BBC Two has given the green-light to Diana And I, a one-off drama that will explore the impact of Princess Diana’s death in Paris in 1997. The commission comes mere weeks after the channel aired royal drama King Charles III, which portrayed a ficitionalised version of Prince Charles as he becomes King.
Diana An I tells the story from the point of view of four ordinary people and is set across the week that followed her tragic death on 31 August 1997. The four lead characters’ fictional stories are traced in parallel but are at times interlinked. Each will lift the lid on one extraordinary week in time, covering the tumultuous events that followed from that fateful Sunday to Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
BBC Two has already lined up a strong cast for Diana And I. Tamsin Greig (Episodes) and Nico Mirallegro (Rillington Place) will star alongside Kiran Sonia Sawar (Legends), Laurie Davidson (Will), Gemma Jones (Spooks), Neil Morrissey (Line Of Duty), Tuppence Middleton (Sense8), Charlotte Hope (Game Of Thrones), Asif Khan (Man Down), Kingsley Ben-Adir (Vera), John Gordon Sinclair (Agatha Christie’s Marple) and Roshan Seth (Indian Summers).
The Last King Of Scotland scribe Jeremy Brock is penning the script for the one-off drama, which is set up at independent production company Big Light Productions. Karen Lewis is the producers, while Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, Luke Alkin and Simon Curtis, Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Jeremy Brock will executive produce. Peter Cattaneo is attached to direct. International Rights are being represented by Chris Rice and Lorenzo De Maio at WME.
“Jeremy has written a deeply emotional and evocative script which examines the impact of the Princess of Wales’ tragic death on four individuals and on us all”, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger said in a statement. “Peter Cattaneo and the brilliant team at Big Talk have assembled a wonderful cast and I cannot wait to see Jeremy’s vision brought to life on BBC Two.”