New “Crown” Season: An Early Review

From The Telegraph: ‘A year ago, journalists were rubbing their hands in anticipation of a right royal scandal. US streaming service Netflix was about to commit an outrageous act of lèse-majesté and Buckingham Palace would go into meltdown. Except that this didn’t happen – shots of a young Prince Philip’s (played by Matt Smith) backside notwithstanding, The Crown was a remarkable piece of quality drama which skillfully humanised the British Royal Family. This second series, which begins with the Suez Crisis in 1956

and ends with the birth of Prince Edward in 1964, is likely to sit less well with the Windsors. It opens with fissures in the marriage between the Queen (Claire Foy) and Philip amid reports of the Duke of Edinburgh goating around the globe with Australian equerry Mike Parker. There is also Margaret’s fiancé, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, aka Lord Snowdon (Matthew Goode), luxuriating in bisexual ménages-à-trois, and several accusations (including one from Jackie Kennedy) that the Queen is out of touch and living in a stagnant sort of hinterland.’

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