is the Netflix series true to historical reality?


THE CROWN SEASON 4 – The Netflix series on the reign of Elizabeth II, season 4 of which will be online on November 15, offers a behind-the-scenes look at Buckingham Palace. But are the facts mentioned faithful to reality?

[Mis à jour le 15 novembre 2020 à 9h00] Since November 2016, The Crown has offered to look through the imposing keyhole of Buckingham Palace. The series looks back on the reign of Elizabeth II, from the 1950s to contemporary times. Season 4, posted on Netflix, looks back at the 1980s, marked by the tumultuous arrivals of Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street and Princess Diana at Buckingham Palace. But that viewers are not mistaken: The Crown certainly returns with great precision on real historical events, but certain parts – the most intimate in particular – are largely romanticized. “Overall, it tells the real story well but, to make it a series, the writers have taken a lot of more or less serious liberties”, explained Joffrey Ricome, co-author of The Crown, the true of the false, at the microphone of Franceinfo.

The Crown has thus taken liberties with historical reality. For example, if rumors have hinted that Prince Philip would have had one or more relationships, nothing has been proven, while the series seems to take sides in this direction: “There is no proof extramarital affairs of the prince consort. There were certainly rumors but nothing proved, “detailed Joffrey Ricome in his interview with Franceinfo. According to him, Princess Margaret’s supposed jealousy of her sister is also exaggerated: “She wasn’t, she was fine where she was. Margaret loved to party. And as being queen is very cumbersome, she was thrilled. to be number 2! ” The relationship between the Queen and Jackie Kennedy also drew several criticisms, and the stay of the former first lady of the United States did not go as badly as described. Season 4

What does the royal family think of The Crown?

The Queen’s communications officer told The Guardian in September 2019 that “the royal household has never agreed to verify or approve the content of The Crown, never asked to know what topics would be discussed and no ‘will never express a view on the accuracy of the program. The Daily Express also reported in 2017 that Elizabeth II had watched the first two seasons: if she would have appreciated the first, although it is very “romanticized”, she would not have liked the way the second portrayed icy relations between Prince Philip and his son Charles.

If the first three bursts of episodes of The Crown had delighted the critics, this one is rave about this season 4: “Bewitching, moving, daring, it exceeded all our expectations” comments Le Figaro. “Sublime and exciting, [The Crown est] more than ever the best series Netflix“, comments bluntly First. The journalist specializing in cinemas and television series praises “a drama of extraordinary beauty, in which reality (admittedly romanticized) sublimates fiction […] The dialogues, of an often scathing ferocity, are always so fantastic, of overwhelming confessions in hilarious jousting. And once again, the pen of Peter Morgan is magnified by a dantesque “production value”, certainly the most cinematographic on the small screen. ” Vanity Fair also praises for its part “a new chapter of great quality” but finds fault with the way in which the relationship between Charles and Diana is treated: “the deconstruction of the fairy tale ends up taking a turn a bit repetitive, making us agree to the final remonstrances of the queen. ” Only a few more days of waiting before discovering season 4 of The Crown, which is also the last tour of the current actors before being replaced for the rest.

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Synopsis – The Crown is a Netflix series that follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II. From his arrival on the British throne to his coronation, through the personal conflicts of the royal family and political intrigue, the episodes look back on his years of reign.

A new season of The Crown is a small event on Netflix. For now, the series has three seasons, ten episodes each. Season 4 is expected at the end of 2020: it is November 15, 2020, from 9:01 am, that fans of royal intrigues will be able to discover the rest of the series, which will notably see the arrival of Lady Diana and Margaret Thatcher.

In season 4 of The Crown, fans of this series will be able to discover the 1980s as seen by the royal family, between the Falklands War which divided the Commonwealth, the tensions between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher, and the complicated romance between Charles and Diana. The full sequel trailer was shared on Netflix’s social media, and can be viewed below.

The Crown has a specificity compared to other Netflix series: the cast changes every two seasons. The reason is simple: the series focusing on the reign of Elizabeth II looks back on different eras, from the 1940s to modern times. Instead of indefinitely aging the actors, the showrunners made the choice to hire different actors for each character, symbolizing each era of their life. Find the main cast of The Crown below:

  • Elizabeth II: Claire Foy (season 1 and 2), Olivia Colman (season 3 and 4), Imelda Staunton (season 5 and 6)
  • Philip Mountbatten: Matt Smith (season 1 and 2), Tobias Menzies (season 3 and 4), Jonathan Pryce (season 5 and 6)
  • Prince Charles: Billy Jenkins (season 1), Julian Baring (season 2), Josh O’Connor (season 3 and 4)
  • Princess Anne: Erin Doherty (season 3 and 4)
  • Princess Margaret: Vanessa Kirby (season 1 and 2), Helena Bonham Carter (season 3 and 4), Lesley Manville (season 5 and 6)
  • Diana Spencer: Emma Corrin (season 4), Elizabeth Debicki (season 5 and 6)
  • Prince Andrew : Tom Byrne (saison 4)
  • Camilla Shand: Emerald Fennell (season 3 and 4)
  • Margaret Thatcher : Gillian Anderson (saison 4)
  • Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon: Victoria Hamilton (season 1 and 2), Marion Bailey (season 3 and 4)
  • Antony Armstrong-Jones: Matthew Goode (season 2), Ben Daniels (season 3 and 4)
  • Louis Mountbatten: Greg Wise (season 1 and 2), Charles Dance (season 3 and 4)
  • Edouard VIII: Alex Jennings (season 1 and 2), Derek Jacobi (season 3)
  • Wallis Simpson: Lia Williams (season 1 and 2), Geraldine Chaplin (season 3 and 4)
  • Anthony Eden: Jeremy Northam (season 1 and 2)
  • Winston Churchill : John Lithgow (saison 1)
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Michael C. Hall (Season 2)
  • Jackie Kennedy: Jodi Balfour (season 2)
  • Alice of Battenberg: Rosalind Knight (season 1), Jane Lapotaire (season 3)

Young actress Emma Corrin finds her first major role in The Crown, playing young Diana Spencer at the start of her marriage to the Prince of Wales. A few days before the online streaming of season 4, the actress confided in her role, and particularly on a scene which “felt emotionally”, as she revealed to the magazine Point of view : “I remember the shooting of the scene where she dances on the stage of the Royal Opera House for Charles’ birthday. A key moment in the story of their marriage where Diana gets naked, reaches out to her husband for tell her she loves him. I was upset to a point that I never imagined. ” To step into Lady Di’s shoes, Emma Corrin rehearsed with a phonetics teacher to reproduce her pronunciation, while taking dance lessons and working on her gait. In season 5 of The Crown, it will be Elizabeth Debicki, seen in Tenet, The Widows or the Magnificent Gatsby, who inherits the role.

The Crown is a series created and broadcast on Netflix since November 4, 2016. To discover the new episodes in streaming, it is enough to have a subscription to the platform. They are then visible in unlimited directly on the site. Note that seasons 1, 2 and 3 are also available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures.

The Crown season 4 – on Netflix November 15, 2020

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