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Netflix’s sleek period drama The Crown has captivated audiences with its peek into the private life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), but many fans may be wondering how much of the glamorous series is based on real life. While some elements — like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s frosty relationship with the royal family and Princess Margaret’s romance with the dashing Pete Townsend — are true, several key elements of the series are either totally made up or exaggerated for dramatic effect. (And let’s be honest, even the life of a royal sometimes needs TV magic to make it more watchable. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Thank you for these wonderful questions, there were many more than I had time to get to, because of rehearsals today. Perhaps we can do this again in the future. I hope my answers were helpful.
a) What advice would you give to someone who wants to act professionally after graduating from a non-performance-related degree?
To answer b) - it feels better to be Steven Spielberg's friend.
What did you think of the Pj Harvey concert that Twitter announced you were at?
I think she's extraordinary.
Why do you always seem to be wearing a hat when not in role?
I've always liked hats, since I was a teenager, and they used to be »
- Guardian Staff
This review is based on the entire first season.
Production values run high within Netflix’s new blockbuster series The Crown, with everything from opulent operating rooms to the sunny waves of Malta providing the backdrop to the show’s royal drama. Centering on the cancer-stricken fall of King George VI, and subsequent rise to power of Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown isn’t too far removed from other similarly themed period pieces.
But while Netflix’s series feels unsurprising – the opening hours especially have long, languid stretches – it also revels in the deep pockets of the company’s production department to fascinatingly gorgeous ends. With the added bonus of creator Peter Morgan’s understated writing, the ultimate result is a slow burn of a show that’s entirely worth checking out for anyone interested in this kind of detail-rich historical drama.
The slowly unfolding machinations of the British Monarchy »
- Mitchel Broussard
"And, if I may: never let them see the real Elizabeth Windsor," Winston Churchill warns his young queen in Netflix's new drama The Crown. "Never let them see that carrying the crown is often a burden. Let them look at you, but let them see only the eternal." For those who didn't grow up under the British monarchy (and even for some who did), Queen Elizabeth can be a hard person in whom to find sympathy. She is the cold, distant symbol of an obsolete but fabulously wealthy system and has held a hard line on its antiquated rules, which at various points in her lifetime stood in the way of her uncle, her sister, and her son from marrying the people they loved because the various institutions of church and state did not approve. Peter Morgan once wrote a wonderful film — The Queen, the middle piece in his trilogy »
- Alan Sepinwall
4 items from 2016
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