Emily Maitlis’ new drama on Prince Andrew interview to rival old BBC ally’s screen adaptation

Maitlis has partnered with the company Blueprint Pictures to develop a scripted drama of the 2019 interview at Buckingham Palace

The Newsnight interview Credit: Mark Harrison/BBC

Emily Maitlis is to make a drama about Prince Andrew which is set to rival that of her old BBC ally. 

The broadcaster and her former guest booker, Sam McAlister, secured the infamous Newsnight special with the Duke of York in which he discussed his relationship with the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Maitlis, 51, has now partnered with the company Blueprint Pictures to develop a scripted drama of the 2019 interview at Buckingham Palace, The Times report.

However, McAlister, the former interviews producer for Newsnight, has sold the rights to adapt Scoops, her book which discusses how the interview with the Duke was secured, for the big screen.

Maitlis, who has been podcasting for LBC since leaving the BBC, and McAlister will therefore be going head-to-head in the battle for viewers, as demand for information about the inner workings of the Royal Family remains high.

The former colleagues previously complimented each other for their roles in securing the Newsnight interview, which resulted in the Duke facing a barrage of criticism and eventually stepping back from Royal duties.

Maitlis and McAllister had previously complimented each other on interview Credit: David M. Benett

He failed to express any regret over his friendship with Epstein, the late convicted sex offender, or empathy for his victims.

It came after Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who was widely trafficked by Epstein, claimed she was flown to London and forced to have sex with the Duke when she was 17.

The Duke insisted he had “no recollection” of meeting Ms Giuffre and said he was at Pizza Express in Woking on the night in question.

Asked about Ms Giuffre’s claim that he was sweating “all over” her that evening in Tramp nightclub, Mayfair, he revealed that he did not sweat owing to a “peculiar medical condition”.

Ms Giuffre brought a civil claim of sexual assault against the Duke, which was settled out of court earlier this year. The Duke has always strongly denied the claims and accepted no liability in the settlement.