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The Crown on Netflix

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TheHiphopopotamus Fri 04-Nov-16 18:10:05

Had a look but couldn't see another thread.

Anyone else watched any? Just seen the first episode and can't make my mind up. I'm ambivalent towards the monarchy but the production seems sumptuous. It's nice seeing all the 40's/50's fashions though.

TheHiphopopotamus Fri 04-Nov-16 18:10:55

Shit, just realised it's called The Crown confused

raisedbyguineapigs Fri 04-Nov-16 18:11:55

I fancy a watch, but it probably won't be until Monday!

TheHiphopopotamus Fri 04-Nov-16 18:33:43

Ah, well come back and tell us what you think when you get the chance guineapigs smile

Production values are obviously high. Not sure I'm buying Matt Smith as Philip yet though.

Saw the first episode today. It's gorgeous to watch. Love Clare Foy and her voice seems spot on. Matt Smith's Philip is far more child orientated and amenable than I far anyway.

And Ben Miles is lovely too. So all good so far!

PikachuSayBoo Fri 04-Nov-16 19:42:52

Am in episode 4 and really enjoying it.

EachandEveryone Fri 04-Nov-16 19:44:53

Yes I know someone involved with it so I'm watching with interest I'm liking it so far

shggg245 Sat 05-Nov-16 00:18:12

I think it's excellent - just watched first two episodes and it held my interest, plus I'm still awake, which is the gauge of quality nowadays.

It's nicely subtle and doesn't seem to be trying too hard for mass commercial appeal - as a result it'll be huge. Claire Foy and Matt Smith are totally believable in their roles, (but I rate them both anyway).

All in all very good so far. Yep - I'm looking forward to tomorrow night's installment.

EverySongbirdSays Sat 05-Nov-16 01:44:56

I'm on episode 4. Enjoying, I'm obsessed with Matt Smith anyway though. I thought 4 was a dip (the fog episode)

I have found myself thinking "couldn't they have got someone British to play Churchill" though. That might sound a bit pompous but I'd have felt the same if they'd had an American play any other main role.

I nearly put a bit Brexit as a bit Brexit is an insult in my book but I didn't want to get political on a tellybox thread

Anyhoo. Matt Smith + Period Drama + Royals = Songbird Sweetspot.

I'm not a monarchist but I do find them fascinating, like an endangered species.

EnidButton Sat 05-Nov-16 05:00:47

grin at a bit Brexit.

I'm on episode 3. It's extremely well made and acted and I am enjoying it but if I had any criticism it'd be that it's slightly in danger of being drowned by the need for historical accuracy, which is a shame. I realise, when the subject matter is very well known, that it's important to get things as accurate as possible but it's slightly too aware on occasion.

But it's still very good and it has Matt Smith.

Matt Smith and his incredible bum. 🍑

EnidButton Sat 05-Nov-16 05:02:40

Actually having said all that, I did end up googling around Philip's life before his marriage to the Queen and it's fascinating. Not at all what I expected.

raisedbyguineapigs Sat 05-Nov-16 08:55:37

every songbird are you me? [Grin] Matt is my favourite actor, and I don't fancy him but he has something.

I'm also fascinated by them despite not going a royalist! I might have to banish DH and watch it earlygrin

WingMirrorSpider Sat 05-Nov-16 10:16:25

I've watched the first 3 eps and I'm really enjoying it.

I'm not a fan of royalty (although I do admire the queen) but it's fascinating to see the behind the scenes stuff.

I thought the George vi scenes were particularly well done and very moving as his illness progressed.

EverySongbirdSays Sat 05-Nov-16 13:53:03


I've seen your posts on other threads and thought "sounds like something I'd say"

We could be CLONES?!


I so would with Matt if I could though and feel irrationally grrrr towards Lily James and Daisy Lowe

mogloveseggs Sat 05-Nov-16 13:58:34

Not watched any yet but heard about it on r4. Dd and dh want to watch too so will probably be next week. Looking forward to it immensely it's right up my street.

raisedbyguineapigs Sat 05-Nov-16 13:59:01

grin every

Although I love Matt and Lily. I think they're really well suitedsmile

Thatwaslulu Sat 05-Nov-16 13:59:41

Is the whole series on Netflix at once or is it released weekly? I don't have Netflix but thinking of signing up for the free trial, but not sure how it works.

ClaraLane Sat 05-Nov-16 14:01:57

I'm only halfway through the first episode and the Christmas scenes have got me in floods of tears sad

EverySongbirdSays Sat 05-Nov-16 14:08:46

RE Prince Philip his childhood WAS fascinating - which was what was so infuriating about his Fiona Bruce interview. He suffers no fools and instead of saying things like

"Tell us something about your childhood"


"What was it like when you were a boy"

She kept putting words in like

When you were a boy did you think X ?

When you were a boy did you feel Y?

And she just got

NO in a variety of hostile ways. Some said he was rude, I think he treated the questions deservedly, they were CLEARLY trying to put words in his mouth for some end goal soundbites

raisedbyguineapigs Sat 05-Nov-16 14:11:22

thatwas Its all on at once. I already have Netflix. I really like it anyway. This is just a bonus😊

EverySongbirdSays Sat 05-Nov-16 14:15:01

Lulu Yes all eps are on there at once, yes you get a months free trial at signup. It's very good value for the price though, you'll probably keep it.

Other Netfix series of note :

Stranger Things, House Of Cards, the forthcoming Lemony Snicket, Jessica Jones, Orange Is The New Black, forthcoming Gilmore Girls revival as well as boxsets of past shows like Breaking Bad

Thatwaslulu Sat 05-Nov-16 14:18:08

Thanks. I'm just downloading it to the Wii now. I have Amazon Prime currently but rarely use it so may switch if this is good.

MegCleary Sat 05-Nov-16 14:20:16

I have two girls aged five and nine and am wondering if it's suitable as a family watch?
I have fond memories of watching Upstairs Downstairs, Lily Langtry and Edward and Mrs Simpson with my mum as a child and was curious if I could do this with the Crown and my girls.

TheHiphopopotamus Sat 05-Nov-16 14:24:48

The Christmas scene with the carol singers was very moving.

I was surprised at how Philip has been portrayed so far (have only seen an episode and half though). He seems very affectionate with his kids whereas the narrative always seems to have been that Charles problems stem partly from his parents being quite reserved (although Charles does come across as a bit of wet blanket).

Also, does anyone know how much, if any, input they've had from Royal insiders? And is that really Buckingham Palace they've filmed at?

EverySongbirdSays Sat 05-Nov-16 14:39:36

I saw an interview with Claire Foy and <3 Matt <3 about it - they had a major on set who was ex household and taught them how to drink tea proper.

I think the shades of Philip disapproving of Charles begin to show in a later ep, maybe ep 3, he is little to start with.

It was the Queen who was considered a bit cold towards Charles and that's evident when she isn't arsed about leaving the kids to go on a jolly.

Famous photo of her being away for a long time and seeing Charles for the first time in months and shaking his hand not hugging him or kissing him.

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