Former BBC teammates now competing to bring drama to the screen in Prince Andrew's Newsnight interview

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 07 Aug, 2022

Taking the behind-the-scenes events from Prince Andrew's interview to film is now a race between the two women who persuaded him to sit down on camera and explain his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

It was previously revealed that Sam McAlister, the former producer of Newsnight interviews, had sold the screen rights to her book Scoops, explaining how famed TV encounters like Prince Andrew's were secured.

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.

Hugh Grant was the shamed British MP Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal, which was made by Blueprint, and Claire Foy was the scandalous Duchess of Argyll in A Very British Scandal. 

A British Academy of Film and Television arts-winning writer has already been attached to the project, according to The Times, and it will screen as a three-part series on a streaming service.

According to a news report last week, the company is also planning to make a dramatic adaptation of a libel lawsuit between two footballer wives, Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy, that arose in the High Court last year.

He was forced to withdraw from public life after the 2019 interview, where he failed to apologize for his friendship with Epstein, failed to show compassion for Epstein's victims, and disputed Epstein's allegations.

His testimony revealed he had been in a Pizza Express on the night he was alleged to be in a London nightclub with Epstein's Virginia Guiffre, and that he had a condition that prevented him from sweating.

Hugh Grant has been mentioned in the context of both of these projects, but no casting has been announced for either production.

Thank You!

For more stories like this

Explore our website