My friend suggested this to me as I love history so I have binge watched the first two series this week. I loved it. I thought the likeness of the actors to the characters was very good, but there were some very poignant moments. I am really looking forward to the third series picking up from 1964. I very much enjoyed the portrayals of the PMs. It was slightly distracting (not that I am a whovian) that Matt Smith (Doctor Who) played Philip, but he really did it very well. Getting a glimpse of them as people and how this thing they were born into affects them was very interesting. It would be nice to have a chat with folk about it, I hope this board isn’t too out of the way for folk.
I hadn’t till I binge watched it. It is good tv. Well written and acted, well plotted, faithful to history. I don’t consider myself a royalist, neither am I violently opposed to them. We have a monarchy and I love history, and it tells the story whilst portraying them as people.
Many people have opinions about them and what happens to them, what they get up to because we are fed a diet of their lives and deeds in the media. This one has got married, that one has had a baby, this one has taken up with that unsuitable person, that one had mental health problems, this one has died, that one has divorced, this couple have visited this country as part of their duties etc. This tells a story of some of that.
I really enjoyed seeing what it could have been like around this behind the scenes, and the way they related to each other, and that underneath it all they are actually people. Like us, they didn’t ask to be born into that role or family and most of them do their best with that conflict. It gets the better of some of them, but I find it fascinating.
The Gordonstoun one had me weeping. Philip was a damaged man who had horrific experiences as a child due to his background, yet it appeared he thought it made him a man and wanted the same for Charles. It really is very good tv whatever one thinks of them.
Don’t think I am going to get much response if no one has seen it.
Post by goodlookingone on Oct 27, 2019 13:54:16 GMT
Afraid you are right in one thing - I have never seen the programme, but from what I read on here, there are actors, acting a script - Is that right? No idea how well produced it is, one can only see what the Recorders of the Day are allowed to see.... Reminds me of one of my Wiser Boss's once said "Once they shut their door, You know NOTHING about them". I'm not dismissing what may well be a likeness of whatever happened. Oh dear, I'm sounding a right Grouch: Not really. I'll go along with the Theory that Whilst we have a Kingness or Queeness, we can Not have a Dictator or (worse) a President. I'm not convinced that I'm certain of that....
I agree Demdike, the Crown is very well done and makes quite addictive viewing. I´ve learned quite a lot about mid 20th century politics and society that I didn't know beforehand.
I thought the actress who played Margaret in series 1 and 2 was excellent and Matt Smith was quite a sexy Prince Phillip - never thought I´d ever fancy the latter but Smith made that possible!
I love how it brought them to life. Philip is quite a character, a bit naughty too. Some of the insights were heartbreaking though. His life story is shocking prior to making a good marriage (lol) I really feel quite sorry for Charles. I wept all the way through the aberfan one.
also loved the portrayals of the PMs can’t wait for the Maggie years. It’s into history I actually remember now.