First trailer released for Prince Andrew ‘PR disaster’ Newsnight interview drama Scoop

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Based on the book by Newsnight producer Sam McAlister, the film features Gillian Anderson as Emily Maitlis and Rufus Sewell as Andrew

Netflix has released the first trailer for Scoop, its drama about the machinations behind Prince Andrew’s disastrous interview with Emily Maitlis on the BBC’s Newsnight in 2019.

Featuring Gillian Anderson as Maitlis and Rufus Sewell as Andrew, the film is based on a book by former Newsnight producer Sam McAlister, and is directed by Philip Martin. McAlister is played in the film by Billie Piper, while Keeley Hawes is Prince Andrew’s private secretary Amanda Thirsk.

Described in the Guardian as “devastating” and a “PR disaster”, the interview was originally intended by Andrew to head off speculation about his connection with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. However, such was the reaction that Andrew was forced to step back from public duties a few days later and was subsequently stripped of his military roles and use of the HRH title.

Scoop is due to be released on 5 April on Netflix.