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C4, PBS to premiere Diana doc featuring rare video footage

British pubcaster Channel 4 has announced a new doc featuring candid footage of Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana: In Her Own Words will air shortly before the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. The ...
July 24, 2017

British pubcaster Channel 4 has announced a new doc featuring candid footage of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Diana: In Her Own Words will air shortly before the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. The 1 x 110-minute film has drawn on a unique historical archive — video tapes recorded by Diana’s speech coach, Peter Settelen.

Settelen was hired to help Diana prepare for public presentations and reinvent her public persona.

The footage Settelen captured at Diana’s private residence in Kensington Palace in 1992 and 1993 is the only known unmediated video with Diana ever recorded. It shows Diana rehearsing her speaking voice and also reflecting at length on her own biography and offering revealing insight into her upbringing, her courtship with the Prince of Wales, her marriage and her public life.

Some of his footage is being broadcast for the first time ever, and none of it has been seen on British television before.

Channel 4′s deputy chief creative officer and head of factual, Ralph Lee, commissioned Kaboom Film & TV to produce Diana: In Her Own Words with director Kevin Sim and executive producer Charles Furneaux at the helm.

The doc is produced in association with U.S. pubcaster PBS. PBS will air a film that will include similar material in late August, overseen by VP of programming and development Bill Gardner.

“The tapes, which show a relaxed and off-duty Diana, are hugely illuminating about her personality, humor and charm,” said Lee, in a statement. “Combined with historical context and interviews with her closest confidants, this film provides a nuanced, multi-layered portrait of the most famous woman in the world and a mother who has shaped the future line of the royal family.”

The film will air on Channel 4 in early August.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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