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Channel 4, Blink Films to produce “Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview”

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned London factual producer Blink Films, a Tin Roof Media company, to produce a one-off special that will provide insight into the late Princess Diana’s candid ...
October 7, 2020

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned London factual producer Blink Films, a Tin Roof Media company, to produce a one-off special that will provide insight into the late Princess Diana’s candid BBC ‘Panorama’ interview.

Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview will revisit the revealing interview on Nov. 20, 1995 in which Diana, Princess of Wales, opened up to BBC ‘Panorama’ host Martin Bashir, then a relatively unknown journalist, about the intimate details of her private life, her marriage to Prince Charles and her husband’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

The documentary special will feature interviews with key insiders at the BBC and those who knew and worked closely with Diana, and combines archive documents to reveal the full story behind the explosive interview 25 years later. Interviewees include Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson; biographer Andrew Morton; and former Daily Telegraph editor Max Hastings.

“This is one of the world’s most famous television interviews – viewers watched enthralled and shocked as Princess Diana revealed the stories of her broken marriage,” said Channel 4′s Shaminder Nahal, commissioning editor of specialist factual, in a statement. “But how did Martin Bashir and the BBC production team get her to do it? Years of deep digging into what really happened has led to Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview from Blink Films – and it’s a genuinely intriguing and fascinating watch, raising serious questions that have been unanswered for years.”

“Diana’s ‘Panorama’ interview stunned the world and rocked the Monarchy with its revelations about her relationship with her husband and the Royal family,” Blink Films creative director Dan Chambers added. “But it also raised questions and allegations about just how a junior journalist scooped his high-profile competitors which have largely unanswered for 25 years. We are now able to tell the full, extraordinary story.”

Blink’s Chambers and Tom Adams executive produce the special, which is directed by Andy Webb. Channel 4′s Fatima Salaria commissioned the film, which is being overseen by Nahal.

Fremantle will handle international distribution of the project.

Earlier this month, Channel 5 also announced it would be revisiting the interview via its feature-length special, Diana: The Interview that Shocked the World, which airs on October 11.

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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