The Crown (2016– )
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Margaret and Peter come to Elizabeth with a request. With a royal scandal about to break in the newspapers, the Queen Mother intervenes.


Julian Jarrold


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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
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Alex Jennings ... David, Duke of Windsor
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Ben Miles ... Peter Townsend
Daniel Ings ... Mike Parker
Lizzy McInnerny ... Bobo Macdonald
Lia Williams ... Wallis Simpson
Paul Thornley ... Bill Mattheson


Whilst Philip is concerned about Nasser's overthrow of King Farouk in Egypt, the affair between Margaret and Townsend has not escaped the attention of certain newspapers who go to press with it. Margaret asks her sister to sanction their marriage and, despite Philip's disapproval, Elizabeth promises to help. However, Lascelles and the queen mother point out that by law Margaret must wait a further two years until she is twenty-five. Consequently Townsend is posted to Brussels whilst Margaret is on a royal tour of Rhodesia and the romance is curtailed, the press being generally sympathetic to the lovers and perceiving the monarchy as being cruel. Written by don @ minifie-1

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


When Queen Elizabeth boards her aircraft, a Vickers Viscount, the sound played for its engines is that of a piston engine, whereas the Viscount was powered by turboprops. Later, as she exits the aircraft, red plugs are visible in the engines which are supposed to be removed prior to flight - revealing the aircraft as a static display from a museum. See more »


Newspaper Proprietor: This is not just inflammatory, it breaks all the rules.
Newspaper Editor: What rules, sir?
Newspaper Proprietor: The unspoken rules of deference and respect shown by the media to the Royal family.
Newspaper Editor: But surely those rules changed the moment they invited television into the coronation.
Newspaper Proprietor: That was their right, and a huge concession.
Newspaper Editor: To what?
Newspaper Proprietor: Popular interest.
Newspaper Editor: Their interest also. Look at their standing now, it's never been higher. The question we in the fourth estate need to be asking ourselves is, do we let ourselves be used, or do we have our ...
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God Save the Queen
Written by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performed by Vanessa Kirby
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Every Move They Make
29 November 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This focus on the affair of Princess Margaret further brings to light how everyone in the royal circle is affected by every nuance that takes place. Centuries of tradition and manipulation by pompous rulers and their ilk is dredged up. The word "scandal" is constantly applied. Other than for their own titillation, the great unwashed of England seem to think that the monarchy matters. They do, certainly, but to themselves. Margaret and her paramour are victims because they are caught under an umbrella of shame for being human. The young Queen shows relative spinelessness, being constantly intimidated by the Queen Mother and Thomas, her lackey. Every time I look at him, I think of G. Gordon Liddy, part of the Watergate affair, with that black mustache and piercing eyes. He is filled with self righteousness and mean spiritedness. I had never heard the word "gelignite" before. Apparently, it is an explosive substance that must be kept under wraps. Certainly, a very appropriate title.

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4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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2.00 : 1
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