The Crown (2016– )
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After Elizabeth makes a tone-deaf speech at a Jaguar factory, she and the monarchy come under public attack by an outspoken lord.


Philippa Lowthorpe


Peter Morgan (created by), Peter Morgan | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Anton Lesser ... Harold MacMillan
John Heffernan ... Lord Altrincham
Will Keen ... Michael Adeane
Gemma Whelan ... Patricia Campbell
Bertie Carvel ... Robin Day
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Miles Jupp ... Humphrey
Anne Lambton ... Gloria
Dominic Applewhite ... Dermot
Edmund Digby-Jones Edmund Digby-Jones ... Junior Press Secretary


After Elizabeth makes a tone-deaf speech at a Jaguar factory, she and the monarchy come under public attack by an outspoken lord.

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Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene in which the train is taking the queen back, is the same train and track as the Hogwarts Express from Harry Potter. See more »


During the first television broadcast of the Christmas address, the Queen is shown sitting at a desk and crossing her right leg over her left leg at the knee. The Queen would only have crossed her legs at the ankle. This is actually a continuity error as well, the crossing of the leg occurs in a long shot. In the close up that immediately follows, she is crossing her legs again. See more »


Lord Altrincham: I see we have something in common.
Queen Elizabeth II: And what would that be?
Lord Altrincham: Your Majesty.
Lord Altrincham: I was referring to the photos of Eton and Sandhurst.
Queen Elizabeth II: Hm. Which you attended too, I gather.
Lord Altrincham: Yes.
Queen Elizabeth II: Going on to become an Officer of the Guards at both St James's Palace and Windsor Castle. It doesn't quite fit the profile of a revolutionary.
Lord Altrincham: It's the assumption everyone has made. Because I dare offer an opinion, I must be trying to burn the temple down. On the contrary, I'm trying to make sure it survives.
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A gripping look at the inevitability and toll of modernization.
9 December 2017 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

For me, this episode is the best one since "Assassins" from the first season. It follows a new character, a newspaperman and lord, in his very public and vocal criticisms of the monarchy. These criticisms expose a greater sense of unease in the country, and eventually force Elizabeth to make some fundamental changes to her approach. In many ways, this episode is a microcosm of the show's central theme; an exploration of the value of and problems with a monarchy in the modern age.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this episode is the way that it manages to not only flesh out a completely new character in a short period of time, but to make me root for him despite the fact that he is creating nothing but trouble for our usual protagonists. John Heffernan plays him as a paragon of reason and modernity, and I agree with everything he says in the episode.

And yet, despite the fact that I agree with everything Lord Altrincham says, I also can't help but feel bad for Elizabeth. She's put in a very difficult and painful position in this episode, and though I do believe that modernization was both inevitable and for the better, the episode does also show the enormous toll that it took on Elizabeth and her mother. She doesn't want to reveal her true self, but she is forced to.

In short, this is a fantastic episode which sums up everything The Crown is about, offers the origin of the Queen's famous Christmas address, and features a fantastic showdown between Claire Foy and John Heffernan.

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