Production has begun on Netflix the scoopFeatures projects that provide an insider’s account of the street BBC NewsnightIts bombshell 2019 interview with Prince Andrew about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Gillian Anderson has joined the investigative drama as Emily Maitlis’ former lead presenter Newsnight Who conducted the now infamous exchange. Rufus Sewell will play the disgraced royal.
Also, Keely House will play Amanda Thirsk, Prince Andrew’s former private secretary, and Billie Piper will play Sam McAllister. Newsnight The producer who negotiated and secured the booking and whose reminiscences, Scoops: Behind the scenes of the BBC’s most shocking interviews, Based on the film.
Deadline revealed that the project was in the works last summer. It will follow the inside track of the women who broke through the Buckingham Palace establishment to secure decades of scoop that led to the Queen’s ‘favourite son”s disastrous fall from grace. From navigating palace vetoes, to penetrating Prince Andrew’s inner circle, to the intensity of high court discussions and rehearsals, to the grueling interviews themselves, the scoop Billed as an insider’s account of Palace and the BBC’s inner workings, the twin citadels of the British establishment, it spotlights journalists whose tenacity and courage break through the highest ceilings – and one man’s reckoning with the inner house and all. Lose.
Philip Martin (the crown) is conducting. the scoop Produced by Hilary Salmon and Radford Neville for The Lighthouse Film & Television, Sanjay Singhal for Voltage TV.
McAllister commented, “Working with this incredible cast, the amazing teams at Netflix and The Lighthouse and Voltage, especially as a first-time writer, is beyond my wildest dreams. Seeing Billie Piper, one of my favorite actresses, play ‘me’ will be a pinch moment for me and I’m really thrilled to be involved in this film.”
Martin added, “I’m thrilled to be directing this film for Netflix and – with an incredible cast – to bring Sam McAllister’s revelatory undercover account to the screen. Uptempo, immersive and cinematic, I want to put the audience in the breathtaking sequence of events that led to the interview with Prince Andrew – to tell a story of searching for answers in a world of speculation and different memories. It’s a film about power, privilege and differing perspectives and how – whether in lavish mansions or high-tech newsrooms – we judge what’s true.”