In 2019, Prince Andrew, son of Queen Elizabeth, sat down for a exclusive interview with the BBC. During the nearly hour-long conversation, the British royal spoke with journalist Emily Maitlis about her relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. What followed – not surprisingly – was public outcry and, ultimately, the prince's resignation from public duties.

Now, Netflix is ​​telling the story of the women who worked to make the bombshell interview happen in a new film called To harvest. Directed by Philip Martin and starring Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, Billie Piper, Romola Garai and Keeley Hawes, the film documents the tireless negotiations, research and preparations that led to the revealing interview.

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Ahead of the film's Netflix debut on April 5, here's what you should know about that explosive BBC interview and what you can expect to learn from this behind-the-story story.

The revealing interview with Prince Andrew

In November 2019, journalist Emily Maitlis interviewed Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace about everything from his friendship with Epstein to the accusations made against him by one of Epstein's victims. The Duke of York has spoken candidly about the time he spent with the disgraced financier, acknowledging the many occasions he was at Epstein's mansion – including times when witnesses said they saw girls coming and going from the house.

“His house, I described it almost like a train station,” Prince Andrew said in the interview, “in the sense that there were people coming in and out of that house all the time. I had nothing to do with it.”

Although Prince Andrew spent much of the interview denying that he had any knowledge of what was going on in Epstein's home or life, Maitlis pointed out several examples of two men who spent a lot of time together, even after Epstein became a convicted sex offender. .

The result of the interview was almost immediate, as days later Prince Andrew released a declaration announcing that he was stepping away from public duties. In the statement, the Duke of York said: “It has become clear to me in recent days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein have become a major interruption to the work of my family and to the valuable work being carried out in the many organizations and charities I'm proud to support. Therefore, I asked Her Majesty if I can step back from public duties in the near future, and she gave me permission.”

Scoop is based on an internal account

Following this crucial interview, former Newsnight producer Sam McAlister released a book called Spoons, documenting what happened behind the scenes to get the interview with Prince Andrew. Now, that book has been adapted into the Netflix film Scoop, which highlights the women who tirelessly negotiated with Prince Andrew's palace and private secretary and spent hours conducting research to prepare for the interview.

“The interview is very significant, but it represents 5% of the story,” McAlister told Netflix fan site Tudum. “What we do is take you on the journey of how this all started.”

In Scoop, audiences will learn about the BBC's confrontation with Buckingham Palace in their effort to secure the high-stakes interview. The film also shows how much work went on behind the scenes of the headline-grabbing interview, before the cameras even started rolling.

Who stars in the film?

The cast of Scoop features Billie Piper as interviewer Sam McAlister, Gillian Anderson as journalist Emily Maitlis, Rufus Sewell as Prince Andrew, Keeley Hawes as Prince Andrew's private secretary Amanda Thirsk, and Romola Garai as editor Esme Wren.

Scoop begins streaming on Netflix on April 5th. You can also check out our recommendations for the best movies to watch on Netflix.



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