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Diana: The Day Britain Cried

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    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 29 Aug 2017
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    8.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 35 2017 : Sat 26 Aug - Fri 01 Sep
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“In its intensity, in its emotion, in everything that it meant, in everything that it symbolized, in the way it captured the nation - I’m not sure anything else would ever surpass that.” - Sir Trevor McDonald
This new documentary focuses on a defining moment in the British consciousness - the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales - and tells the story of the day through the memories of those who played a part in it, many of whom are speaking for the first time.
Marking 20 years since the funeral on September 6, 1997, the documentary provides a minute-by-minute account of what went into a day when a million people lined the streets of London, while more than 30 million watched on British television and 2.5 billion around the world.
Narrated  by  Kate  Winslet,  this  film  tells  the  story  of  that  day from   the   chime   of   the   tenor   bell   marking   Diana’s   departure   from Kensington Palace on a lonely gun carriage to the remarkable journey of the  hearse along a deserted motorway to her final resting place at her family home of Althorp.  
Those  interviewed include Sir Malcolm Ross, the  senior Buckingham Palace courtier who was responsible for the planning  and execution of the funeral in just five days; Captain Richard Williams, the chief pallbearer; Martin Neary, the musical director of Westminster Abbey; Graham Craker, Prince William and Prince Harry’s former Royal Protection Officer; Lisa  Webb, who arranged the  floral tributes from the two young princes for their mother’s coffin; as well as reporters, police and some of the people who joined the crowds. 
Their  extraordinary  testimonies  are  illustrated  with  archive  footage  from  the  time, some of which has never been seen before.
The writer and director of the programme is multi-award-winning  filmmaker  Leslie  Woodhead, whose previous productions with Finestripe for ITV include the Bafta-nominated The Day Kennedy Died and The Day They Dropped the Bomb.