The Crown – Netflix

The Crown

In November, Netflix will drop its most ambitious Originals series ever, ‘The Crown’ – the first season of a drama that’ll tell the story of the entire reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Its creator and writer is Peter Morgan, who has previous with Her Maj – he wrote the movie ‘The Queen’ and the play ‘The Audience’, both starring Helen Mirren. We’ve had a sneak watch of all ten episodes, and can report that this is as good as it gets – exciting and smart drama.

Claire Foy is terrific as young Elizabeth II, who we first meet in her twenties: her father, George VI (Jared Harris) is still king and she’s recently married Philip (Matt Smith). The first series examines how she copes with the responsibility of becoming Queen and explores the major relationships in her life: her husband; her first Prime Minister; her sister Princess Margaret; and her uncle, the former Edward VIII. It’s about power, duty, politics and tradition, and we’re hooked.
Princess Elizabeth and King George VI, played by Claire Foy and Jared Harris, on the future queen’s wedding day in the £100 million series
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We may expect, and perhaps Netflix is even hoping for, controversy when the first batch of The Crown, its epic contemporary answer to the BBC’s The Hollow Crown, is released to subscribers on November 4. This £100 million, 60-episode, six-series dramatisation of the reign of the Queen begins with her father coughing up blood into a royal loo. Not long afterwards, as he dresses for his daughter’s wedding, his irritation at being incarcerated in a stiff collar by a flunky is ameliorated by an exchange of filthy limericks with his equerry, Peter Townsend. George VI’s effort features the c-word.

The Crown – trailer