BBC2 has commissioned The Miss World Protests (w/t), which chronicles the infamous 1970 Miss World contest in London, from BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit.
The hour-long documentary, slated to air on the British pubcaster next month, tells the story of the pageant, which was disrupted by protesters that triggered the “feminist revolution in front of an audience of millions.” It was also a time of growing anti-apartheid protest, and the first-ever black South African contestant was sent to compete with the title of “Miss Africa South,” alongside the white “Miss South Africa.”
Directed by Hannah Berryman (Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal), the film offers a look at a moment of “game-changing anarchy.”
Told through archive, animation and contributions from the key players — including compère Michael Aspel, protesters and beauty queens – the documentary coincides with the theatrical release of Misbehaviour, a film dramatization of the story starring Keira Knightley.
“Miss World was once one of the biggest shows on television, in the UK and across the globe…. This film explores the phenomenon through one extraordinary night in the 1970s. It promises great insight, character and narrative, all told with Hannah Berryman’s customary wit and sense of mischief,” BBC2 controller Patrick Holland said in a statement.
The Miss World Protests (w/t) is produced by Richard Bright. It was commissioned by Holland and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries, history and religion. Abigail Priddle is the commissioning editor.