Blink Films Commissioned for New Princess Diana Doc


Channel 4 has commissioned from Blink Films the fast-turnaround documentary special The Diana Interview: The Truth Behind the Scandal.

The doc will explore the fallout following the producer’s Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview, which led to the BBC setting up an independent inquiry into the methods used to obtain Princess Diana’s 1995 Panorama interview. Examining the scandal around the program and providing further revelations from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and royal insiders, the new program will feature Diana’s former Private Secretary Patrick Jephson, among others.

In addition to Jephson, who reveals the personal impact on him from the allegations made by Martin Bashir to Diana that he was being paid to spy on her by MI5, The Diana Interview: The Truth Behind the Scandal includes interviews with graphic artist Matt Wiessler, royal biographer Andrew Morton and veteran Panorama reporter Tom Mangold, who talks about the concerns he expressed at the time to the program’s editor and other senior BBC staff.

Dan Chambers, creative director of Blink Films, said: “The enormous interest and subsequent BBC reaction to Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview is a testament to the dogged research by our team. This new film, exploring the truth about the scandal, moves the story on further with new revelations, reflections and interviews with those directly affected at the time and by the fallout over the last month.”