ITV to mark Diana 60th
Broadcast, Max Goldbart, 8 June 2021
72 Films and Spun Gold secure orders
ITV is to mark what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday with shows from 72 Films and Spun Gold, Broadcast can reveal.
72’s Diana, a 90-minute feature film, is described as the “definitive story of the most famous woman in the world” and is the indie’s debut ITV order.
Directed by Bafta-nominated Jemma Chisnall and told in the present tense, the film draws on never-before-heard testimony to immersive viewers in the most iconic moments of Diana’s life.
It will help viewers to understand someone who was by the same turn a global superstar, tabloid obsession, wife and mother, and humanitarian icon.
Meanwhile, Spun Gold is behind three-parter Diana’s Decades, which will demonstrate how the princess channelled as well as influenced the zeitgeist at the end of the 20th century.
The series tracks down people who met Diana or whose lives intersected with hers from her early royal life as a shy bride, through to her high-profile work for HIV charities, before she subsequently became the People’s Princess in the changing face of Britain under New Labour.
ITV factual controller Jo Clinton-Davis ordered both docs, which have emerged two weeks after the Dyson Report into the 1995 Martin Bashir interview put Diana back on the front pages.
“It is a difficult undertaking to shed new light on the most emotional, dramatic and pivotal elements of the life of Diana when that light still burns brightly,” said Clinton-Davis.
“But by delving deep into her relationships with friends, colleagues and staff, our aim is to provide a vivid portrayal of the woman who became known as the Queen of Hearts.”
A host of Diana content played on the PSBs last year, with ITV stripped two-parter The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess consolidating to 3.7m (15.1%) in a Monday and Tuesday 9pm slot.