Netflix has revealed the first trailer for the upcoming drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip. This is Netflix’s biggest and most expensive original series to date, costing $156 million to produce. The ten-part series will air later in 2016 and is described as a “gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain’s post-war destiny”. The Crown also stars John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, Greg Wise as Lord Louis Mountbatten, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, Jared Harris as George VI and Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden.

Netflix has strangely called the trailer “Sizzle”, which makes little sense, but it’s certainly a compelling first look at the series. Watch below.

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

5 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    It seems to me to be a strange idea for a 10 part series. There will be many people still alive who could sue if they are portrayed in a manner they do not like.

    • Olga Hughes

      It’s actually based on Peter Morgan’s play ‘The Audience’. I am sure writers who are writing fiction based on people that are still living take far fewer liberties than those who make up whatever rubbish they like after someone has died.

      • Jasmine

        I would like to think so, however there tends to be a view that the royals won’t sue. That has resulted in some terrible stuff being put on TV in the guise of ‘documentaries’.

      • Olga Hughes

        The Audience is an acclaimed play starring Helen Mirren, and Netflix has made some fantastic shows in the last couple of years. Their series on Pablo Escobar was particularly good. So I am confident this one will be good

        Considering that most historical documentaries I watch are rubbish I wouldn’t put these shows in the same category. I have started heckling documentaries while I watch them, I’m a menace.

        I know there was a recent movie on Diana which apparently upset the man it was based on, Hasnat Khan, but he couldn’t seem to do anything about it.

  2. Jasmine

    As I don’t watch Netflix stuff, I will only ever get a sense of it from reviews.
    I shout at documentaries too – you are not alone…………..