Death of a Princess

Death of a Princess was aired on this day in 1980. It was a drama-documentary produced by ATV in cooperation with WGBH in the United States.

The drama was based on the true story of Princess Misha’al, a young Saudi Arabian princess and her lover who had been publicly executed for adultery. Its depiction of the customs of Saudi Arabia led some Middle Eastern governments to oppose its broadcast under threat of damaging trade relations.

The film provoked an angry response from the Saudi government. While resisting pressure not to show the film, ATV agreed to include an introductory comment that you can see below:

Since the original airing, the film has never been broadcast again in the UK, although there was a private screening at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2009.

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