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I am neither a monarchist nor a republican. Mostly I don't even think about the royals, let alone have any particular interest in them. Yet after watching this excellent documentary almost by mistake (I put it on randomly while I was eating), I found myself hooked.
As documentaries go, it was one of the best I've seen - on any subject. Artfully edited, with unusually insightful, relevant, and intelligent contributions from the various talking heads (apart from Wayne Sleep who was a bit cringe-inducing), and impressively researched archive and photographic material that told the story of Diana's life more cohesively and coherently than I've ever seen done before.
Excellent narrative storytelling that sucked me in, and transported me back to those days in a way that few other documentaries have achieved. I went into it thinking I pretty much knew the entire story, having lived through it at the time, but by the end I felt newly enlightened and amazed at how much I'd not been aware of, either at the time or in the years since.
After watching this, I was suddenly keen to watch more documentaries about Diana and the other royals, and it says a lot that after three hours it left me wanting more. (The other documentaries that I watched were not nearly as good). Overall, I'm inclined to give this one top marks. I only docked it a star because of Wayne Sleep's contributions.
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