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Friday, 16 August, 2002, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Secret Diana tapes used in US film
Diana, Princess of Wales and Andrew Morton
The film charts Diana's collaboration with Andrew Morton
Secret tape recordings made by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, have been used in a film to be screened on US television.

The tapes were made for a book written by Andrew Morton and include passages about her marriage to the Prince of Wales and her suicide attempts.

The film is called The Biographer: The Secret Life of Princess Diana, and tells the story of her collaboration with Mr Morton.

It is due to be screened by the CBS network on 1 September, the fifth anniversary of her death.

'Untold story'

Paul McGann stars as the former Fleet Street journalist who received the tapes from a mysterious intermediary played by Notting Hill actor Hugh Bonneville.

The acting blends with real footage of Diana, and the actual recordings she made for the book Diana: Her True Story.

Andrew Morton's book Diana: Her True Story
The film shows how Mr Morton's book was written
The film's makers said they decided it would have been impossible for an actress successfully to portray the Princess.

Director Philip Saville was initially sceptical about making the film.

But he said: "After I read the screenplay, I was so much touched and convinced that there is an important and unknown story which must be told about the Princess."

Brian Cox, who plays the publisher Michael O'Mara, said: "The script tells a revealing story of a man who was caught up in something which he was not really in control of because she had chosen him."

The film has taken three years to make and was produced with the full co-operation of Mr Morton.

There are currently no plans to screen it in the UK.

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