Produced by Salon Pictures, the 90-minute documentary with the simple working title of Joan Collins has been commissioned by Mark Bell for BBC Arts. Directed by Clare Beavan, it is produced by Clare Beavan, Karen Steyn, Nick Taussig and Annabel Wigoder, and executive produced by Karen Steyn.
The film is said to be "told from the ringside", as the star narrates her own rollercoaster life story. One of the last surviving actresses of Hollywood’s golden age and then a worldwide TV phenomenon with her decade-defining role in Dynasty, Collins has been witness to some of entertainment's key moments and people along the way. Her story is told against a backdrop of archive footage and her own home movie collection, showcasing the extraordinary life of a woman who has seen it all and survived it all.
Mark Bell, commissioning executive at BBC Arts, said: “National treasures don't come more glamorous than Dame Joan Collins and after seven decades of stardom her shine remains undimmed. Her story too is priceless. This film will be an account of the ups and downs of an entertainment career like no other – candid, revelatory and occasionally hilarious.”
Jonathan Ford, managing director at AMR, added: “This will be the definitive story of Dame Joan Collins told in her own words and her own way, delivering a fascinating insight into her incredible life and remarkable career which has spanned more than 70 years. A multi-award-winning actress with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a best-selling author whose books have sold more than 50 million copies around the world and a regular columnist, Dame Joan is a true legend and an international icon – we can’t wait to hear more.”