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The Crown 

TV-MA | | Drama, History | TV Series (2016– )
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Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

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Peter Morgan
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Series cast summary:
Claire Foy ...  Queen Elizabeth II / ... 20 episodes, 2016-2017
Matt Smith ...  Philip, Duke of Edinburgh / ... 20 episodes, 2016-2017
Olivia Colman ...  Queen Elizabeth II 20 episodes, 2019-2020
Tobias Menzies ...  Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 20 episodes, 2019-2020
Helena Bonham Carter ...  Princess Margaret 20 episodes, 2019-2020
Victoria Hamilton ...  Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother / ... 17 episodes, 2016-2017
Vanessa Kirby ...  Princess Margaret 17 episodes, 2016-2017
Pip Torrens ...  Tommy Lascelles 16 episodes, 2016-2017
Will Keen ...  Michael Adeane 15 episodes, 2016-2017
Lizzy McInnerny ...  Bobo Macdonald / ... 13 episodes, 2016-2017
Chris Gordon ...  Duke of Edinburgh's Valet 13 episodes, 2016-2017
James Hillier ...  Equerry / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Jeremy Northam ...  Anthony Eden 11 episodes, 2016-2017
Harry Hadden-Paton ...  Martin Charteris 11 episodes, 2016-2017
Erin Doherty ...  Princess Anne 11 episodes, 2019-2020
Emerald Fennell ...  Camilla Parker Bowles / ... 11 episodes, 2019-2020
Josh O'Connor ...  Prince Charles 11 episodes, 2019-2020
John Lithgow ...  Winston Churchill 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Clive Francis ...  Lord Salisbury 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Teddy Lewis Teddy Lewis ...  Groundskeeper 10 episodes, 2016
Gillian Anderson ...  Margaret Thatcher 10 episodes, 2020
Emma Corrin ...  Princess Diana 10 episodes, 2020
Billy Jenkins ...  Prince Charles 9 episodes, 2016-2017
Nicholas Rowe ...  Jock Colville 9 episodes, 2016
Daniel Ings ...  Mike Parker 9 episodes, 2016-2017
Ben Miles ...  Peter Townsend 9 episodes, 2016-2017
Greg Wise ...  Lord Mountbatten 9 episodes, 2016-2017
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Storyline

The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne....a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan's masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen's private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace....the leaders of an empire await. Written by Netflix

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Drama | History

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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$156,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The day Vanessa Kirby did her screen test for princess Margaret she had earlier applied self tanner on her ankles only. For her audition she switched into a skirt exposed more of her legs and showed her legs as being her natural shade and her tanned ankles as bright orange. Peter Morgan later revealed that the appearance of her ankles was so distracting it almost cost her the job. See more »

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In reality the Queen and Princess Margaret were almost the same height. Whilst Claire Foy is of similar height to the Queen, Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret) is almost 4 inches taller. In a scene of them walking together, Kirby has flat shoes to offset the height difference. See more »

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Beautiful To Look At, Uneven Historically
6 November 2016 | by brendasternSee all my reviews

The Crown is certainly a beautiful drama. There was no expense spared in replicating some iconic scenes. But from the first episode onward, there are some significant historic inaccuracies that detract from the production.

The most grievous is in the way the writers frame the roles of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. For one thing, it's clearly documented that she fled England before his abdication. She did not sit by his side while he gave the abdication speech. She was in France, sobbing her eyes out.

And, she only met Queen Mary once, at a ball, and only for a moment. However, she took steps to heal the rift, and the Queen famously added a PS to a letter saying, "I send a kind message to your wife." By the 1950s, there was barely any contact between the Palace and the Windsors. They were off in Paris or in New York, and there were no circumstances under which he would have been an adviser to the Queen. This is all fabricated.

Also, one of the writers must have it in for the Queen Mother, because her portrayal is nothing like the friendly, fun loving woman that she was. She's almost unrecognizable.

My advice to anyone watching is to consider this as "inspired by" the life of the Queen, but by no means take it as fact.


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