The Crown (2016– )
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A young Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Philip. As King George VI's health worsens, Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister for the second time.


Stephen Daldry


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Princess Elizabeth
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth
Jared Harris ... King George VI
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Eileen Atkins ... Queen Mary
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Ben Miles ... Peter Townsend


In 1947 Prince Philip of Greece renounces his foreign titles to marry Princess Elizabeth, elder daughter of George VI. Her mother and Grandmother are less than complimentary about his family whilst the appearance of Shadow leader Winston Churchill at the lavish wedding sets his rivals whispering that it is a show of politics. Following a general election Churchill is prime minister once more - to the delight of the king, who confides in him that he has lung cancer, but urges him to keep it a secret and Christmas passes without the family being informed. However George asks Elizabeth to represent him on an upcoming Commonwealth tour, whilst Elizabeth is asked to keep another secret by her sister Margaret, who is in love with commoner Peter Townsend. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end of the episode, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, asks his children if they'd like to play "Grandma's Footsteps." The Doctor Who monster species called the Weeping Angels are based on this game. Matt Smith, who plays Philip, also played the 11th Doctor for 3 seasons. See more »


Elizabeth asks Philip to stop smoking, as she hated it. The real Elizabeth was not averse to smoking. She used to smoke herself, but only in private. See more »


Peter Townsend: It was a young lady named Sally / Who enjoyed the occasional dally / She sat on the lap / Of a well-endowed chap, / And cried: "Sir, you're right up my alley!"
King George VI: There was an old countess of Bray, / - And you may think it odd when I say - / That despite her high station, / Rank, and education, / She always spelled "cunt" with a K.
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Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
Music by John Goss and Henry T. Smart
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Creates good atmosphere, but has troubles to get audience interested
10 October 2017 | by getsadzegSee all my reviews

The plot involves British royal family in 40's and 50's, including characters based on real-life people. I think episode focuses on creating the atmosphere and (mainly) characters rather than plot, which makes it a bit boring, especially for the kind of audience who are not extremely interested in monarchy or important persons within the monarchy. But, it still manages you to start caring about them, King George IV, for example, which I think the most part of episode is about. I can say that the episode really succeeded in creating atmosphere and there were several things that helped in it, such as costumes and decorations, design. So it's able to transport you to its world, which is very good and does the job to make you feel like you're in Buckingham Palace.

I think all of these are enough for the first episode, but it still lacks ambitious plot(reason of why I think so can be that I'm not really into the topic it's about), which is the most important for me and I got bored in the very first minutes of episode. And it was 56 minutes long.

My vote is 6/10.

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