The ABC project was not sanctioned by Bernd Elias, Anne Frank's cousin and chairman of the Anne Frank Fonds (which owns copyright of Anne's Dairy), as a result, the film cannot directly quote "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl".
Steven Spielberg was to be the executive producer, but declined after receiving a letter from Anne Frank's relatives asking him not be involved with the project because it was not based on the authorized account of Franks' life.
All four female leads, Anne (Hannah Taylor Gordon), her sister Margot (Jessica Manley), her mother (Tatjana Blacher) and Auguste Van Pels (Brenda Blethyn) all agreed to lose their hair for the scenes in the concentration camp. It was a requirement of being cast in the role that Hannah and Jessica have their actual hair cut off on camera. It was an act of solidarity with the young girls that Tatjana and Brenda decided to do the same. They came up with the idea the day before the scene was to be filmed. The still photographer did a set of before and after pictures as mementos for the women.
Just before the final episode's closing credits, the mini-series states that the book "'The Diary of Anne Frank' has sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into more than 60 languages. After the Bible, it is the most widely read non-fiction book in the world."
This mini-series' final episode's closing epilogue states: "One and a half million children were murdered in the genocide the Nazis called "The Final Solution". Anne Frank's story is only one of them."
This mini-series' opening prologue states: "The following dramatization is based on Melissa Müller's biography of Anne Frank and original research and interviews by Kirk Ellis. Some of the scenes in the film can also be found in "Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl", but the film does not use the words used in the Diary to express her feelings. The following film contains realistic depictions of concentration camp life, including brief nudity. Viewer discretion is advised."
Due to the limited amount of time to use the set, two cameras were used to shoot the beach scene. There was no time limit on the use of the set. The beach was built on a stage with a blue screen for the ocean and sky background. The scene was only a page and 1/2 long. Only one camera was used.