The Crown (2016– )
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Act of God 

When dense fog cripples London for days and creates a serious health hazard, Churchill's inaction leaves him vulnerable to his political enemies.

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Julian Jarrold

Writers:

Peter Morgan (created by), Peter Morgan | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Eileen Atkins ... Queen Mary
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Ben Miles ... Peter Townsend
James Hillier ... Equerry (Buckingham Palace)
Simon Chandler ... Clement Attlee
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Collins
Kate Phillips ... Venetia Scott
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Storyline

In December 1952 the country is in the grip of a deadly smog, which causes thousands of deaths, including that of Churchill's secretary Venetia Scott. Elizabeth confronts Churchill with the fact that the smog has been caused by chimney smoke from Conservative-built power stations, and his detractors seize upon this, calling for his resignation. However, he rises to the occasion with hospital visits and the promise of a public enquiry, leading to the Clean Air Act, and Elizabeth decides against his dismissal. Afterwards, Queen Mary tells her that it is not in the monarch's remit to engage in politics. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History

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Trivia

When Philip says that Townsend can perform some aerial acrobatics, there is a brief glimpse of Waddesson Manor and its grounds (including the aviary), a former residence of the Rothschild family, who bequeathed it to the National Trust. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the episode, Prince Philip notes that he has been made the most senior airman in the country (Marshal of the Royal Air Force). However, later on in the episode, the date is referred to as December 1952, despite Philip not being appointed Marshal of the Royal Air Force until January 1953. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Townsend: Fuel on.
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: Fuel on.
Peter Townsend: Chocks are in position. Switches are off. You sure about this, sir?
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: When I got married, my in-laws made me marshal of the Royal Air Force. As a result, I'm the most senior airman in the country, and I can't bloody well fly.
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Lacrimosa
written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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How to Blame Churchill for Climate Change
4 September 2020 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Boy oh boy the writer jumped on this. Winston Churchill is turned into a complete boob and basically a "global warming denier" here. Hollywood got a one/two punch here: destroying a great man of history and forwarding their agenda, all at once.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.00 : 1
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