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Diana Dors: Britain's Blonde Bombshell

Diana Dors: Britain's Blonde Bombshell

  • TV documentary
  • Channel 5
  • 2022
  • 1 episode

A documentary charting the highs and lows of Diana Dors's career, presenting her finest moments on screen. Also features James King, Samira Ahmed, Jess Conrad, Bonnie Langford, Anna Cale and more.

Diana Dors

Key details

Channel 5
James King, Samira Ahmed, Jess Conrad, Bonnie Langford, Anna Cale, Ruby Lake, Nick Owen, Huw Prall and more
Simon Harries, Steve McConville, James Baudouy, Nicky Bolster and Aimee Silverman

Diana Dors is one of Britain's most celebrated screen actors. She was probably best-known in her lifetime as a 'blonde bombshell' and pigeonholed as Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe. Changing circumstances forced Diana to be a queen of reinvention.

Her career embraced theatre, film, TV variety shows, easy-listening records, sitcoms, cabaret tours and even stints as a TV presenter and chat show host.

As a woman awaiting execution in the 1956 movie Yield To The Night, she is credited with giving one of the best performances in British cinema. Her death in 1984 from ovarian cancer, at the age of 52, prompted critics to speculate that her talent never quite found a proper expression.

Diana's private life was as well-known to the public as her career, given that she married three times and enjoyed numerous affairs. The bad behaviour of her first husband, Dennis Hamilton, wrecked her chances of Hollywood stardom, and led to the couple being kicked out of Tinseltown. In a bid to recoup money that Hamilton stole from her, allegedly at gunpoint, she sold the story of his steamy sex parties to a tabloid newspaper for £35,000. In turn, the Archbishop of Canterbury denounced her as a 'wayward hussy'.

This documentary charts the highs and lows of Diana's career, presenting her finest moments on screen alongside contributions from her surviving family, friends, fans and co-stars. We get to know the real Diana Dors and celebrate all that she achieved, from her big break with Sir David Lean in 1948, as part of the cast of Oliver Twist, to her final film, Steaming, released posthumously in 1985.


Additional details

Also known as
  • The Unforgettable Diana Dors (Working title)

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 24th September 2022 at 9:10pm on Channel 5
Episode length
90 minutes
All previous repeats
  • Friday 3rd February 2023 at 10:00pm on C5

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