfect time to re-examine her life and legacy and explore just how she went from a relatively unknown teenager to the most mourned person who ever lived.”
“Diana’s Decades”, which will consist of three 60-minute episodes, will examine the princess against a backdrop of societal change at the end of the twentieth century, and how that was reflected in her life, from virginal bride to pop culture icon. It is filmed and directed by Nick Angel and produced by Jim Boyers. Teresa Watkins will executive produce.
Daniela Neumann, MD of Spun Gold TV, said: “Nearly 25 years on from her tragic death, Diana, Princess of Wales continues to lead our news bulletins and conversations not just in Britain but around the world. ‘Diana’s Decades’ takes a fresh approach to recounting her life and legacy by looking at how she was shaped by the changing world around her and as a result transformed not just the monarchy but also society more widely as her legacy.”
Both programs were commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, controller of factual entertainment.
Princess Diana has been in the thick of the news in recent weeks after an enquiry into her BBC “Panorama” interview with Martin Bashir opened a can of worms.