The Crown (2016– )
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As Philip leaves for a long tour, Elizabeth makes an upsetting discovery. Prime Minister Eden wants to strike back after Egypt seizes the Suez Canal.


Philip Martin


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Anton Lesser ... Harold MacMillan
Will Keen ... Michael Adeane
Daniel Ings ... Mike Parker
Chloe Pirrie ... Eileen Parker
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Greg Wise ... Lord Mountbatten
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ... Anthony Nutting
Lizzy McInnerny ... Bobo Macdonald


As Philip leaves for a long tour, Elizabeth makes an upsetting discovery. Prime Minister Eden wants to strike back after Egypt seizes the Suez Canal.

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Queen Elizabeth II: [after Eden briefs her about the ongoing Suez Crisis] Before you go, I do have one or two questions. When you mentioned that the Israelis had launched an attack, you didn't seem surprised.
Anthony Eden: Why would I seem surprised?
Queen Elizabeth II: Unless I'm mistaken, the Israeli position has always been that they would, under no circumstances, launch a full-scale attack by themselves for fear of diplomatic isolation. And yet they've gone on to do precisely that, indicating that either they changed their mind, or there'd been ...
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Marriage troubles and a global crisis kick the season off splendidly.
8 December 2017 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

In the first episode of The Crown season 2, Elizabeth has two major problems to contend with; her husband Phillip, and the Suez Canal crisis. More specifically, she has to deal with Phillip's possible adultery and her Prime Minister's response to the Suez Canal crisis. This dual plot not only makes for an exciting way to open the season, but also highlights Elizabeth's growth as a character. By throwing her into hot water straight away, the show demonstrates how much she has changed since the start of the first season.

I personally found Margaret to be pretty irritating throughout the first season, largely due to the fact that she served mainly as a foil for Elizabeth, with little logic or consideration for the consequences of her actions. And though it's probably a little early to judge given that she only has one scene in this episode, I think I'm going to enjoy her a lot more this season. The new Margaret is bitter, sarcastic, and full of quips. I probably still won't sympathize with her, but at least she will be fun to watch.

On the whole, this is an elegant way to open the second season of The Crown. It balances the various stories very well, setting up a number of threads for the season to follow and ultimately tying them all back to Elizabeth.

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8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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