The Crown (2016– )
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Philip insists that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.


Stephen Daldry


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Finn Elliot ... Young Prince Philip
Julian Baring Julian Baring ... Prince Charles
Burghart Klaußner ... Kurt Hahn (as Burghart Klaussner)
Leonie Benesch ... Princess Cecile
Greg Wise ... Lord Mountbatten
August Wittgenstein ... Grand Duke Georg Donatus (as August Wittengenstein)
Guy Williams Guy Williams ... Prince Andrea
Sophie Leigh Stone Sophie Leigh Stone ... Princess Alice (as Sophie Stone)
Eliza Sodró Eliza Sodró ... Princess Sophie
Lewis Macleod ... Iain Tennant (as Lewis MacLeod)
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ... Peter Beck
Ollie Pitman Ollie Pitman ... Simon Harper
Kit Redding Kit Redding ... Young Jim Orr


Philip insists that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.

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This episode represents a small chronological backtrack for the series, as the previous episode ended with the Kennedy assassination (November 1963). Charles started attending Gordonstoun prior to that, in April 1962. See more »


When Prince Philip bring Charlies to his new school, they proceed to take a photograph. You can see the prince's hands start from behind his back to the front, then back to front again. See more »


Lord Mountbatten: You may hate him now, but one day, God willing, you will be a father yourself. And you will fall short, as all parents do. And be hated. And you will know what it is to pray for the forgiveness from your own son.
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written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played during the funeral scene
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At least as good as the rest
19 January 2018 | by BenignPillowsSee all my reviews

This season has been one episode more excellent than the last, but I dreaded this particular episode. Knowing what it was about, I expected endless scenes of bullying and child abuse. Leave it to The Crown, however, to craft something as un-melodramatic as it gets, something not only original, but beautiful, moving, and tragic. It avoids absolutely all cliches, and the cinematography, exquisite so far in the series, is simply out of this world in this episode. All of this serves to give a clear understanding of how the Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun represented something totally different to Prince Phillip than to Prince Charles. It's hard to understand why Phillip insisted on such a brutal school for his son - while not excusing it, this goes some way to explain it. The scenes with Teen Philip are especially good, but I found the most poignant one to be one of the few featuring the Queen herself. It's the closing scene, but doesn't really contain spoilers: Elizabeth watches Charles arrive home from Gordonstoun on holiday - from a window. She sees him being greeted and hugged (by a nanny, presumably) but stays away herself. Even when he comes inside, she doesn't go to meet him, but walks in a different direction. You expect the episode to be about Charles' relationship with his father, and it is, but this one wordless scene spoke volumes about the relationship with his mother. It's been puzzling that the children have played such small parts in the series so far, and that almost every time we've actually seen them, the Queen is shown viewing them from a distance. Now I realize this hasn't been a coincidence. It hasn't been because of bad child actors or because other stories have been preferred. It's reflected the kids' actual relative part in Elizabeth's life. And who knows what's more damaging for children - bullying, a harsh father, or a cold, distant mother?

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8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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2.00 : 1
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