The Crown (Netflix)

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  52 min.
Release Date: November 4, 2016 - November 4, 2016 (VOD)

Current rating: Rating: 4.33
based on 12 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Claire Foy, James Hillier, Jeremy Northam, Jared Harris, Ben Miles, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby


Based on the award-winning play The Audience, this Netflix original series tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), beginning with her marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith). Just as she's settling into life as a young wife and mother, her beloved father, King George VI (Jared Harris), passes away, due to lung cancer.

As his eldest daughter, Elizabeth has to adjust to being the Queen. She navigates life as the monarch of a nation that has recently come through a war. With Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) as Prime Minister, she grows accustomed to her new duties, though she's dismayed at having been given the responsibility at such a young age. Meanwhile, an aging Churchill struggles to keep hold of his position as other members of government ask him to step down.

Philip has trouble adjusting too, as he is no longer the head of the family. Of royal descent himself, he has to bow and kneel to the new monarch and yield to her wishes. He begins to rebel at this new situation, in which he feels emasculated. Elizabeth also has to deal with her difficult younger sister Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), who has been having an affair with married staff member Peter Townsend (Ben Miles).

Director: Stephen Daldry, Peter Morgan, Benjamin Caron
Studio: Netflix
Producer(s): Robert Fox, Matthew Byam-Shaw, Stephen Daldry
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  • 5 stars "Awesome portrayal!!!"
  • 1 star "The acting and cinematography is well done but the story line is hard to believe...the only one who could have turn the queen into such a poor hard done by, everyone tells me what to do, would be the queen herself. Far too much of how the queen's instinct was right and the establishment was always wrong. It is clear this show is only to draw in sympathy for the royal family and the queen. Very poorly done!"