AceShowbiz - A musical about Prince Andrew is in the works for television. To mark its 40th birthday, British broadcaster Channel 4 will air a 60-minute show called "Prince Andrew, The Musical" about the second son of Queen Elizabeth II which is described as a "satirical send-up of the life and times" of the Duke of York set to a musical score.
Comedian Kieran Hodgson is set to write the show and star as the disgraced royal. Featuring original music by Freddie Tapner, the musical will focus on "key events, relationships and controversies of Andrew's life" and even feature a "reimagining" of his shambolic 2019 Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis about his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Channel 4's chief content officer Ian Katz said, "From musical satire about Prince Andrew to an exploration of cancel culture in art via men with very large penises, this season shows that Channel 4 is still as mischievous, disruptive and distinctive as when it was born 40 years ago."
"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 taken a step back from public life and his royal patronages and military titles returned to the queen earlier this year as he prepared to face civil action from Virginia Guiffre, who accused him of sexual abuse - which he denied.
Virginia - who was formerly known as Virginia Roberts – previously accused convicted sex offender Epstein, who took his own life in August 2019, and his one-time girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell of arranging and forcing her into having sex with Andrew in 2001.
Andrew strongly denied the allegation that he sexually abused her when she was under 18 years of age but weeks before a civil trial was due to start, he settled the case out of court with a reported $12 million payment to his accuser, including a donation to her sex trafficking charity.
News of the musical comes after it was revealed Prince Andrew's bombshell "Newsnight" interview will be the subject of a new movie. The 62-year-old royal was quizzed on TV in November 2019, and the story of how the BBC came to land the discussion will be told in a film called "Scoop".
Hugh Grant is rumoured to be in the frame to play the prince and the film will be based on Sam McAlister's book, "Scoops, Behind the Scenes of the BBC's Most Shocking Interviews", in which the former "Newsnight" producer recalls how the interview with Andrew was secured.