The Crown (2016– )
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With King George too ill to travel, Elizabeth and Phillip embark on a four-continent Commonwealth tour. Party leaders attempt to undermine Churchill.


Stephen Daldry


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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
Jared Harris ... King George VI
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Eileen Atkins ... Queen Mary
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Ben Miles ... Peter Townsend
Lizzy McInnerny ... Bobo Macdonald


The early life of Elizabeth II at the point of her marriage in late 1947 during King George VI reign. Through the point in English history when Winston Churchill was elected for a second time as Prime Minister in 1951. The young Elizabeth Begins to understand and learn the responsibilities of the crown. The series explores the relationship of marriage and British leadership beginning with episode 1.

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Drama | History


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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?


American-born John Lithgow graduated from Harvard college with an A.B. magna cum laude in 1967, in history and literature. He lived in Adams House as an undergraduate. After graduation, Lithgow won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in west London. See more »


The King refers to Anthony Eden as Foreign Secretary. While Eden was the Foreign Secretary he was also the Deputy Prime Minister. But Deputy Prime Minister is not a fixed constitutional role whose precedence outweighs one of the Great Offices of State (Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary). The King, along with everybody else, undoubtedly called Eden "Foreign Secretary" in real life. See more »


Sir Winston Churchill: [broadcasting his eulogy for the King] When the death of the King was announced to us yesterday morning, there struck a deep and somber note in our lives, which resounded far and wide, stilled the clatter and traffic of 20th century life, and made countless millions of human beings around the world pause and look around them. The King was greatly loved by all his peoples. The greatest shocks ever felt by this island fell upon us in his reign. Never, in our long history were we exposed to greater...
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Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby
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Such Dignity; Such Pomposity
10 November 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This series moves into some really interesting territory. Part 1 concludes with Elizabeth and Philip off to parts everywhere, looking over the imperialist holdings of the British Empire. It is disgusting to watch the natives of these lands have to kowtow to these pompous representatives of an abusive government. Unfortunately, this is probably an accurate portrayal, and so we are privy to what wen on. George VI is dying of lung cancer and his children are not aware of the severity. We know he will die soon and it's just a matter of time before the new Queen is put in power. We get a look at the relationship between Elizabeth and Philip which started out cold but began to blossom. The great tension of Part 2 has to do with this young woman suddenly having to take the reins when she has been living the carefree life of a young adult. There are stunning scenes in the jungles near Nairobi, Kenya. Also, the interplay among the servants and the royals themselves is fascinating. Great camera shots and excellent acting. The actress playing Elizabeth has the most expressive face.

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