The Crown (2016– )
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As the Soviets test the H-bomb, both Churchill and Eden have major health crises. Angry about her inadequate education, Elizabeth hires a tutor.


Benjamin Caron


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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
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Verity Russell Verity Russell ... Young Princess Elizabeth
Beau Gadsdon ... Young Princess Margaret
James Hillier ... Equerry (Buckingham Palace)
Will Keen ... Michael Adeane


Elizabeth feels that her education makes her inadequate to converse with clever statesmen so she enlists the aid of private tutor Professor Hogg. Following the Russians exploding the H-bomb Foreign Secretary Eden is sent to America to see President Eisenhower but he is not a well man and the talks do not go ahead whilst back home Churchill also suffers a stroke but keeps it from the queen, to stay in office. Learning the truth she is angry and rebukes him as well as standing up to the out-going Lascelles over the choice of his successor, having learnt self-confidence, rather than facts from her tutor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The scene showing Eton College was actually filmed at Winchester College. See more »


The opening scene states it is 1940 with a large number of bombers flying over Windsor Castle. They are, unmistakably, Lancasters but in actual fact the Lancaster was not introduced until 1942. See more »


Lord Salisbury: Ma'am.
Queen Elizabeth II: It has come to my attention that for a period of time last week, my Prime Minister was incapacitated. And the Foreign Secretary, too. And that you colluded in keeping that information from me.
Lord Salisbury: Your Maj...
Queen Elizabeth II: No, it is not my job to govern. But it is my job to ensure proper governance. But how can I do that if my ministers lie and plot and hide the truth from me? You have prevented me from doing my duty. You have hampered and bamboozled the proper functioning of the Crown. How could you? My own...
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A strong arc for Elizabeth is accentuated by powerful performances from Foy and Lithgow.
8 November 2016 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

This episode finally brought something I have been anticipating eagerly... corgis! That's right, the famous royal corgis make their first significant appearance in this episode. They have been visible in the background a couple times before, but they were not actively featured. Now, they get a scene with Churchill and are even referred to by name.

However, corgis notwithstanding, the performances are the real standout aspect of the episode. Claire Foy does a great job with her character arc in this episode, and it's a great arc she was given to work with. Elizabeth finds herself uncertain when she realizes that her education was extremely lacking and she is horribly ill-equipped to deal with the people she meets regularly. The episode is all about Elizabeth finding herself, learning how to be confident and in control. Near the end, she has a scene where she finally comes into her own and it is in equal parts exhilarating and terrifying.

John Lithgow also does marvellous work in this episode, showing a side of Churchill we have not seen thus far. He does a great job bouncing off Foy. It's a shame that neither of them will be on the show past season 2; Churchill will most likely be dead, and Foy will have been replaced with an older actor (the show-runners said that they will replace the main cast every second season, to keep up with the aging of the characters).

Overall, this episode is very strong. Elizabeth has a very well-defined arc and Churchill has much more screen time than he did in the last couple episodes. Philip is used sparingly but to great effect.

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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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