I love Netflix, I’ve had it for a couple of years now and love being able to dip into a wealth of films, documentaries and tv series whenever there’s nothing on normal television. As with other streaming services, Netflix produce their own TV series that are proving to be massive hits and I absolutely loved the first series of Jessica Jones. However, one thing Netflix hasn’t tackled so far is period dramas, but that’s all about to change.
The Crown, a 60 part(!!) series that traces the life of the Queen from her wedding in 1947 to the present day, has had $100 million poured into it by the network and is the most expensive drama ever made by Netflix. It stars my most favourite actress Claire Foy, recently seen as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall, as the younger Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as her ever devoted husband Philip. I will literally watch these two in anything, so even if this didn’t look absolutely brilliant, I’d still watch it!
The tagline to the series “Two houses, two courts, one Crown” hints towards the relationship between Buckingham Palace and Downing Street and the Queen’s influence on both. Thankfully, unlike any other Netflix produced show, The Crown is made in the UK so there shouldn’t be any sort of American spin on the story, but I really do hope they stay as close to the truth as possible. I’m not really sure about US actor John Lithgow playing Winston Churchill but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Of course, as vintage enthusiasts, we’ll all be desperate to see the costumes from 1947 and throughout the following few decades and as the image of the crowd outside Westminster Abbey shows, we’re not really going to be disappointed. Just look at that purple dress!! This excitement is further heightened by the fact that Netflix have admitted to spending a huge part of the budget on costumes alone. Hmm, I can see a lot of vintage envy happening all over the world when this finally hits the screen!
This show already has a lot of connections to royalty with the script being based on The Audience, a recent West End and Broadway hit, which featured Helen Mirren as the Queen, and the show’s creator, Peter Morgan, penned the Oscar-winning The Queen which also starred the wonderful Helen Mirren. She does do a good Elizabeth! Perhaps she’ll be in the running for the older version of her in later seasons as this hasn’t actually been cast yet.
The first two seasons have already been confirmed as starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith and it’s set to start some time very soon in the UK, although there is no official date yet. You can, however, already add The Crown to your Netflix wishlist so it’ll appear as soon as it’s released, you’ll just need to search for it. I personally cannot wait to see this as I love anything to do with the Royal Family and I’m sure once you’ve watched the full length trailer below you’ll be just as excited as me!
Do you subscribe to Netflix? Are you going to watch The Crown?