The Crown (2016– )
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A young Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Philip. As King George VI's health worsens, Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister for the second time.


Stephen Daldry


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Princess Elizabeth
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth
Jared Harris ... King George VI
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Eileen Atkins ... Queen Mary
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Ben Miles ... Peter Townsend


In 1947 Prince Philip of Greece renounces his foreign titles to marry Princess Elizabeth, elder daughter of George VI. Her mother and Grandmother are less than complimentary about his family whilst the appearance of Shadow leader Winston Churchill at the lavish wedding sets his rivals whispering that it is a show of politics. Following a general election Churchill is prime minister once more - to the delight of the king, who confides in him that he has lung cancer, but urges him to keep it a secret and Christmas passes without the family being informed. However George asks Elizabeth to represent him on an upcoming Commonwealth tour, whilst Elizabeth is asked to keep another secret by her sister Margaret, who is in love with commoner Peter Townsend. Written by don @ minifie-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?


For the operation scene director Stephen Daldry persuaded real transplant surgeons and nurses from Guy's Hospital, London, to act as their historic counterparts. One of them, Pankaj Chandak, a specialist registrar, stated that they soon got used to the period instruments, forgot the cameras and "it felt like a normal day in the operating theatre". He asked for one of the two prosthetic bodies to be donated to the Gordon Museum of Pathology at King's College, London, where it will be an educational prop. See more »


Charles and Anne are shown in Malta while Philip was stationed there. In reality, the children were at home in the UK with their nanny. See more »


Peter Townsend: It was a young lady named Sally / Who enjoyed the occasional dally / She sat on the lap / Of a well-endowed chap, / And cried: "Sir, you're right up my alley!"
King George VI: There was an old countess of Bray, / - And you may think it odd when I say - / That despite her high station, / Rank, and education, / She always spelled "cunt" with a K.
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I Vow To Thee, My Country
Lyrics by Cecil Spring-Rice
Music by Gustav Holst
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9 November 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The first episode begins with an obviously ill George VI preparing to give daughter Elizabeth away to Philip Mountbatten. He has the same hesitancy as any father. We are led to believe he sees Philip as a bit of a cold fish. Meanwhile, Winston Churchill (played by John Lithgow) has been re-elected Prime Minister. He and the King are a bit at odds, but there is restrained respect for one another. Shortly after the wedding, George has a lung removed. He has a horrible cough and smokes incessantly. We know history and we know this is not good. Elizabeth begins to suspect that something is more serious. She is going to have begin to learn the ropes in order to take over if something final happens. The marriage appears to be one of tension and some fear. The exchanges of vows are quite pregnant. As the episode ends, Elizabeth and her new husband are about to embark on visits to British colonies because George can't manage the travel. Excellent beginning.

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