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BBC Drama To Explore The Impact Of Princess Diana’s Death On The Nation

'Diana’s death wasn’t just a tragedy for her family; the nation responded with a collective grief which is still remarkable 20 years on...'

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic passing and in celebration of her life, plans are in place for a year-long tribute.

And according to The Guardian, the BBC is set to broadcast a one-off drama which focuses on the impact her death had on the nation.

Titled, Diana and I, the special production will focus on the week in August 1997 when the ‘people’s princess’ sadly lost her life in a car crash.

The BBC2 drama will follow the lives of four people – a mum, son, wife and boyfriend - who had no personal connection to the late princess but were strongly affected by her passing. The cast will feature Tamsin Greig, Tuppence Middleton and Neil Morrissey.

Writer, Jeremy Brock, told The Guardian: “I wanted to explore the lives of four ordinary people and how they internalised their memories of Diana in the aftermath of her death. The week following her fatal car crash was a week like no other before. It catapulted many of us into emotional states we rarely visit, leaving us open to new insights and new experiences.”

Though he makes it clear that the film is not ‘written in memoriam’ as he continued: “Diana and I is categorically not a film written in memoriam. It’s a celebration of what it’s like to be human - good and bad - in the unexpurgated and improvisatory shock of real life.”

Patrick Holland, controller of BBC2, also told the newspaper: “Diana’s death wasn’t just a tragedy for her family; the nation responded with a collective grief which is still remarkable 20 years on.”

This is of course not the first exploration of the Monarchy, as King Charles III was recently broadcast by the BBC despite controversy.

The upcoming drama is currently in production. The broadcast date has yet to be confirmed.

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