The Crown (2016– )
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After Elizabeth makes a tone-deaf speech at a Jaguar factory, she and the monarchy come under public attack by an outspoken lord.

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... Queen Elizabeth II
... Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
... Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
... Princess Margaret
... Harold MacMillan
... Lord Altrincham
... Michael Adeane
... Patricia Campbell
... Robin Day
... Martin Charteris
... Tommy Lascelles
... Humphrey
... Gloria
... Dermot
Edmund Digby-Jones ... Junior Press Secretary
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After Elizabeth makes a tone-deaf speech at a Jaguar factory, she and the monarchy come under public attack by an outspoken lord.

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Filming took place at Adverikie House, in Scotland, also. This is the same location where the series, "Monarch of the Glen" was filmed. See more »

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As Michael Adeane is reading the prepared draft for the Queen's speech to be given at the Jaguar factory, he adds (in pencil) "as a whole" to a paragraph where the words are already typed down. See more »

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A gripping look at the inevitability and toll of modernization.
9 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

For me, this episode is the best one since "Assassins" from the first season. It follows a new character, a newspaperman and lord, in his very public and vocal criticisms of the monarchy. These criticisms expose a greater sense of unease in the country, and eventually force Elizabeth to make some fundamental changes to her approach. In many ways, this episode is a microcosm of the show's central theme; an exploration of the value of and problems with a monarchy in the modern age.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this episode is the way that it manages to not only flesh out a completely new character in a short period of time, but to make me root for him despite the fact that he is creating nothing but trouble for our usual protagonists. John Heffernan plays him as a paragon of reason and modernity, and I agree with everything he says in the episode.

And yet, despite the fact that I agree with everything Lord Altrincham says, I also can't help but feel bad for Elizabeth. She's put in a very difficult and painful position in this episode, and though I do believe that modernization was both inevitable and for the better, the episode does also show the enormous toll that it took on Elizabeth and her mother. She doesn't want to reveal her true self, but she is forced to.

In short, this is a fantastic episode which sums up everything The Crown is about, offers the origin of the Queen's famous Christmas address, and features a fantastic showdown between Claire Foy and John Heffernan.


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