Netflix are globally renowned for their impressive Netflix Original Series, in the past the world has gone into a frenzy of binge watching Original’s such as Narcos, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and Stranger Things. They have now introduced their newest venture, and its a little closer to home than a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut.
The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world -Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
Two houses, two courts, one Crown.
Each season of The Crown will explore the political rivalries and personal intrigues across a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, exploring the delicate balance between her private world and public life. Season one begins with a 25-year-old Princess faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
A YOUNG QUEEN
In 1947 Britain is still reeling from the devastation of the Second World War. Streets and buildings are yet to be rebuilt following the air raid campaigns that destroyed many cities throughout the United Kingdom. Basic food supplies are still being rationed and the government͛s coffers are running precariously low. But against this backdrop the nation is momentarily mesmerised by the nuptials of the beautiful young princess Elizabeth to the dashing Philip Mountbatten.
Princess Elizabeth fully expects to have many years of married bliss before ascending to thethrone; time for her husbands burgeoning career in the Navy to flourish and to raise a family in splendid isolation in Malta. But her simple life is cut short when her father, King George VI, dies unexpectedly, and at the age of 25, she inherits the Crown, and the unimaginable burden it brings.
“͞The Crown brings with it a set of responsibilities and fundamentally realigns the power structure in a way that can only be challenging”, says creator, Peter Morgan. Suddenly, Elizabeth is no longer just a wife, a sister, or a daughter. She is the Queen, the head of the family, thehead of state, the head of the Church of England, and the head of the Commonwealth of Nations.
“͞What’s made itso interesting to write is not this or that historical event.” says Morgan, “It’s been that this is a family, and within that family is the Crown, and the Crown is a bomb that changes the structure of everything.”
Film composer, Hans Zimmer, was instantly attracted to compose the music for The Crown, his first ever television project. “This medium lets us tell the story in a different way, he says. It lets us be expansive, it lets us really investigate these characters that we think we know already. Of course, the fact is, we know nothing.”
THE WRONG MONARCH
Elizabeth was never supposed tobe Queen. Her beloved father, King George VI, only assumed the throne after his older brother David, a.k.a. King Edward VIII, abdicated in order to marry a twice-divorcee, American Wallis Simpson, in 1936. The scandal shook the Monarchy and the British establishment at a time when many royal families were being over thrown, leaving his younger brother to save the Crown. He (King George VI) never wanted to be King, says Jared Harris, who plays the ailing Monarch known affectionately as Bertie. He was a doting father to both his children, Elizabeth and Margaret and they were a strong family unit, alongside his wife Elizabeth, later known affectionately as The Queen Mother. They had a very strong identity, which of course, was a very tough thing to maintain the moment he came monarch, and then his daughter has the same problem when she is Queen.
Its a family saga in many ways, but its also way more than that,” says Mackie. Its about Britain, and its about who we are, and where we are in the very fast changing world post-war. Morgan and his team never wanted to do a weekly, this is what happened style-story about post-War Britain. “We’ve tried to be more elegant in the storytelling,” adds Mackie, “And inevitably you chart a period of British history that is incredibly complex, important and relevant.”
Each season of The Crown will explore the political rivalries and personal intrigues across a decade of Queen Elizabeth Its reign, exploring the delicate balance between her private world and public life. Netflix made a two season investment in The Crown, to tell the story of the worlds most famous family with the scale and elegance it deserves.
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