Missed it the first time round? Still not convinced that she’s really dead? Somehow managed to avoid Sir Reginald Dwight and his dirge? Well, set the Sky Plus box because BBC Parliament is the station for you. OTT note that the Diana funeral will be on BBC PArliament on 1st September. Thrill again to the fugging Duke of Edinburgh drawing up in his unmarked small white car. Cringe at the wailing crowds on the television – reminding the casual viewer of Khomenei’s funeral. Look confused at the bizarre site of an inflatable ET and an ALF amid the pyre of flowers placed at Buckingham Palace.
This is of course the precursor to the new ITV1 series, presented by Sir Trevor MacDonald: Britain’s favourite celebrity funeral. You the viewer can vote for your favourite funeral from a list championed by various celebrities. Hear Des Lynam wax lyrical about the funeral of Churchill. David Dickinson regales us with stories of the funeral of Arthur Negus. Gordon Brown puts in a word for John Smith. And Babs Windsor supports the nation’s favourite cockney, the Queen Mum. Votes will be cast via premium rate phone lines, and the favourite funeral will be broadcast with advertisements during the hymns in a simulcast between ITV4 and Men and Motors later in the year.