Gillian Anderson and Rufus Sewell and the royal scandal

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On November 16, 2019, the BBC got a “scoop” that may have saved Britain’s premiere network for news. That’s the night he broadcast HRH Prince Andrew’s seemingly impossible “achievement” with the BBC’s signature news show, newsnight To talk about the scandal that erupted over her relationship with the infamous Jeffrey Epstein, as well as her alleged sexual relationship with Virginia Roberts. However, the facts of the case, such as they were, are not at all similar to the new Netflix film, Scoop, About.

Instead, much like She said, The Post, the Spotlight, all the President’s men, The emphasis here is on the journalists, the journalists who incredibly sat down with Andrew for an interview when such a thing would be unthinkable. It is also unimaginable, that in man’s world there were still four keys to this kind of thing. women Who did all this at a time when the facts themselves were under test and the future of legitimate newsgathering in a constantly changing profession was under attack.

Scoop The focus focuses entirely on the booker, Sam McAllister (Billy Piper), who was determined and determined to succeed at an interview that no one really thought would be possible. I mean Why Would any member of the royal family submit to such questioning over a hot button story when these allegations have already caused irreparable damage to his reputation, the Queen and the family at large? Director Philip Martin, working with an extraordinary script from Peter Moffat and Geoff Bustill, slowly and methodically shows how this highly suspenseful style was done.

It doesn’t matter that we already know very well how it happened, apparently not. Well A sweaty Prince Andrew (Rufus Sewell) dodges all the questions asked by veteran anchor Emily Maitlis (Gillian Anderson), who acted as good as a cucumber in watching the Prince basically hang himself. Scoop It’s about how it all happened, not really the main event, even though that infamous interview has been carefully recreated and played by Anderson and Sewell, both of whom were careful not to make it into some non-faithful imitations. Not to be turned into, but rather two professionals working accurately on the essence of real life and still life subjects.

The filmmakers present the entire situation as one of incredulity. Why would he ever agree to this, while at the same time offering a viable answer to it, one that massaged the once-popular Royal’s ego to clear his name and get back into the good graces of the British public? Not to mention his mother, the Queen, who always considered him her favourite. It demonstrated the narrow-mindedness of people in the spotlight who think they can get away with anything. Sound familiar? It also, in fascinating fashion, shows the cat-and-mouse game of interaction between two giants, the BBC and the most acclaimed and important news program there (think). 60 minutes), And the palace which would never agree to such a thing but…

Sewell is brilliant at suggesting the real Prince Andrew without turning into hyperbole. The same applies to Anderson, who is playing a living person for the first time, and is meeting the challenge of making a major news company believable, even though this woman has been living people for four decades. Circulating in the room. But it is Piper who tests McAllister’s tenacity and drive to never give up against all odds to get to this interview. The moment when she is told that Andrew’s personal secretary is on the phone is extremely thrilling. That character, Amanda Thirsk, is played brilliantly and with admirable restraint by Keeley Hawes, who acts as the key to the entire enterprise. The experienced Romola Garai is also excellent, as a very savvy and dedicated editor who knows that if she can get hold of this interview it could change everything for her show and the BBC.

If Scoop While it doesn’t quite reach the level of the aforementioned film classics, with its focus on getting the truth and stuff out to the public in the form of credible and reliable hardcore journalistic ethics, it certainly comes close on its own modest terms. And crucially it manages to keep us on the edge of our seats, even if we know exactly how it will all end. No small task.

Producers are Hilary Salmon and Radford Neville.

Topic: Scoop

Distributor: Netflix

Release date: April 5, 2024 (Streaming)

Director: philip martin

Script: Peter Moffat and Geoff Bustill

Mould: Billie Piper, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, Keeley Hawes, Romola Garai

Rating: TV-14

running time: 1 hour 42 minutes

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