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Netflix premiere returns to the Queen

THE writer of hit film “The Queen” returns to his favorite subject this week with a new Netflix series offering perhaps the most intimate portrait yet of Britain’s head of state.

All 10 episodes of “The Crown” will be available from tomorrow, continuing a tradition of big-budget original content that has seen the streaming service lavished with praise for such hits as “House of Cards” and “Narcos.”

The series comes from the pen of Peter Morgan, who lifted the veil on the private world of Elizabeth II in “The Queen” (2006), which was directed by Stephen Frears and earned Helen Mirren an Oscar in the title role.

Morgan went back to Britain’s longest-serving monarch with the stage play “The Audience,” which concentrated on her relationship with her various prime ministers — and which also starred Mirren.

While these previous dramas depicted a mature and then aging Elizabeth II, Morgan and director Stephen Daldry start out “The Crown” with a young Princess Elizabeth as she marries Philip Mountbatten in the uncertain aftermath of post-war Britain.

Netflix has already committed to a second season and has so far dedicated over US$100 million to “The Crown,” according to several reports.

“Nothing you or His Royal Highness does is a private matter,” Winston Churchill warns the 25-year-old Elizabeth, as she embarks on a very public life which has seen her become arguably history’s most recognizable royal.

For all her fame, the 90-year-old monarch has managed somehow to reveal little of herself over 64 years on the throne.


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