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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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Friday, December 8, 2017

A salacious government scandal hits close to home for Elizabeth and Philip. Elizabeth retreats to Scotland for the rest of a difficult pregnancy.


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Cast

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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Genres:

Drama | History

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Country:

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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Budget:

$156,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth II), Eileen Atkins (Queen Mary) & Ed Stoppard (Tony Longdon) also worked together on Upstairs Downstairs (2010) as Lady Persephone Towyn, Maud, Lady Holland & Sir Hallam Holland respectively. See more »

Goofs

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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User Reviews

 
Slick and well executed, the Crown is drama at its finest.
4 November 2016 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

The Crown boasts no action sequences or big movie stars, and yet it is one of the most expensive shows of all time. Why? Because of the sheer attention to detail. Aside from the fully historically accurate costumes and locations, the show is just gorgeous to look at. The lighting, the cinematography, and everything else visual about it is on point. It's quite apparent none of that money went to waste.

The show doesn't just look gorgeous, though. It is also compelling, well written, and well performed. In fact, almost every element is perfectly executed, which means that no single one stands out above the rest, but rather they work in harmony. And that is the show's greatest success; the fact that it all comes together smoothly into a neat, binge-able, high quality package.

Mind you, the reason I enjoy the Crown so much is that I knew what to expect when I went into it. This is NOT a fast-paced, action-packed, edge-of-your-seat experience. It is a character drama about the royal family. It runs at a slow pace. Yet it is gripping all the same.

That's why it is so good to know that Netflix made such a large investment in this series; they're taking chances and funding original and unusual things in an era when Hollywood is afraid to do anything that isn't already an existing intellectual property. I hope that the Crown blows up like Stranger Things. I hope it gets all the attention it deserves.


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