Netflix’s crown jewel is back for a fifth season, but not everyone is happy about it The crownRepresentation of Queen Elizabeth and the royal family, and the streaming giant have taken notice.
Just days after a former British prime minister released a statement about her performance on the series, British actress Dame Judi Dench wrote a letter expressing her discontent with the hit series.
What The crown As you progress through her timeline, her story will become increasingly familiar, perhaps even personal, to those who lived through the events she describes, opening her up to more criticism.
Season 5 will be the first time the show has aired after Queen Elizabeth’s death in September. Netflix added a disclaimer to YouTube’s description of its new trailer to inform viewers that the show is fictional.
“Inspired by true events, this fictional dramatization tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign,” reads the description. The new season airs on Netflix Canada starting November 9.
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Dench’s letter, which was published by UK news site The Times, calls the series “cruelly unfair” and “damaging” for its treatment of the royal family.
“The closer the drama gets to our current times, the more freely it seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism,” the 87-year-old actor wrote.
Former British Prime Minister calls the series “malicious fiction”
Dench’s letter follows a statement by a former British prime minister, Sir John Major, who served from 1990 to 1997. The politician issued a statement criticizing The crownwhich in season 5 will feature actor Jonny Lee Miller playing a version of Major.
Major made the statement after several stories were rumored to feature conversations between him and then-Prince Charles, including a scene in which the two plan to have Queen Elizabeth abdicate the throne.
“Sir John has not cooperated, in any way, with The crown. He has also never been approached to verify any script material on this or any other series,” said a statement from his rep.
Major is not the first prime minister to appear on the show. Sir Winston Churchill was played by John Lithgow and Harold Wilson by Jason Watkins, in his dealings with the Royal Family.
The alleged plots are “nothing more than malicious and damaging fiction” designed to create a “completely false dramatic impact,” Major’s representative added.
In response, Netflix released a statement defending the show’s integrity.
“The crown It has always been presented as a drama based on historical events. The fifth series is a fictionalized dramatization that imagines what could have happened behind closed doors during an important decade for the royal family, which has been analyzed and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians,” the statement read.
Netflix has refused requests for a disclaimer in the past. In 2020, former British culture minister Oliver Dowden urged the streamer to add a disclaimer to The crown before its fourth season.
“We have always presented The Crown as a drama…As a result, we have no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer,” read a statement from Netflix.
Highly publicized moments from the royal family’s past
As the show’s timeline moves into the 1990s, it could examine the most publicized moments in the history of the Royal Family, including the divorce of then-Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the death of Princess Diana.
Elizabeth Debicki, who will play Diana, said in an interview on October 18 that the show, and the tragedies it depicts, are carefully written and carefully thought out.
“The amount of research and care and conversations and dialogue that goes on, from a viewer’s perspective, something that you probably would never notice is just immense,” the actor said.
While acknowledging Netflix’s trailer disclaimer, Dench said he is concerned that viewers will accept the show’s portrayal of events as fact, especially those tuning in from abroad.
In his letter, he said the broadcaster should consider adding a disclaimer to the beginning of each episode, “for the sake of a family and nation so recently afflicted” and “as a mark of respect to a sovereign who served her people.” so diligently.” for 70 years.”
Doing so would preserve the streaming giant’s reputation among its British audience, he said.
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