A particular section of The Crown watchers were disappointed with the glaring omission of Prince Andrew and his many misdeeds from its six-season storyline, but Netflix’s upcoming film Scoop promises to make up for that entirely.
The film is centred around Prince Andrew’s controversial BBC interview. However, it’s important not to confuse this film with the other Netflix original series of the same name, which recounts the real-life story of journalist Jigna Vora.
Scoop offers a behind-the-scenes look at the events leading up to Prince Andrew’s infamous interview with Emily Maitlis. It will shed light on the intense negotiations and high-stakes drama that unfolded behind closed doors as the production team at BBC Two news and current affairs programme Newsnight came together to get the “scoop of the decade”.
Incidentally, Amazon is also working on a series based on this Prince Andrew interview. Michael Sheen is set to portray the Prince, while Ruth Wilson is supposed to play the role of Emily Maitlis.
Nonetheless, here’s everything you need to know about Philip Martin’s Scoop, starring Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, Billie Piper, and Keeley Hawes, among others.
What is Scoop about?
Scoop delves into the behind-the-scenes story of the women who orchestrated Prince Andrew’s landmark BBC interview. It is based on former Newsnight editor Sam McAlister’s book Scoops: Behind The Scenes of the BBC’s Most Shocking Interview.
Focused on Andrew’s relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and allegations of sexual assault, the interview sent shockwaves through Buckingham Palace and beyond. This interview ultimately catalysed Prince Andrew’s downfall and reshaped public perception of the royal family.
The official logline of the film reads: “The inside track of the women that broke through the Buckingham Palace establishment to secure the scoop of the decade that led to the catastrophic fall from grace of The Queen’s ‘favourite son’. From navigating Palace vetoes to breaking through to Prince Andrew’s inner circle, the high stakes negotiations and intensity of rehearsal – to the jaw-dropping interview itself. SCOOP is the insider account of the inner workings of the Palace and the BBC, twin bastions of the British Establishment, spotlighting the journalists whose tenacity and guts broke through the highest of ceilings – and into the inner sanctum and calculations of a man with everything to lose.”
Who is in the cast of Scoop?
The stellar cast of Scoop includes Gillian Anderson as journalist Emily Maitlis, Rufus Sewell as Prince Andrew, and Billie Piper as producer McAlister, who tweeted, “Thrilled that my book #Scoops is becoming a Netflix film, with an extraordinary cast. Being played by @billiepiper is beyond my wildest dreams.”
Keeley Hawes will portray Amanda Thirsk, Prince Andrew’s private secretary, while Romola Garai, Connor Swindells, and Charity Wakefield round out the ensemble.
When will Scoop be released?
Scoop is set to release on April 5th, 2024, offering audiences a timely exploration of one of the most controversial moments in recent royal history. Scoop will exclusively stream on Netflix.
Is there a trailer for Scoop?
Yes, indeed. The trailer for Scoop has been released, providing audiences with a tantalising glimpse into the world of behind-the-scenes intrigue and high-stakes drama. Viewers can expect a tension-filled ride as the media and the monarchy collide in a battle for truth and accountability.
You can watch Scoop on Netflix from April 5th and catch the trailer here: