Diana and I to tell tale of the week in 1997 after her death, focusing on how it changed ordinary people

The BBC is to broadcast a one-off drama exploring the impact of the deaths among Princess Diana on the lives of ordinary people.

Diana and I will concentrate on the week in August 1997 after she died in a auto clang in Paris.

Written by Jeremy Brock, whose work includes the Oscar-winning film The Last-place King of Scotland, the BBC2 drama will follow the lives of four people who had no personal connection to the princess hitherto were touched in some way by her extinction and broom up in the public outburst of emotion.

Diana and I is the second BBC drama touching on the impact of the royal family on the British world. The firm recently broadcast King Charles III, an adaptation of Mike Bartletts play exploring a fictional future in which the Prince of Wales ascends to the throne and drops-off the country into a reporting period civil unrest. Peculiarity a momentary figure by Dianas ghost, the drama was met by many as daring board for the BBC, which is perceived as usually likable towards the royal family.

Unlike Bartletts drama, Diana and I will not see any actors playing Diana or any members of the royal family, and Brock was insistent that while this year distinguishes the 20 th anniversary of Dianas death, his drama was categorically not a cinema inserted in memoriam.

Flowers laid by members of the public outside Kensington Palace after Dianas death. Photo: by Fiona Hanson/ PA

The drama, which appear in product with no prepare programme date, will be based around the stories of the four people a baby, a son, a partner and a lover whose lives are unconnected but momentarily cross over in the week following Dianas funeral at Westminster Abbey. The direct will be incorporated in Green Wings Tamsin Greig, Tuppence Middleton, who recently starred in the BBCs War and Peace, and Neil Morrissey. It will be directed by Peter Cattaneo, whose ascribes include Rev and The Full Monty.

Brock said he was compelledby the impact that extraordinary week had on all of us who remember it, whether royalist or not.

I wanted to explore the lives of four ordinary people and how they internalised their reminiscences of Diana in the aftermath of her death. The week following her fatal car disintegrate was a week like no other before. It propelled many of us into emotional states we rarely inspect, leaving us is accessible to brand-new insights and new ordeals.

Diana and I is categorically not a film written in memoriam. Its a occasion of what its like to be human both good and bad in the unexpurgated and improvisatory startle of real life.

Despite two decades transferring since her death, Diana persists present in the British consciousness. Prince Harry recently opened up the for the first time about the effects her fatality had on him, aged 12 when she died, and having to deal with his suffering in the public eye.

Patrick Holland, controller of BBC2, said: Dianas death wasnt precisely a tragedy for their own families; the nation responded with a collective sorrow which continues to be remarkable 20 years on. Jeremy Brocks emotionally layered drama involves with the lives of ordinary people whose stories play out against this extraordinary outburst of communal loss.

The drama has been commissioned by the BBCs brand-new head of drama, Piers Wenger, who moved from his enterprise as head of drama at Channel 4 to replace Polly Hill. Other new dramata commissioned by Wenger include modifications of The War of the Worlds by HG Wells and the Rumer Godden romance Black Narcissus, an examination of the scandal that wreaked down Radical leader Jeremy Thorpe, and Giri/ Haji, a thriller about a Tokyo detective who roams to London.

On Diana and I, Wenger said he cannot wait to see Jeremys vision brought to life on BBC2.

He included: Jeremy has written a deep emotional and impressionistic dialogue which examines the impact of the Princess of Wales shocking demise on four private individuals and on us all.

The BBC is not the only broadcaster currently dramatising the life and bequest of Diana. Ryan Murphys series Feud, on US TV network FX, will for its second season portray Charles and Dianas divorce, while Netflixs The Crown plans to chart the history of the royal family during the course of six seasons, with season four and five focusing on Diana.


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