Prince Andrew – In an effort to bring the behind-the-screen events to screen, the two women who convinced Prince Andrew to sit down on camera and explain his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein are now competing.
Former Newsnight interview producer Sam McAliste
Former Newsnight interview producer Sam McAlister has sold the screen rights to her book, Scoops, which explains how Prince Andrew’s chat and other celebrated TV encounters were secured.
Interview with the Prince Andrew
It has now been reported in the Times that Emily Maitlis, the interviewer who won plaudits for her handling of the interview with the Prince, has partnered with production company Blueprint Pictures to produce a scripted drama based on the interview.
The Times reports that it will screen on a streaming service as a three-parter, with a BAFTA-winning writer already attached. The company previously made A Very English Scandal, starring Hugh Grant as shamed British MP Jeremy Thorpe, and A Very British Scandal, starring Claire Foy as the scandalous Duchess of Argyll.
A dramatic adaptation of the High Court libel case between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy is also planned, according to a report last week.
In the wake of the 2019 interview, Prince Andrew retreated from public life after failing to apologise for his friendship with Epstein, not expressing compassion for Epstein’s victims, and denying claims against him – by revealing he had eaten at Pizza Express on the night he was alleged to have been in Epstein’s London nightclub with Virginia Guiffre, and that he had a condition which made him incapable of sweating.
Hugh Grant has been mentioned in both productions, but no casting has been announced.