The Crown (2016– )
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Palace insiders try to prevent a scandal that could reflect poorly on Philip. Eden faces censure from his cabinet and the press.


Philip Martin


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
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Anton Lesser ... Harold MacMillan
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Will Keen ... Michael Adeane
Daniel Ings ... Mike Parker
Chloe Pirrie ... Eileen Parker
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Nicholas Burns ... Anthony Nutting
Anna Madeley ... Clarissa Eden
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury


Palace insiders try to prevent a scandal that could reflect poorly on Philip. Eden faces censure from his cabinet and the press.

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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 poem recited during Prince Philip's investiture is Ode on the death of the Duke of Wellington by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. See more »


The Queen refers to the South Shetland Islands, the Falkland Islands and Ascension Island as "British Overseas Territories". However, in 1957 they were still Crown Colonies. They only became British Overseas Territories in 2002. See more »


Harold MacMillan: Your Majesty.
Queen Elizabeth II: I gather soundings have been taken, and that you have been chosen by your colleagues as the man most able to unite the government and lead this country following Sir Anthony's resignation.
Harold MacMillan: Yes, ma'am.
Queen Elizabeth II: Congratulations. Although I fear you've inherited something of a poisoned chalice.
Harold MacMillan: [laughs] It's true. The storm is now raging against us. With Eden's war, we've discarded the moral advantage or any goodwill we once held. Not to mention the dire economic situation. It's really been ...
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The Crown doing what it does best: scandal
8 December 2017 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

For me, the best episodes of The Crown have always been the ones in which the monarchy has to handle damage control on a scandal. On top of the fact that such situations are fantastic at generating tension and drama, they also expose the inner workings of the institution in a way that is endlessly fascinating to watch.

Another reason that I loved the first season's scandal episodes was the way they allowed the character of Tommy Lascelles to shine. Tommy was one of my favourite characters on the show, so I was very sad when he retired near the end of last season, and pleasantly surprised when he made a surprise return in this episode. I hope he pops up a few more times this season; Pip Torrens is fantastic in this role, and it would have been a shame to let that go to waste.

The scandal in this episode is the climax of the boys' club story-line from the first two episodes of the season. Everything dovetails neatly and comes back around to the opening flash-forward, which finally gets resolved. So much is concluded in this episode that I genuinely have no idea what the plot of the rest of the season will be.

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