Three Pulls Diana Investigations

Amid all the Royal Family specials the networks have added In the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death, Three has pulled what might have been its highest-rating.

It was going to launch the Discovery+ series The Diana Investigations 9.35 Tuesday, on the back of the Mike McRoberts docu, Kia Ora, Good Evening (in today’s NZ Herald, the news anchor promises “the real me and it’s pretty raw”).

But now the network is replacing the 25th anniversary commemoration of the Princess of Wales’ death with season five of Aussie Gold Hunters over the next four weeks.

Clearly the change is out of deference to the Royal Family but from a programming perspective it will kneecap what would have been a powerhouse double-bill ahead of TVNZ 1 rolling out its Documentary NZ season the following Tuesday.

According to the blurb for The Diana Investigations:

In the early hours of 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died following a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, sending shockwaves of grief across the world. Now over 25 years later, The Diana Investigations provides viewers with unprecedented access to French investigators on the case and explores Britain’s Metropolitan Police who conducted a secretive operation into how Princess Diana died. This stunning 4 part docuseries reveals the truths surrounding the precarious death of the peoples princess and how the rumor filled story was amplified by relentless global media in the early age of internet conspiracies.

It streamed internationally last month, when Decider hailed it as “a series that separates facts from conspiracies about the princess’s death …

“Fans of true crime and/or the Royals will most certainly be entertained by this four-part series that features never-before-heard testimony from many of the people who were on the scene the night that Diana died and threw their lives into the investigation.

“You might come away from the show feeling more conspiratorial than when you first sat down, but you’ll also realize that there were a lot of bad decisions and a lot of people at fault for what happened on August 31, 1997.”

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