The Crown
Claire Foy stars as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith plays Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in “The Crown” on Netflix. (Alex Bailey/Netflix)

‘The Crown’ on Netflix: Ready for the royals

Anyone who reads my site regularly knows I’m a sucker for a good historical drama. So I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming Netflix series The Crown.

Each season of the reportedly $130 million series will focus on a 10-year period of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. The series will explore the delicate balance she strikes between her private world and public life. Think political rivalries and personal intrigues.

The 10-episode first season becomes available on Nov. 4. It begins as the 25-year-old princess faces the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world. She also must forge a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Netflix says: “The Crown” tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world—Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street—and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

An all-star cast brings members of those two houses to life. Claire Foy stars as QE II and Matt Smith plays her hubby, Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. John Lithgow stars as Sir Winston Churchill, the British prime minister when Elizabeth becomes queen.

Victoria Hamilton plays Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Jared Harris portrays her father, King George VI. Dame Eileen Atkins stars as Queen Mary, QE II’s grandmother. Vanessa Kirby plays her sister, Princess Margaret.

British playwright Peter Morgan wrote the series. Morgan previously the highly successful plays “Frost/Nixon” and “The Audience,” which focused on QE II’s relationships with different British prime ministers.

Stephen Daldry, Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold directed. Morgan, Daldry and Martin also executive produced. Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, Tanya Seghatchian, Robert Fox and Matthew Byam Shaw also are executive producers. Andrew Eaton served as producer.

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