The Crown: Diana’s death, annus horribilis… what we know about season 5 of the Netflix series – News Series

The death of Queen Elizabeth II brought the Netflix series “The Crown” to this day: here is everything you need to know about the fifth season, expected on the platform at the end of the year.

More than a week after the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the proclamation of King Charles III, the Netflix series The Crown has experienced an unprecedented resurgence in popularity, as the series is now ranks among the most watched programs on the platform!

While many Netflix subscribers are currently immersing themselves in the four episodes of the series available today, here is everything you need to know about the next season of the historical program that records the reign of the late monarch.

What release date?

The fifth season of The Crown does not yet have an air date; however it was announced that the series will be broadcast on Netflix, unless postponed, in the month of November!

How many episodes?

Like the first four, this season 5 has a total of ten episodes.

What is it about?

The series focuses on Queen Elizabeth II, then 25 years old and facing the daunting task of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while building a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is declining, the political world is in turmoil… a young woman then ascends the throne, at the dawn of a new era.


Who is in the cast?

The great particularity of the series is the change of its cast every two seasons, to emphasize the aging of the protagonists without using make-up and other special effects.

So, from this season 5, Queen Elizabeth II will be joined by Imelda Staunton. The interpreter of the abominable Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter saga succeeded in the role of Claire Foy (seasons 1 and 2) and Olivia Colman (seasons 3 and 4).

Introduced in season 4 to hide Emma Corrin, Princess Diana has changed the actress because she will be interpreted in this fifth season by Elizabeth Debicki; her husband-to-be King Charles III, previously played by Josh O’Connor, will camp in the final two episodes of Dominic West’s series.


Elizabeth II, played by Claire Foy (left) and Olivia Colman (right).

What historical events will be the focus of this season 5?

The plot of this season 5 takes place in the 90s. An important decade in the history of the British monarchy, which ended with the famous annus horribilis 1992, marked by a series of scandals that marred the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

This year in particular announced the separation of the couple Charles and Diana (their divorce did not happen until a few years later), as well as the surprising interview of the Princess of Wales on the BBC (which will also be replayed. for needs in the series), and the public revelation of the affair that her husband continued with Camilla Parker-Bowles, the current Queen Consort of England.

Another important event of this decade was the tragic death of Diana on August 31, 1997. The few days after the disappearance of the “People’s Princess” (to use the words of Prime Minister Tony Blair) were considered the darkest. days of the reign of Elizabeth II, strongly criticized by his subjects because of the silence in which he chose to wall himself.

For the record, this period is the subject of an excellent film by Stephen Frears, The Queen, written by Peter Morgan (the creator of the series), which can be considered a kind of season 5 bis of The Crown . It is therefore interesting to compare the treatment of the event in the film and the series.


The royal family hated the series

Highly anticipated by Netflix subscribers, season 5 of The Crown is unlikely to spark enthusiasm within the British monarchy. In August, King Charles III, then Prince of Wales, publicly expressed his disapproval of her portrayal in the fourth season.

As for Prince Harry, if he agreed that the series was allowed to get a fair view of reality, the latter openly asked Netflix that the series would end before the start of his idyll with the actress Meghan Markle .

Will there be a season 6?

While it was announced from the beginning of the series that The Crown will reach six seasons in total, it is for a period considered to complete the program at the end of the fifth season. The idea was finally abandoned, because a season 6 would actually see the light of day, although its filming was postponed after the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8.

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