Two Prince Andrew series set to sweat it out in competing Newsnight dramas

The Royal's infamous 2019 interview is being dramatised not once but twice

FILE- In this Wednesday, June 6, 2012 file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew leaves King Edward VII hospital in London after visiting his father Prince Philip. Britain’s Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, has for years been troubled by reports of his extravagant lifestyle and his friendship with several controversial figures, notably U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein, a registered sex offender. Andrew stepped down from his role as a trade envoy in 2011 as questions mounted. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)
Prince Andrew will be the subject of two new dramas about the bombshell 2019 Newsnight interview in which he was questioned about allegations of sex trafficking with Jeffrey Epstein. (AP Photo)

Prince Andrew is being depicted on screen not once but twice, in competing dramas made by Netflix and Amazon and the BBC that will sweat it out for viewers attention.

Both dramas will examine the scandal involving the royal when he was faced with allegations of sex trafficking with Jeffrey Epstein, and the 2019 Newsnight interview that gripped the nation.

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The accusations and bombshell interview led to Prince Andrew stepping back from royal duties and paying a financial settlement to his alleged victim, Virginia Giuffre, who was 17 at the time of the alleged incident.

Here is everything you need to know about the two shows.

What is Amazon and the BBC's Prince Andrew drama?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Ruth Wilson attends The 67th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at Claridge's Hotel on November 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Ruth Wilson will portray Newsnight journalist Emily Maitlis in the BBC and Amazon's A Very Royal Scandal, starring opposite Michael Sheen. (Getty Images)

The BBC and Amazon are working on a drama titled A Very Royal Scandal, which will star Michael Sheen and Ruth Wilson as Prince Andrew and Newsnight journalist Emily Maitlis.

Already in production according to Variety, the show will be focused on Maitlis' professional and personal life, and what led to her memorable interview with Prince Andrew.

The series is part of the BBC's anthology series that began with A Very English Scandal starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, and continued with A Very British Scandal which starred Claire Foy and Paul Bettany.

Journalist Emily Maitlis rehearsing ahead of delivering the 2022 MacTaggart Lecture in The Lennox at the EICC at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Picture date: Thursday August 24, 2022. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
The show will be focused on Maitlis' (pictured in 2022) professional and personal life, and what led to her memorable interview with Prince Andrew. (PA Images via Getty Images)

A Very Royal Scandal will also star Joanna Scanlan as Amanda Thirsk, Alex Jennings as Sir Edward Young, and Éanna Hardwicke as Stewart Maclean.

The three-part series is written by Jeremy Brock and it will be directed by Julian Jarrold.

What is Netflix's Prince Andrew drama?

Scoop (Netflix)
Netflix's Prince Andrew drama Scoop will star Rufus Sewell as the shamed Royal (Netflix)

Netflix's drama is titled Scoop and it will star Rufus Sewell and Gillian Anderson as Prince Andrew and Maitlis, respectively.

The series also has an A-list supporting cast that includes Keeley Hawes, Billie Piper, and Romola Garai amongst many others.

Scoop (Netflix)
Gillian Anderson will star opposite Rufus Sewell in Scoop. (Netflix)

Scoop will explore how the BBC obtained the interview with Prince Andrew, which saw Maitlis question his friendship with convicted sex offender Epstein.

The drama is being written by Peter Moffat and is being directed by Philip Martin, who previously worked on The Crown.

When will the two Prince Andrew dramas be released?

A release date has not yet been given for either the Netflix drama or the BBC and Amazon's TV series, so it is unclear if they will be released around the same time as direct competitors or not.