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The Crown: Season One (DVD)
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Language: : English
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 135 Grams
- Director : Benjamin Caron, Various Others, Stephen Daldry
- Media Format : PAL, DVD
- Run time : 10 hours
- Release date : 15 November 2017
- Actors : Vanessa Kirby, Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton
- Dubbed: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : UniversalSony
- ASIN : B075K26RVY
- Number of discs : 4
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All ten episodes from the first season of the biographical drama based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The story begins in 1947 as Elizabeth (Claire Foy) marries Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark (Matt Smith). As the couple settle in to married life, performing royal duties in the place of her father King George (Jared Harris) due to his ill health, Elizabeth's life takes a dramatic turn when she receives the news that her father has passed away. As she tries to grieve for her father, Elizabeth returns home to take her place on the throne as the new Queen of England. The episodes are: 'Wolferton Splash', 'Hyde Park Corner', 'Windsor', 'Act of God', 'Smoke and Mirrors', 'Gelignite', 'Scientia Potentia Est', 'Pride & Joy', 'Assassins' and 'Gloriana'.
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When the time is up the Queen refuses to give her permission once again and adds, chillingly, that if Margaret does wed Townsend she will be cast out of the Royal family.
I found this rather hard to believe and Googled it.
It didn't take much research to ascertain that this never happened. The Queen did indeed maintain her refusal on advice from senior clerics, but she worked out a compromise with Prime Minister Anthony Eden, who is shown, inaccurately, as being opposed to the match. Margaret was told she could marry Townsend on the condition that she give up her right to the accession and that of any descendants.
A letter from Princess Margaret to Eden also emerged in 2009 showing that she was actually undecided after the two years about whether or not she still wanted to marry Townsend.
When the offer was made to her she decided not to.
Instead of telling the truth, the programme makers decided to reinforce the popular perception at the time that the authorities had forced Margaret apart from her ideal match, thereby ruining her life. It's quite clear they did this to give the episode and the first series a nice, dramatic end.
I find now that I can't watch the second series. I don't mind them messing around with details as long as the fundamentals are right, but this is not a trivial thing. I wouldn't want to follow the fortunes of a family that behaved like this towards their members and, in that spirit, I don't want to follow a series, however good, that sacrifices such major facts for the sake of drama.
Then her marriage to Prince Philip, the sad early death of King George and her becoming Queen Elizabeth the second when still a very young woman.
The casting and acting of every member of the cast is marvellous.