The weird slo-mo re-run of Diana’s demise is begun. From this, the anniversary of her birth, until the commemoration of her death, the self-coronated Queen of Hearts will be killed a thousand times.

For now, expect enough weepy telemovies to furnish the needs of an above-average menopause.

For fans, such as I, of the Made for TV genre, great news is at hand. The Murder of Princess Diana is almost in the can. Made by the former partners of Working Title films, this screen excellence will no doubt have the American upscale, homos-xual aesthetic of great telemovies like Mommie Dearest. While retaining the British upscale, homos-xual aesthetic of great rom-coms like Four Weddings and a Funeral.

For those who prefer their People’s Princess with a side order of counterfeit integrity, the BBC will doubtless offer a dozen documentaries. These will range in matter from sophisticated conspiracy theory to cheesy cultural studies assay.

Speaking of the latter, let us not underestimate exactly how much poop Fairfax is currently honing for publication. I imagine things written from Sydney University called things like Diana: Femininity, Image and Resonance will be upchucked like so many cosmopolitan cocktails in coming weeks.

And, of course, the chic gossip Tina Brown is at it, adding her expensive whiff to the conversation. Former VF editor TB has just unleashed The Diana Chronicles.

Of course, it all started hours ago at Wembley Arena. Along with many Australian viewers, I can barely wait for tonight to savour this wonderfully inappropriate spectacle.

From a dash to YouTube to a Google news search, it seems as though this is even better than we’d hoped. Duran Duran performed, as expected. As did seedy troll Tom Jones. But, in between the singing of blue silver and the hurling of underpants, DENNIS HOPPER appeared.

Doubtless, the former HRH was a very great fan of Easy Rider and expressionist painting and would often ask Dodi to don an oxygen mask while shrieking, “Baby wants to f-ck! Baby wants to f-ck Blue Velvet!”.

I mean, really. What were Harry and William thinking?

Since her first appearance as a blush and unspoiled hottie in 1980, Diana always provided the stuff of well-paced screenplay. Just as she threatened to become unspeakably dull (as, between you and me, she probably was) another plot point was written. Despair, redemption and bouts of mild bulimia always emerged as needed.

Again, in an act of consummate script writing, Diana has left just enough time between her 46th birthday and the tenth anniversary of her glamorous death to allow media providers to spend themselves silly.

Tissues at the ready. It will end, gentle reader, on 31 August.

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