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
During the pre-title "panelists arriving for the recording" sequences of the Sky/CPL series "A League of their Own", while some of the series was recorded during their Elstree (Film) Studios George Lucas Stage period, a large distinct exterior standing set, with green screen elements,can be seen in the background. This is the Buckingham Palace exterior set built on the Elstree backlot located close to the George Lucas Stage, and the large Elstree Studios water tank site, which was at the time was being used as the "Big Brother (UK)" house. This also explains news reports during the time of filming "The Crown" that live "Big Brother" events would affect filming of "The Crown" - most obviously the noisy crowds and fireworks, as the 2 different series' sets and studios are literally back to back. See more »
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 »
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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