The Crown (2016– )
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As tensions with Phillip increase, Elizabeth spends time with her old friend Porchey. Churchill's portrait is painted for his 80th birthday.


Benjamin Caron


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Stephen Dillane ... Graham Sutherland
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Daniel Ings ... Mike Parker
Lizzy McInnerny ... Bobo Macdonald
James Hillier ... Equerry (Buckingham Palace)
Simon Chandler ... Clement Attlee
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Collins


As Philip goes his own way, drinking with his friends Elizabeth turns to her love of horse racing, spending time at her stables with trainer Lord Porchester - Porchey. Philip is not interested and suggests that Porchey is more than a friend but Elizabeth refutes this, telling Philip he is the only man she ever loved. Churchill's eightieth birthday is cause for a public celebration and for his portrait to be painted by artist Graham Sutherland, but he rejects the finished product for portraying him as a vulnerable old man and his wife burns it. After consultation with the queen he also steps down as prime minister, giving way to Anthony Eden. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The relationship between HM and Lord Porchester led to newspapers of the time dubbing them Porchy and Bess. See more »


The horse playing Aureole differs significantly from the racehorse to the breeding horse. The horse's blaze moves from being a thin stripe to being a wider blaze, much more like the real Aureole's. See more »


Sir Winston Churchill: Be careful, Anthony, too much excitement is not good for one so soon after an operation.
Anthony Eden: Spoken by a man who only two months ago was effectively dead.
Sir Winston Churchill: Which makes two of us.
Anthony Eden: I have recovered.
Sir Winston Churchill: That's not what I hear. I hear you are a shadow of your former self.
[rising from his chair]
Sir Winston Churchill: That when you walk, the pills rattle around inside of you!
Anthony Eden: I have something that you will never see again. A clean bill of health.
Sir Winston Churchill: Stalin said the same. He died groveling on the floor!
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References Assassins (1995) See more »


written by Churchill Kohlman
performed by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads
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Alas Poor Winston
4 December 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Throughout this series, Winston Churchill has been on the ropes. Despite his amazing accomplishments in the Great War, he is now seen as a liability by the conservatives. Anthony Eden is waiting in the wings and is getting more and more frustrated. Churchill reminds one of Brett Farvre, feeling he can go on forever, but getting in the way, hanging on to his reputation. There is lot of tension in this episode and a remarkable scene where the Parliament has commissioned a portrait of the great man. He is appalled when he sees it and believes it puts him in a bad light. The artist tells him that age is unfair, but the portrait is honest. We also have tensions between Elizabeth and Philip. She is so caught up in her world (sometimes she must be) that he becomes a nuisance. She also has a bit of a flame burning for an old boyfriend, Porchey, with whom she spends a lot of time. Philip is jealous. Their bedroom seems strictly for sleeping. The subtleties of this character presentation are excellent. Only one to go.

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