On 31 August 1997 the sudden and tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, stunned her family and catapulted the British public into one of the most extraordinary weeks in modern history: one in which profound shock, grief and bewilderment manifested itself in an unprecedented reaction from the nation.
Now we hear – for several for the first time – from those who were genuinely in the eye of this most unexpected storm.
Featuring interviews with Diana’s sons, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry; her siblings, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer; former members of the Royal Household Lt Col Malcolm Ross, Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, and Anne Beckwith-Smith, Diana’s lady-in-waiting; and former Prime Minister Tony Blair and two government officials intimately involved that week, Alistair Campbell and Anji Hunter, this film will tell the story of the seven days that followed the Princess’ death and the remarkable life that preceded it.
What was it about Diana that explained such an outpouring of grief? What did that week reveal about the British public’s relationship with the monarchy, then and now? And how – if at all – has Britain changed in the aftermath?
The film is made by award-winning filmmaker Henry Singer (9/11: The Falling Man, Baby P: The Untold Story,The Betrayed Girls). The producer is Jenny Saunders; co-producer is Jessica Ludgrove; executive producers are Alison Kirkham and Peter Dale; production company, Sandpaper Films.
Diana, 7 Days airs Sunday 27 August 2017 from 7.30pm-9.05pm on BBC One.