American public broadcaster PBS will present the television broadcast premiere of Hannah Berryman’s two-part documentary on Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s rebellious younger sister, this coming February.
Margaret: The Rebel Princess delves into the princess’ often turbulent life. Her position as the Queen’s younger sister in a rapidly changing Britain offered her the opportunity to experiment and push boundaries but she faced judgement by the public and press who were beginning to question the very idea of the monarchy. Margaret’s story parallels her era when social norms were being questioned and a more egalitarian society was emerging.
Margaret (pictured) blazed her own path as a rule-breaking trendsetter and an eager participant in the swinging 1960s London. Although her loves were passionate and sometimes complicated, her relationship with her sister was, perhaps, the most important.
The new special features footage and interviews with those closest to Margaret, offering insight into her life, including Lady Anne Glenconner, Lady Jane Rayne and Jane Stevens; biographers Christopher Warwick, Craig Brown and Anne de Courcy; journalists Clive Irving of the Daily Express and Doris Bacon of AP, among others. They reveal Margaret as a modern princess who paved the way for the younger generations of royals, including Diana, Kate and Meghan.
The biography is directed by Berryman and executive produced by Chris Granlund.
The BBC version of the special, titled Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal, bowed earlier this year on the pubcaster.
The Rebel Princess is part of PBS’s lineup of royal programming featuring stories of the British monarchy. In addition to The Rebel Princess, the broadcaster will launch the two-part series Victoria & Albert: The Wedding, featuring historian Lucy Worsley as she oversees an authentic re-imagining of the royal couple’s wedding, on Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Margaret: The Rebel Princess, meanwhile, will premiere on PBS on Feb. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.