Diana: Her Story sets the story of Diana’s life against the backdrop of a Britain in turmoil, a country that in the early 1980s was more divided than it had been for decades. The country needed a fairy tale, and at first, the marriage of Diana and Charles seemed to outsiders as though it might live up to those expectations.

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But by 1992, the marriage between Charles and Diana was in trouble. Feeling like she needed to carve her own path, Diana spent several months with speech coach Peter Settelen, learning how to give speeches, polishing her speaking style, figuring out what her story would be, and determining how she wanted to present herself. These sessions with Settelen were central to Diana’s transformation from the shy young bride who stepped onto the world stage in 1981 to arguably the most famous woman in the world at the time of her death in 1997. These sessions were filmed with an amateur video camera, and what they capture is the only known, unmediated footage of Diana. Through this lens, we see her as perhaps only those closest to her did: lively, mischievous, humorous and charming.

Interviewees include only those who knew Diana personally: Anne Allan, who worked with Diana as her dance teacher for nearly a decade; Dr. James Colthurst, who knew Diana before she married Charles, and maintained their friendship up until her death; Ken Wharfe who spent years as her personal bodyguard; and Patrick Jephson who for almost a decade looked after her official business and witnessed firsthand the strife between Diana and Charles.

Diana: Her Story reveals the arc of Diana’s life. Her ambitions and fears — for herself and her children — are all explored. A portrait of the private Diana emerges to complement the public one we already know. The life-journey of a strong, and sometimes flawed, young woman who was widely revered by many. A mother determined to do everything in her power to protect her children. This account of Diana’s life, with all her successes and weaknesses, marries the public person we think we all know with the private person we have rarely seen.

Credits (Click to expand)

Narrator

RICHARD LINTERN

Voice of Diana

HEATHER LONG

Director of Photography

RICHARD RANKEN

Sound Recordists

EWAN DRYBURGH

RICHARD GOTT

LAURENT BEN NAHIM

Gaffers

NEIL BLACKMAN

JAMES FOREMAN

Composer

SAMUAL SIM

Online Editor

LUKE CARTER

Colourist

VICKI MATICH

Dubbing Mixer

MATT SKILTON

With Thanks To

DEAN RUSHTON

JENNA LEE PRODUCTIONS

LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL

RACHEL VICTORIA HERNON

TFL

THE ROYAL PARKS

VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET

VIRGIN TRAINS

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

CITY OF WESTMINSTER

Archive

AIRTIME TV

AP/BRITISH MOVIETONE

BRITISH PATHE

BBC MOTION GALLERY / GETTY IMAGES

CAMERAPRESS

DIMBLEBY-MARTIN PRODUCTIONS

GETTY IMAGES

INA

ITN SOURCE / ITV STUDIOS

NEWS UK LTD

PARLIAMENTARY RECORDING UNIT

PRESS ASSOCIATION

REX FEATURES

SKYWORKS

SHUTTERSTOCK

TOP FOTO

TRINITY MIRROR

UNILEVER

Researchers

JOSHUA GASKELL

DANNIEL REY

Associate Producer

JAMES MCINTYRE

Archive Producer

EMMA HAW

Story Producer

MARCELLA GASCHE

Line Producer

CHERRY DORRETT

Editor

GREGOR LYON

Producer

CHARLES FURNEAUX

Written and Directed by

KEVIN SIM

 

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Channel 4 in association with PBS

 

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