An all-star line-up will headline a new BBC and Amazon show about British journalist Emily Maitlis’ infamous 2019 News evening Interview with Prince Andrew.
Michael Sheen (The Queen) will play the role of the disgraced British Duke of York, while Ruth Wilson (The affair) will star in Maitlis in an upcoming three-part drama titled A very royal one scandal.
This anthology series previously documented The Thorpe Affair – the sex scandal that ended Jeremy Thorpe’s political career A very English scandal, starring Hugh Grant. It is the second edition, A very British scandalfocused on the divorce of socialite Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, played by Claire Foy.
Production is currently underway in the UK and the show will follow “Emily Maitlis’ professional and personal journey as…” News evening Journalist ahead of her acclaimed interview with Prince Andrew,” said a diversity Report.
Maitlis responded to the announcement on Tuesday (November 21). celebrated the show’s “extraordinary cast.” in a post on X/Twitter.
In 2019, the former News evening The host questioned the controversial royal about his ties to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, as well as the nature of his relationship with Virginia Guiffre – one of Epstein’s victims who accused Andrew of sexually abusing her when she was 17.
Andrew vehemently denied the sexual abuse allegations and eventually agreed a multi-million pound out-of-court settlement with Guiffre.
After his disastrous interview with Maitlis, the duke stepped down from his role as a senior member of the royal family because of his relationship with Epstein, the American financier who died in a New York prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
During the interview, which was described at the time as a “car accident,” Andrew made a number of statements that were widely ridiculed at the time:
Andrew told Maitlis that he could not have had sex with Guiffre on the night she accused him of attacking her because he had taken his daughter, Princess Beatrice, to a Pizza Express in Woking.
Elsewhere, he contradicted Guiffre’s description that Andrew was “sweating profusely” on the night of the alleged assault, explaining that he suffers from an illness that “makes it impossible for me to sweat.”
Earlier this year, Maitlis said she was afraid of her News evening The interview ended with the Duke’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, being “hurt” in a commentThe times.
“What duty of care do you owe to those who trust you with their stories – especially when they are unable to respond?” the 52-year-old wrote. “These were things that I struggled with afterwards and that still require me a lot of thinking today.”
In February, it was announced that Gillian Anderson and Rufus Sewell had been cast in a Netflix original film about Prince Andrew News evening Interview.
The upcoming film is based on the former News evening Memoirs of producer Sam McAlister Scoops: The BBC’s most shocking interviews from Prince Andrew to Steven Seagal.
Netflix said it would cover “managing the palace vetoes, breaking through Prince Andrew’s inner circle, the high-stakes negotiations and the intensity of rehearsals – right down to the stunning interview itself.”