This approaching August will mark the 20th anniversary since Princess Diana’s death and ABC will be airing a two-night, four hour documentary about the People’s Princess to honour her.
“Princess Diana has appeared on the cover of People 57 times – more than anyone in the history of the People brand,” said People’s Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle. “Our audience has an insatiable appetite for news about the royal family; in fact, they are just as fascinated today as they were when Lady Diana was first introduced to the world back in 1981”.
“The People’s Princess” was born Diana Spencer in 1961. She came into public eye when she married Charles, Prince of Wales and the son of Queen Elizabeth, in 1981. The couple had two children, Prince William and Prince Harry, before they split up in 1996. Princess Diana died August 31, 1997 in a car crash, at only 36 years old. Her loss devastated many.
A collaborative effort between ABC and People magazine, the documentary will include interviews with those who knew her best, discussions with leading Diana experts, and archival footage of the beloved Princess of Wales. The documentary will lead up to her tragic death and follow through with her enduring legacy.
“Even 20 years after her untimely death, Princess Diana’s legacy continues to impact our world,” said Robert Mills, the senior vp of alternate series, specials and late night. “Our special will honor her memory and all the good that she did in her tragically brief life. Our partners at People are perfect to tell this story as they’ve extensively covered her life throughout the years”.
Emmy winner, Maura Mandt, will helm executive production of the project. Production and international distribution will be handled by Time Inc. Productions.
The yet to be titled Princess Diana documentary is another step into the world of long-form documentary programmes ABC has been venturing into this past year. ABC and ESPN previously dedicated five nights of programming to the O.J. Simpson murder trial with O.J.: Made in America, which had been nominated for an Oscar. In January, ABC also broadcast Truth And Lies: The Menedez Brothers.