British royalty continues to be the subject of television. BBC Two is developing DIANA & I, a feature-length TV drama about the death of Princess Diana. BAFTA-winning writer Jeremy Brock and Oscar-nominated director Peter Cattaneo are at the helm of this production.
The story will focus on four ordinary people during the week following her death in 1997 as their lives intersect. Its synopsis is similar to Emilio Estevez’s 2006 drama Bobby, which followed a variety of citizens the day of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination in 1968.
Tamsin Greig, Nico Mirallegro, Kiran Sonia Sawar, and Laurie Davidson will star in the drama. Gemma Jones, Neil Morrissey, Tuppence Middleton, Charlotte Hope, Asif Khan, Kingsley Ben-Adir, John Gordon Sinclair, and Roshan Seth are set to fill out the rest of the cast.
About the concept for the project, Brock commented: “I wanted to explore the lives of four ordinary people and how they internalized 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.”
This is the latest in a string of media projects about the British royal family, which has long been the subject of fascination in the world of movies and television, from Queen Elizabeth I to King Henry VIII to Queen Victoria and more. Most recently, Netflix debuted the first season of The Crown, which received critical acclaim and has been renewed for a second season. It’s expected to last six seasons and will introduce Diana at the end of Season 3, according to creator and writer Peter Morgan.
Ryan Murphy, furthermore, has announced that Season 2 of Feud will focus on Diana and Charles.
Diana & I will be produced by Big Talk Productions, the banner behind films like Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy. Karen Lewis will produce and Brock will executive produce alongside Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, and Luke Alkin. Simon Curtis for Big Talk and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC will also produce.
Previously, Brock co-won the BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay with Peter Morgan for The Last King of Scotland. Most recently he penned the screenplay for A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet and the late Alan Rickman. He’s repped by WME.
Cattaneo was nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA in 1998 for Best Director for The Full Monty. The last film he directed was 2008’s The Rocker. He’s repped by Independent Talent Group in the U.K., UTA and 42.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor