Lifetime Television Marks Tenth Anniversary of Princess Diana's Death with Special Three Night Programming Event Saturday, August 25, Sunday, August 26, and Monday, August 27
Original Groundbreaking 1995 BBC Interview with Acclaimed Journalist Martin
Bashir and Princess Diana Explored Her Marriage, Parenthood, Adultery and
Historic Conversation to be Followed by Lifetime Original Movie 'The Murder
Of Princess Diana,' Fictionalized Account of Her Death
NEW YORK, Aug. 15 -- Ten years after her death, Princess
Diana remains an iconic figure to millions worldwide, the subject of more
than 180 books into the transcendent achievements of her life and the
circumstances of her death. Lifetime Television is marking the anniversary
of that tragic evening of August 31, 1997, with three nights of special
programming featuring a seminal moment in television journalism and a
Lifetime Original Movie Event, beginning with the candid and explosive 1995
BBC landmark interview conducted by award-winning journalist Martin Bashir,
airing Saturday, August 25 at 8PM (ET/PT), Sunday, August 26 at 5PM (ET/PT)
and Monday, August 27 at 11PM (ET/PT).
During the now historic hour-long discussion -- which was her
first-ever one-on-one sit down with the media about her personal life --
Princess Di shared some of her most intimate secrets, which ultimately
confirmed years of rumors and speculation, and sent shock waves throughout
the British monarchy, Great Britain and beyond its shores.
Following the poignant conversation will be the Lifetime Original Movie
"The Murder of Princess Diana," which airs August 25 at 9PM (ET/PT) and
August 26 at 6PM (ET/PT) as well as Monday, August 27 at 9PM (ET/PT).
Starring Jennifer Morrison ("House"), the movie is a fictionalized account
of the book by the same name by Noel Botham, which theorized that the car
crash that claimed the lives of the Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi
Fayed and their chauffeur Henri Paul, was a conspiracy.
In the revolutionary BBC interview, the "People's Princess" opened up
to Bashir about her personal and private life. She shed light on the
breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles and how the intense media
scrutiny made her personal life almost unbearable. Additionally, she
discussed her depression and eating disorder, her love affair with her
riding trainer James Hewitt, as well as the difficulties of raising her
children in a royal fishbowl.
During the interview, Princess Diana said:
-- About self-destructive behavior: "Yes, I did inflict upon myself. I
didn't like myself. I was ashamed because I couldn't cope with the
-- About her turbulent marriage: "My husband and I had to keep everything
together because we didn't want to disappoint the public, and yet
obviously there was a lot of anxiety going on within our four walls."
-- About being the Queen of England: "I'd like to be a queen of people's
hearts, but I don't see myself being Queen of this country. I don't
think many people will want me to be Queen. Actually, when I say many
people I mean the establishment that I married into, because they've
decided that I'm a non-starter."
LifetimeTV.com features two clips from the interview. In the first, the
late Princess of Wales discusses how she found peace coming to the aid of
those rejected by society, and in the second clip, Diana reflects on what
she expected entering into marriage with Prince Charles and how the media
attention weighed on her through the years. The site also features
additional broadband video including remembrances from women on Diana's
Martin Bashir was named co-anchor of ABC News' "Nightline" in October
2005 and is based in New York. The internationally acclaimed, award-winning
journalist joined ABC's newsmagazine "20/20" in September 2004, and
continues to report for the program. Mr. Bashir is best known for making
landmark documentaries, including "Living with Michael Jackson," and is
also known for his investigative reporting for ITV, British television's
most popular network.
The BBC Interview with Princess Diana and Martin Bashir was originally
part of the broadcaster's "Panorama" series. Mike Robinson was producer and
Steve Hewlett was editor. The interview was acquired from BBC Worldwide
"The Murder of Princess Diana" is produced by Universal TV Limited,
formerly WTTV Limited, the television arm of Working Title Films ("United
93," "Bridget Jones' Diary," "Pride and Prejudice") for Lifetime
Television. Simon Wright ("Tales of the City") is the executive producer
and Priscilla Parish ("The Robber Bride") serves as associate producer.
Julia Stannard ("Sharpe's Challenge") is producer and John Strickland ("Big
Love") is the director. Emma Reeves ("Doctors") and Reg Gadney ("Kennedy")
wrote the teleplay.
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