British historical drama ‘The Crown’ has indeed become the ‘Queen’ of shows currently with the release of the highly anticipated fourth season on November 15, 2020 depicting the Life of Lady Diana and the Royal Wedding.
The show has been praised for its screenplay, directing, acting and cinematography and has been nominated for Best Drama TV Series at the 77th Golden Globe Awards. This series has received praises as well as criticism for manipulating historic events. Nevertheless, it is the favorite of fans of all ages. The Crown has been created by Peter Morgan from his play The Audience (2013).
The show changes its cast after every two seasons. They include:
- Claire Foy (seasons 1–2,) and Olivia Colman (seasons 3–4) as Queen Elizabeth II
- Matt Smith (seasons 1–2) and Tobias Menzies (seasons 3–4) as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
- Vanessa Kirby (seasons 1–2) and Helena Bonham Carter (seasons 3–4) as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
- Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary
- Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden
- Victoria Hamilton (seasons 1–2) and Marion Bailey (seasons 3–4) as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
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The story begins with the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 her leading the World’s most prominent Monarchy while shaping her relationship with Sir Winston Churchill, the then Prime Minister of England. The political world is in disarray but with Elizabeth emerging as the Queen, the world politics faces a new era. The show also portrays the story of Princess Margaret (the Queen’s sister) and her non-willingness to marry Peter Townsend.
Furthermore, the show displays the Queen’s private journey behind her public semblance. The second season talks about the Suez Crisis and the aim of the United Kingdom and France to gain control of the Suez Channel. This phase also included the second Arab-Israeli war and included the scandal of the Profumo affair and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964.
The very recent season which is the fourth season explored the entry of Lady Diana Spencer into the palace and one of the famous Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana during the era of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Events also depict the births of Princes William and Harry, the break-in to the Queen’s room by Michael Fagan and the famous Australia and New Zealand tour of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1983.
Peter Morgan has assured that the show will be having two more seasons, that is, Season 5 and 6. Currently, the show is on a filming break due to the pandemic and Season 5 is likely to release in 2022.