Netflix confirms launch date for Matt Smith’s ‘The Crown’ drama

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The launch date has been announced for Netflix’s new royal family drama The Crown.

Created by London-born writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Audience, Frost/Nixon), the series stars former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh alongside Claire Foy as his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Crown will tell “the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.”

All ten episodes will be made available in 4K on Netflix globally on Friday 4 November.

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The cast also includes John Lithgow (Dexter) as Sir Winston Churchill, Jared Harris (Fringe) as King George VI, Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van) as the Duke of Windsor, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary.

Speaking at a Netflix event in Paris today, Matt Smith described the series as “a rich love story.”

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The official synopsis reads: “A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning.

“Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.”

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