Rogan Productions, the London-based prodco behind recent acclaimed projects such as Stabbed: Britain’s Knife Crime Crisis and the BAFTA-nominated Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation, is behind a doc airing on the UK’s Channel 5 exploring one of the most explosive TV interviews in the history of the monarchy.
The 90-minute feature, Diana: The Interview That Shocked The World, revisits November 20, 1995, when BBC ‘Panorama’ broadcast a huge scoop – an interview with then Princess Diana in which she candidly opened up to host Martin Bashir about her marriage to Prince Charles and her life as a member of the royal family.
A remarkable 22.8 million people in Britain (as well as a huge worldwide audience) tuned in to watch as the Princess broke every rule of royal protocol. It was one of the most memorable moments in television history – a program which split the higher ranks of the BBC and threatened to bring down the monarchy.
The doc will detail the interview’s origins and impact. It offers new revelations from the original players and will also — for the first time, according to the network — uncover sections of the interview that the ‘Panorama’ team decided to edit from the final cut.
Diana: The Interview That Shocked The World premieres across Channel 5 on Oct. 11 at 9 p.m.
Mark Hedgecoe, Executive Producer, Rogan Productions commented: “It’s been utterly fascinating to investigate the real story behind the interview: the Princess’s motivations and machinations behind it and the skulduggery it involved, as well as the extraordinary impact it had on the country.”