Excerpts from Princess Diana’s Panorama Interview to Be Included in Upcoming Documentary

Only a week after BBC director-general Tim Davie pledged to never again broadcast or license its controversial 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, Deadline reports that clips from the program will be featured in an upcoming documentary.

Excerpts of the interview—where a vulnerable Diana opened up to now-disgraced reporter Martin Bashir about her eating disorders, troubles in her marriage, and other woes—will be included in Ed Perkins’ The Princess, airing on Sky and Now TV August 14. The documentary, which aims to re-tell the late Princess’s life and tragic death through archive footage, has already had a brief run in UK cinemas.


This comes following the BBC’s independent investigation into the interview, which uncovered the predatory practices that Bashir used in obtaining Diana’s consent to be interviewed, including faking statements to make it appear that her staff were selling stories on her. The official report found Bashir to be in “serious breach” of BBC producer guidelines and falling short of “high standards of integrity and transparency.”

Despite Davie’s statement and Diana’s son Prince William dismissing the interview as “holding no legitimacy” and “establishing a false narrative,” a spokesman for Sky was adamant that the footage will remain in The Princess.

“The interview will remain in the documentary,” the spokesman told The Times newspaper. “As the film aims to tell Diana’s story through archive material as it occurred, it is not influenced by the context of what we know now, about this, or any other event.”

“Part of the Historical Record” Davie’s Statement on Infamous Panorama Interview

In light of the investigation’s findings, BBC chief Tim Davie denounced the interview and urged others to do the same.

“Now we know about the shocking way that the interview was obtained, I have decided that the BBC will never show the program again; nor will we license it in whole or part to other broadcasters,” he said, while also acknowledging the clips may need to contextually resurface.

“It does of course remain part of the historical record and there may be occasions in the future when it will be justified for the BBC to use short extracts for journalistic purposes, but these will be few and far between and will need to be agreed at executive committee level and set in the full context of what we now know about the way the interview was obtained. I would urge others to exercise similar restraint.”