Channel 4 to mark 40th birthday with satirical Prince Andrew musical

The Duke of York ahead of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in 2021.
Prince Andrew's life to be satirised in musical by Channel 4. (PA)

Prince Andrew's life is to be satirised in a musical by Channel 4.

Two Doors Down star Kieran Hodgson will play shamed member of the Royal Family, the Duke of York, in the 60-minute comedy commissioned by the broadcaster to mark its 40th anniversary.

The feature-length musical will include the duke's 'car crash' Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis in 2019, during which he denied his involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal.

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Ian Katz, chief content officer for C4 said: "This season shows that Channel 4 is still as mischievous, disruptive and distinctive as when it was born 40 years ago.

Emily Maitlis is the host of BBC's 'Newsnight'. (Getty Images)
Emily Maitlis questioned the prince about the alleged sex scandal on BBC's Newsnight in 2019. (Getty Images)

‘"Instead of a nostalgia-thon of highlights from the last four decades, we are celebrating with a collection of irreverent, thought-provoking and hugely entertaining shows that no other broadcaster would air. If we must age, we plan to do it disgracefully."

Prince Andrew has been accused of child sex abuse and of sex trafficking with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. He categorically denies all accusations.

He later resigned from his public roles and returned his honorary military affiliations and charity patronages to the Queen.

The duke was sued in the US by Virginia Giuffre over an alleged sexual assault. He denied all accusations and later settled the suit out of court.

Watch: Prince Andrew's interview on BBC's Newsnight in 2019

The prince denied he slept with Giuffre on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage, during his BBC interview with Maitlis.

He said the alleged encounter in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter, Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party.

During the interview, the duke twice stated his relationship with Epstein had some “seriously beneficial outcomes”, allowing him to meet people and prepare for a future role as a trade envoy.

Virginia Giuffre at a news conference following a hearing where Epstein's alleged victims made statements in NYC in 2019.
Virginia Giuffre sued Prince Andrew over allegations of sexual assault and he settled out of court. (Getty Images)

Giuffre said the same alleged sexual liaison began with the duke sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp.

But the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.

He said he had no recollection of meeting Giuffre.

The C4 musical - which will explore “key events, relationships, and controversies of Andrew’s life” - will feature original music by Freddie Tapner, whose credits include Nick Mohammed’s Mr Swallow shows about Dracula and Houdini.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips and Prince George of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 09, 2018.
Prince Andrew [4th left] has taken a step back from royal duties following the scandal. (Getty Images)

It is produced by Hat Trick, makers of satirical current affairs quiz show Have I Got News For You.

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Other shows announced by Channel 4 as part of its 40th birthday celebrations include a film abut the Monarchy fronted by Frankie Boyle, a revival of Friday Night Live and a show about ‘cancel culture' presented by Jimmy Carr.