ITV has ordered a 90-minute behind the scenes doc on Princess Anne to commemorate the royal’s upcoming 70th birthday.

Filmed over more than a year by Oxford Films [whose ITV documentaries include Our Queen, Our Queen at 90, Diana: Our Mother and Queen of the World], the documentary contains unseen family footage and conversations with the Princess, her children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and many others close to her.

School friends and Ladies in Waiting are also featured as are those who have been with her during the highs and lows of her life, be it sporting triumphs or the (failed) 1974 kidnap attempt – about which the Princess herself speaks frankly.

Princess Royal: Anne at 70 is commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.

Jo said: “With exclusive, up close and extensive access to Princess Anne, her family and those closest to her, this fascinating film is a landmark event on a landmark birthday.

Nicolas Kent, Creative Director for Oxford Films and Executive Producer for Princess Royal: Anne at 70, said: “It’s been fascinating, especially in such an eventful and significant year, to follow The Princess Royal and hear from her family, friends and colleagues, many of whom are speaking about her for the first time.”

The director is Ian Denyer, the writer/producer is Robert Hardman, producer is Faye Hamilton and executive producer is Nick Kent.

Jon Creamer