The Crown (2016– )
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A salacious government scandal hits close to home for Elizabeth and Philip. Elizabeth retreats to Scotland for the rest of a difficult pregnancy.


Benjamin Caron


Peter Morgan (created by), Peter Morgan | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Matthew Goode ... Tony Armstrong-Jones
Anton Lesser ... Harold MacMillan
Will Keen ... Michael Adeane
Richard Lintern ... Stephen Ward
Tim Steed ... John Profumo
Mark Tandy ... Cecil Beaton
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Dorothy MacMillan
Patrick Warner Patrick Warner ... Peter Cook
Ryan Sampson ... Dudley Moore
Joshua Lacey Joshua Lacey ... Jonathan Miller (as Josh Lacey)
Seb Carrington ... Alan Bennett


A salacious government scandal hits close to home for Elizabeth and Philip. Elizabeth retreats to Scotland for the rest of a difficult pregnancy.

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When taking the photo of the Royal family, the lines said ("This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars" and "This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England") are from John of Gaunt's speech in Shakespeare's "The Life and Death of Richard the Second" (Act 2, Scene 1). See more »


John Profumo was incorrectly referred to as the Minister of War as his correct title is War Secretary. See more »


Queen Elizabeth II: Look... I'm strong. You know that. And I can cope with the truth. I just demand to know the truth. It's when people don't tell me the truth that I can't bear it.
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The subtle, poignant send-off to an outstanding cast.
12 December 2017 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

I know this isn't the end of the show, but it sure feels like it. The Crown is planned to last six seasons, but the entire cast will be changed up every second season. That means this is the last episode for Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and all the other actors. I'm sure the new cast will be equally fantastic, but for me so much of the atmosphere comes from these specific performances that it will undoubtedly feel like a completely different show. In certain ways, this episode even feels like a series finale (albeit a quiet and low-key one).

The main plot of the episode is a scandal that I frankly didn't understand, which has something to do with Phillip, a chiropractor, and a communist lady spy. I feel the episode could have done a much better job of explaining the situation, though it ultimately didn't matter that I was unable to follow the minutiae, as it was only really there to set up the final confrontation between Elizabeth and Phillip. Of all the actors in the show's first two seasons, they will be the most sorely missed. Their final scene together in this episode serves as a beautiful and surprising button to their time on the show.

On the whole, while this episode isn't all that eventful, it serves as a very fitting and bitter-sweet way of saying goodbye to a fantastic cast, with a particularly poignant final outing from Claire Foy and Matt Smith.

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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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