22 JANUARY 2004
British TV station Channel 4 has confirmed it is planning a new dramatisation of the life of Princess Margaret. The broadcaster is courting controversy with the new production, which promises to pull no punches in its depiction of the Princess.
Margaret, who died in February 2002, was one of the most colourful and controversial members of the Windsor family. The feature-length docu-drama will look at her love affair with war hero Peter Townsend and her marriage to Lord Snowdon.
Joanne Whalley, who rose to fame in the 1989 film Scandal, is tipped to play the title role in Margaret Rose. It remains to be seen who will play Lord Snowdon, though the man himself has already offered producers a few words of advice on the matter.
The 73-year-old dismisses Hugh Grant as "too old" and Ralph Fiennes as "too tall", but thinks Joseph Fiennes or Colin Firth might fit the bill. And when asked who should be given first option, the charming aristocrat had a somewhat surprising response. "Why me, of course," he declared. "I can look quite young with make-up."