Recently I wrote a post about Once Upon a Time and its new season which is currently on Netflix. I thought it would be a good idea to write about some other Netflix favourites of mine, and that is what I am doing today.
And the series I will be talking about? The Crown.
(This is a season 2 trailer, for season 1 click here.)
The Crown (2016–)
Creator: Peter Morgan
Cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton, Vanessa Kirby, Pip Torrens and more
The journey of Elizabeth II
The Crown is a series which follows the journey of the current queen of the UK, Elizabeth II, and the events which shaped the second half of the 20th century. It has romance, politics, history, family and a lot of posh English accent. Also, those gowns are to die for.
One of my favourite things about the show is how it portrays the characters. As a historical drama, it has to be somewhat believable and accurate (of course not everything is 100 % what actually happened, but it is accurate enough), yet it has to entertain the viewer. And The Crown does this perfectly, especially with all the different characters.
My favourites are Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Princess Margaret. They don’t feel as caricatures, they aren’t too perfect or too shallow. They have depths, layers and they feel real. Sometimes you want to hug them, sometimes you want to punch them. But never do you feel like they are just characters – you actually view them as real people (which they, to some extent, are – as it is a historical drama).
Learning about monarchy & modern British history
As a person who lives in the UK but isn’t from here, I didn’t know a lot of the stuff which have happened in the series. Sure, I knew Winston Churchill and that Britain had a queen, I knew some of the names like Philip, Charles and Margaret, but I didn’t actually know anything that happened, how it all works and, well… let’s just say I didn’t know very much at all.
Whenever I watched an episode of The Crown, I would immediately go and google some of the historical figures (Jackie Kennedy, Harold Macmillan, Anthony Eden) and learn more about them. I found the series immensely helpful in terms of learning more about the country I live in and its culture whilst doing something which is basically procrastination (that’s what I call procrastination done right).
5 reasons to watch The Crown
1) The cast.
As it happens, I am a huge Doctor Who fan and I started watching the series mostly because I knew Matt Smith was in it. And let me tell you, he is brilliant: I love his portrayal of Prince Philip. Claire Foy is also magnificent and there are so many amazing actors in the series I can’t possibly name them all.
2) We are all people in the end.
If you are like me and you don’t know much about the royal family and the Queen, you are in for a surprise. The series captures the Queen’s personal life and her personality so well, you can see the struggles she faces and how hard it is for her. I have never known who the Queen was, as a person, and this series has made me feel like me and the Queen have much more in common than I would’ve thought possible. In the end, we are all people. (And just because you are a queen, doesn’t mean you have to be extroverted and love social events.)
3) Modern history.
As I mentioned before, The Crown has taught me so much about the modern history of the UK (and the world, because, you know, colonies and stuff). It’s super important to know all these things because they shaped the world we live in and had a huge impact on what we have today. And what’s a better way to learn than by watching some very entertaining and high-quality TV?
4) You only have 20 episodes to catch up on.
Which is not too many, you can easily do that in no time at all. Each episode has circa 58 minutes and my personal tip would be to savour the series and watch only one episode a day. That’s how I did it and I loved it. Each episode tells its own story and it’s just the perfect length for your before-bed watch in the evening.
5) It’s beautiful.
The camera, the scenery, the music, the costumes. You’ll just have to see it to understand what I mean when I say it’s beautiful. It just is.
Season 3 will have Olivia Colman and possibly Helena Bonham Carter in it
That’s right, these two brilliant actresses will (probably) be joining the next season of The Crown. And who will they portray? Well, the sisters Elizabeth and Margaret of course. As The Crown tells the story of the reign of Elizabeth II, it only makes sense that you can’t have the young and beautiful Claire Foy playing the older version of Elizabeth. But don’t be sad, now we get another beautiful woman that we all love, Olivia Colman. I honestly couldn’t be more thrilled. Unless maybe she is joined by Helena Bonham Carter. Seeing those two together would be a dream come true.
If nothing else, just watch for the English
If my post has not managed to convince you of the brilliance of the show, here’s one last great thing about it: the language. It’s all very posh and high English, which means it is easier to understand if you are a non-native speaker, plus you learn some high-level vocabulary along the way. (Also, the overuse of the word ‘rather’ is just funny.)
The Crown season 2 is now on Netflix, just a few clicks away! So what are you waiting for? Get watching.