Documentary specials on Diana

A scene from the Princess Diana funeral.

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BY BILLY SUTER

TWO documentaries, new and exclusive to South Africa, will be shown soon on DStv’s ITV Choice (channel 123) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

The first of these, Diana and the Paparazzi, will be shown at 8pm on Thursday, August 31.  The second special – to be aired at 8pm on Friday, September 1 – is Diana: The Day The World Cried, and will be shown on the channel within 24 hours of its UK premiere.

Princess Diana.

Twenty five years ago, Princess Diana was the most sought-after and photographed woman on Earth, as the world’s newspapers and magazines paid fortunes to get hold of circulation-boosting pictures of her.

Diana and the Paparazzi explores the princess’s love-hate relationship with the people who courted and hunted her. Twenty years on from her tragic death in a Paris car crash, those closest to Diana reveal how she enjoyed using the press for her own ends and to make sure that her pictures told a story and cemented her brand as “The People’s Princess”.

They include her brother, her personal bodyguard, her press spokesman, her favourite journalist and the photographers and paparazzi who put her on the front pages.

Many stories about Diana are told exclusively and for the first time, including the truth behind some of the most iconic images of her.

Diana: The Day The World Cried, narrated by Kate Winslet, is the story of that day – her funeral – as told by people who were there, from some of the famous faces at Westminster Abbey to those behind the scenes.

Among them are the funeral’s chief architect, Sir Malcolm Ross, who had just six days to plan the whole event; chief pallbearer Captain Richard Williams, who had the weight on the nation on his and his men’s shoulders; and the former Royal Protection Officer who looked after Diana and the two princes and travelled in the hearse with Diana’s coffin. Many of the interviewees will be talking exclusively for the first time.


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