So, You Want to Start Watching The Crown

Can you dive into the Netflix series for the first time with season four? Sure! But there are some things you should know first.

The fourth season of The Crown is the first one to cover some of the most familiar stories about the royal family. It’s the first foray into Charles and Diana, it’s the first time the series gets into modern politics and the Thatcher area, and it’s also the first time that its central figure, Queen Elizabeth, resembles something closer to the monarch we know today. It’s also a great season of TV, with more energy and momentum than the show has had in previous years. It’s fun and gossipy, in its own deeply serious, painstakingly psychoanalytical kind of way.

So, let’s say you’ve never seen the show and are now interested in jumping in with season four. Will that work? Do you need to watch the beginning to know what’s going on? Can you just skip straight to the juicy parts?

Short answer: Sure, knock yourself out!

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New and familiar faces in fourth season of ‘The Crown’ 

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson and Peter Morgan. Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown” season four.

By Matthew Gilbert | Boston Globe

I’m already excited about season 4 of “The Crown,” even though season 3 only just became available on Netflix. Partly that’s because I want more of Olivia Colman’s more withholding version of the queen, but it’s also because I am eager to see Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher. That just sounds too good to be true. By the way, Anderson has been dating show creator Peter Morgan since 2016.

Another nice upcoming bit: Claire Foy, the original Queen Elizabeth actress, will return to the series in season 4 in a flashback sequence. The flashback will take place in 1947, before Elizabeth became queen, when she toured South Africa to celebrate her 21st birthday. Fortunately, there will be no strained effort to make Colman look younger. Season 4 will also include Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer, soon to be Princess Diana.

Source BOSTON GLOBE: New and familiar faces in fourth season of ‘The Crown’ – The Boston Globe

The Crown, Season 2: How True Is It?

It sure seems real, sumptuously produced and beautifully acted. But how much truth? How much fiction?

Season 2 of the successful Netflix series The Crown that premieres Friday, December 8,  kicks off with a taboo subject: the rumored infidelity of the British monarch’s husband, Prince Philip, with a fictional ballet dancer (which is based on rumors at the time of an affair with the actress Pat Kirkwood.)

At the same time, some biographers like Sarah Bradford in her book Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times, present his infidelity as a fact, adding that she talked with two women who had been romantically involved with the royal consort.

The answer about how close is The Crown to the real life of the British royals, though, is very nuanced. After all, throughout its history the royal family has become quite adept at keeping secrets.

“The series is incredibly accurate and true to the history,” Robert Lacey, a historical biographer and consultant for the series who just published his new book, The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955), told royal correspondent Tom Sykes. “If you go into the Left Bank offices—Left Bank being the company producing the series for Netflix—the first thing you see is a huge newsroom with eight full-time researchers working away, and that’s just the start, the raw material.” | Read More at : The Crown, Season 2: How True Is It?