‘Explosive’ new Diana doco to air in NZ

Recordings being described by British media as ‘explosive’ to air as part of new Diana doco.

‘Diana: In Her Own Words’ will air in SKY TV’s National Geographic Channel next month. This follows last night’s Diana special on THREE which sources say rated very highly.

In 1991, inside London’s Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales, participated in a series of secret interviews, recorded with her permission by a close friend on behalf of journalist Andrew Morton. Morton was writing a book about Diana’s life to reveal what life was really like for the most photographed woman in world. The public was unaware that Diana, Princess of Wales’, marriage to HRH Prince of Wales was at crisis point. In this special documentary, National Geographic Documentary Films reveals Diana’s thoughts and feelings at a very specific point in her life, presenting one side of a very complicated story…her side. Told entirely in the Princess’ voice, with no interviews, most of these unique recordings have never been broadcast.

Diana: In Her Own Words weaves archival footage and photography with these rarely heard recordings and is the latest presentation under the National Geographic Documentary Films banner. Diana: In Her Own Words premieres Tuesday 15 August, 7.30pm on National Geographic.

Executive produced by acclaimed Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings of 1895 Films (Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes; MLK: The Assassination Tapes), this new documentary shines fresh perspective on the Princess’ emotional journey, from childhood to her relationship with HRH Prince of Wales and her pervasive public life under the microscope.

“National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world premium feature documentaries that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the very best documentary filmmakers in the world,” said Tim Pastore, President, Original Programming and Production for National Geographic. “This film is no exception as it provides fresh perspective and insight into Diana, Princess of Wales’, side of the story and continues our long tradition of providing our audiences unprecedented access to significant events.”

In vivid detail, Princess Diana reflects upon the full story of her life, depicting her circumstances in 1991. She candidly takes viewers from her unhappy childhood to her awkward introduction to HRH Prince of Wales when she was just 16 years old, and the dramatic tale of a young girl thrust upon the world’s stage. Hounded by the press and embraced by a nation captivated by the ‘fairy-tale’ romance, she was completely unprepared for the fame that engulfed her.

Diana: In Her Own Words captures a split in the Princess’ public and private personas, underscoring intense often convoluted descriptions of her thoughts and feelings in 1991. Unflinchingly, she recounts her emotional wedding day and her experiences with postpartum depression, bulimia and her eventual triumph over her crippling anxiety to emerge as global humanitarian – the iconic, beloved People’s Princess.

“We broke down the major moments of her life and arranged them chronologically, then illustrated them with media reports and archival images from that time,” added Tom Jennings, executive producer of Diana: In Her Own Words. “So throughout the entire film, you’re hearing the internal workings of Princess Diana’s mind at a time when everyone believed she was living a fairy tale. But her marriage and her life actually were falling apart.”

Diana: In Her Own Words premieres Tuesday 15 August, 7.30pm on National Geographic (SKY channel 072)

All new Air Crash Investigation on Nat Geo


New episodes of Air Crash Investigation are coming to National Geographic Channel, Mondays from March 11 at 7.30pm.

Check out the episode guide below:

Air Crash Investigation: Pushed To The Limit

Monday March 11 at 7.30pm

When SilkAir Flight 185 crashed into the remote jungles of Indonesia, investigators first suspected mechanical failure – but the full story is more disturbing than anyone could have imagined.

Air Crash Investigation: Blind Landing

Monday March 18 at 7.30pm

The investigation into the deadly crash of TANS Peru Flight 204 is made exponentially harder when looters make off with the black box recorder. What caused the plane to literally drop out of the sky?

has been stripped clean and nothing of value left inside. Can they still find a way to make some cash?

Air Crash Investigation: Grand Canyon Disaster

Monday March 25 at 7.30pm

In 1956, a mid-air collision sends two planes crashing into the Grand Canyon. Armed only with the rudimentary tools of the time, investigators must determine what caused the crash.

Air Crash Investigation: America’s Deadliest

Premieres Monday April 1 at 7.30pm

Seconds after Flight 191 lifts off from Chicago, the left engine suddenly falls off and the plane crashes moments later. Why did one of the most popular planes in the sky break apart?

Air Crash Investigation: Fatal Fixation

Premieres Monday April 15 at 7.30pm

After United Airlines Flight 173 loses all four engines and crash-lands in Portland, Oregon, it’s up to investigators to figure out how a landing gear problem could have brought down a plane.

Air Crash Investigation: Lokolotiv Hockey Team Disaster

Premieres Monday April 22 at 7.30pm

A plane carrying one of Russia’s most popular hockey teams runs off the end of the tarmac and crashes into the Volga River, leaving investigators struggle to determine what went wrong.

Air Crash Investigation: Death Of The President

Premieres Monday April 29 at 7.30pm

Polish President Lech Kaczynski is killed after his plane crashes in heavy fog. At first it seems like pilot error is to blame, but investigators soon learn that there’s a lot more to this accident.

Burj Khalifa doco on Nat Geo

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL – Tuesday 4 September, 7.30pm

Soaring above the city of Dubai, Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. In Mission Impossible: 4, Tom Cruise climbs the tower.

But that’s nothing compared to the mission accomplished by the team that built it.

The Burj Khalifa took 7 years to construct and cost a staggering $1.5 billion.

This is the story of a construction challenge that pushed engineering to new limits and beyond.

Nat Geo: Megastructures: London Olympic Stadium


Episode Premiere

The eyes of the world are now focused on a sporting megastructure: London’s Olympic Stadium.

By day it will be the venue for all track and field events and, by night, a dazzling stage for London’s opening and closing ceremonies.

This isn’t just a place where world records will be set. It’s a milestone in sporting architecture.

But creating a stadium that’s lighter and tighter is a massive undertaking, fraught with challenges.

Will London have an Olympic arena to be proud of? Or will this go down in history as the stadium that failed to impress?

My picks for Nat Geo in April

Titanic 100: James Cameron’s The Final Word
Monday April 9 at 7.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

Oscar winning director and National Geographic Explorer James Cameron brings together a team of engineers, naval architects, artists and historians to solve the lingering mysteries of why and how an “unsinkable” ship sank. The team applies its expertise to some of the unanswered questions behind the disaster, examines the feature film and determines what technology has revealed since the film was released in 1997. An investigation of this magnitude has never been attempted before, and some of the revelations may alter the fundamental interpretation of what exactly happened to the Titanic on April 14, 1912.

Air Crash Investigation: Turning Point
Tuesday April 10 at 8.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

A Northwest Airlines Flight is halfway between Detroit and Japan’s Narita Airport, cruising 35,000 feet above the Bering Sea when suddenly the aircraft lurches violently to the left and begins losing altitude. The pilots manage to level out the plane but have difficulty controlling the crippled and shaking aircraft. After declaring an emergency, they turn around in the hopes of reaching Anchorage, 1,300 kilometres away. Nearly two hours later, the terrifying ordeal ends when the plane touches down safely. The skilled pilots have narrowly escaped a fatal crash. Now it’s up to investigators to determine what caused them to lose control of the plane in the first place.

Titanic 100: Case Closed
Wednesday April 11 at 7.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

Historian and author Tim Maltin has a revolutionary new theory that answers one of the greatest mysteries surrounding Titanic: how could two expert lookouts miss a giant iceberg lying straight ahead?

Seconds From Disaster: Death In Mid-Air
Monday April 2 at 8.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

For the 45 schoolchildren who boarded the Bashkirian Airlines flight from Moscow to Barcelona it was going to be the trip of a lifetime, a reward for their academic success. But more than two and a half hours into the flight their plane collided with a Boeing 757 cargo plane, sending all aboard to a horrifying death. With both aircraft equipped with collision avoidance systems and being monitored by Zurich’s flight control centre, how was it possible for such an accident to occur? Count down to the moment of impact and the perfect storm of failures leading to a tragedy that continued to claim lives years later.

Megafactories: The Mini
Tuesday April 3 at 7.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

The Mini Coupe is the Oxford plant’s first ever two seater sports vehicle. Follow the journey of Mini’s brand new model as it makes its way through this state of the art factory based in the heart of England.

Air Crash Investigation: Munich Air Disaster
Tuesday April 3 at 8.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

The world’s most famous football team, Manchester United, is on its way back to the UK from the European Championships in Yugoslavia. After a refuelling stop in Munich, the pilots prepare for the final leg of their journey home. The aircraft careers down the runway, but just as it approaches take-off speed, the plane suddenly slows down and, without lifting off the ground, crashes into a nearby house and fuel shed. With 23 people dead, including seven Manchester United players, the high-profile air disaster effectively wipes out one of the best football teams in the world. With the international media clamouring for answers, the German inquiry begins piecing together what went wrong. And when the surviving pilot is blamed for the crash, his struggle to clear his name spans more than a decade and pits one nation against another.

Titanic 100: Bob Ballard’s Save The Titanic
Sunday April 15 at 7.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

The man who found the Titanic revisits the iconic ship from the perspective of those who set sail on her some 100 years ago. Ballard travels to the shipyards of Northern Ireland to retrace the path of the doomed ship from her very incarnation. Throughout his journey, Ballard is driven by one very personal question – will the world’s most famous wreck survive?

Air Crash Investigation: Bad Attitude
Tuesday April 17 at 8.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

With a new crew on board and nearly an hour behind schedule, a Korean Air Cargo Flight finally takes off. Seconds later, the plane banks sharply to the left and slams into a field northeast of London. All four crewmembers die instantly in the huge explosion and a massive 9 metre deep crater marks the point of impact. It is Korean Airlines’ fifth major accident in less than three years. As investigators unravel the case, their search for answers leads them to back Korea.

Megafactories: Learjet
Tuesday April 24 at 7.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

For 50 years, Learjet has been synonymous with high-flying luxury and the celebrity jet-set. Hand built at Learjet’s mega factory in Kansas, the top of the range 60XR offers passengers fighter-jet performance combined with the latest in yacht style luxury.

Air Crash Investigation: Hiding In Plane Sight
Tuesday April 24 at 8.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

On its early morning run down the California coast, PSA Flight #182 is arriving at San Diego’s Lindbergh Airport. Warned that a Cessna is flying immediately ahead of them, the pilots confirm they see the plane and are instructed to maintain visual separation. But just minutes later, Flight #182 collides with the Cessna and both planes crash into a quiet residential neighbourhood below. With 144 people dead, including seven victims on the ground, it is the biggest airline disaster in American history and investigators must determine what happened and exactly who is at fault.

Sunday April 29 at 8.30pm NZST – NZ Premiere

The Empire State Building is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. Now, on its 80th anniversary, a new structure is rising above Manhattan to join the Empire State Building in defining the New York skyline.