The Crown is one of those television drama series that divides opinion, partly because of the range of views people have about the monarchy, but also because the script is largely speculation. Naomi and I have just finished watching Season 4 on Netflix.
The fourth season covers the time period between 1977 and 1990, is set during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership, and introduces Lady Diana Spencer and Prince William. Events depicted include the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, their 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Falklands War, Michael Fagan’s break-in at Buckingham Palace, Lord Mountbatten’s funeral, the Princess of Wales’s appearance at the Barnardo’s Champion Children Awards, and Thatcher’s departure from office. Wikipedia.
Whatever your feelings about the monarchy or the drama itself, the series has been beautifully crafted with some great acting performances. Olivia Colman is wonderful as the Queen, Gillian Anderson portrays Margaret Thatcher brilliantly, and (especially in one episode) Helena Bonham Carter gives the performance of her life as Princess Margaret. For the full cast, see here. The magnificent theme music by Hans Zimmer is also worthy of mention.
It’s worth watching, but just remember it’s drama not history in the strictest sense, it’s only dramatising the thoughts we probably all have about the Royal Family. Monarchists will complain it’s making them look bad, others will argue that they’re doing a good job of this themselves, as this article in the The Guardian suggests.
Note: I’ve never been a Margaret Thatcher fan, so I especially enjoyed watching her downfall. Yes, very naughty of me!