The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess – 10 November 2020 – 10/11/2020 – Tuesday – ITV

Episode 2

The second programme examines how and why the interview that stunned the nation and threw the monarchy into a constitutional crisis took place and those who were present describe what happened in the room when the interview was recorded.

This programme features new footage highlighting the serious rift at the very top of the Corporation over the interview as Marmaduke Hussey, who was then chairman of the BBC, in an archive interview which has never previously been broadcast, speaks about the fact he was not initially informed about the interview by director general John Birt.

The programme also examines the interview’s impact on the monarchy and on public life a quarter of a century on.

Then-BBC controller of editorial policy Richard Ayre recalls viewing the interview for the first time in an edit suite ahead of transmission, and says: “When it stopped, you could hear a pin drop. We were shocked, genuinely shocked. This was the woman who, even though they had been separated for years, was officially still destined to be our future queen, explaining why she could no longer live with the future king. We left them in silence and I said, ‘this film could bring down the Royal family, or the BBC, or both – and there’s absolutely no doubt that it’s got to be transmitted.'”

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About The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess

“As we were walking to the door, I was thinking, ‘I hope this works, I hope I pull this one off because it’s the most significant bit of filming that I’m ever going to do.’ Diana opened the door and Martin said ‘Hello Captain, these are the boys.’ And she said ‘Hello boys, do come in, call me Diana.'” – Tony Poole, BBC Panorama cameraman

This new two-part documentary for ITV tells the inside story of Princess Diana’s 1995 interview with Martin Bashir that shocked the nation, in the process threatening the future of the monarchy and of the BBC.

Marking 25 years since Britain tuned in to watch Diana, Princess of Wales pour her heart out on national television, these two programmes hear from those who witnessed her fairytale romance with Prince Charles descend into rancour and ultimately divorce.

Through previously unseen documents and testimony from eyewitnesses who have never spoken before, the programmes reveal how and why the extraordinary interview came about.

The Princess revealed a royal marriage in crisis, infidelities on both sides, and a degree of personal misery that had made her seriously ill. It was watershed television, affecting public perceptions of the monarchy and prompting a constitutional crisis, but what had led to this extraordinary moment?

This show is broadcast on ITV.

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