'The Crown' Season 3 Is Landing This Weekend - Here’s What To Expect From The New Series
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The new season, landing on Sunday 17th November, will follow the royal family's tantrums and tiaras beginning in the mid-1960s. And the best bit? All episodes will drop at once so you can binge them all in one go.
Take a look at the trailer here:
The Crown is going to look quite different this time around though, as it has had a major shake up, with new actors aplenty.
Olivia Colman is taking on the lead role as Queen Elizabeth II, succeeding Claire Foy, who played the monarch in her earlier days during the first two seasons.
With Claire winning a Best Actress Emmy for her role as Queen, the stakes are high, but with Olivia the proud owner of an Oscar herself, we have no doubts she'll play the role to perfection.
She even revealed on Graham Norton she's had special coaching to try and perfect Queen Elizabeth II's iconic walk - so it's fair to say she's going all out!
But Colman isn't the only new addition to the show. In March 2018, it was announced that Tobias Menzies would replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip during the third series that will span the years of 1964-1977.
It is set to delve into the breakdown of Princess Margaret (set to now be played by Helena Bonham Carter) and Tony Armstrong Jones' (to be played by Ben Daniels) marriage, as well as Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor), and Camilla's (Emerald Fennell) early relationship, pre-Diana.
Show runner Peter Morgan said to Entertainment Weekly about the focus: "People always assume Charles cheated on Diana with Camilla.
"It's absolutely the wrong way round. He was deeply in love with Camilla and forced to marry Diana."
While the hit series naturally allows for some artistic licence, the real-life events need little help in the drama stakes so we have high hopes for the next instalment, especially since seeing the trailer.
The two minute trailer has a melancholic tone, with a clear message that things are changing and a new era has been born, reinforced by Bob Dylan's The Times They Are a'Changin' playing in the background.
It sees the Queen question her role as a figurehead and what she's done to help her country as she faces a rapidly changing Britain.
She says in the trailer: "This country was still great when I came to the throne. All that's happened on my watch is that the place has fallen apart."
The monarch looks anything but pleased as she faces the British Empire's decline in the turbulent sixties, with cold-war paranoia, striking miners, a bankrupt country and electricity rations. No wonder poor Queenie starts doubting herself.
And of course it's not just the country's woes she's dealing with. Because as ever, tension within the family is high too, with the show set to explore rumours that Lord Louis Mountbatten (played by Charles Dance) and the Queen Mother (Marion Bailey) forced Prince Charles and Camilla apart, instead wanting Charles to marry Diana.
It has already been observed that this is likely a real stretch from the truth. And remember, whilst this series is based on true events, it has been heavily dramatised.
Even the show runner himself Peter said that whilst meticulously researched, a lot of the show involves guesswork to fill in the gaps.
He said at a BAFTA Masterclass, according to Digital Spy: "We have to make some sort of leaps of the imagination, about how people were feeling."
"Maybe sometimes I get it wrong, because they aren't friends of mine. So it's a tricky one."
He went on to suggest everyone should watch the series with a pinch of salt, not wanting to spread rumours that are untrue: "I feel the responsibility of that, and whether I'm misjudging it, or whether I've oversimplified it, or whether my version - which I'm happy to say is just me having a punt, I'm just guessing - gets taken too seriously, [because] I don't want to be part of creating bogus history."
One hundred per cent accurate or not, this so far has been a cracking show with rave reviews and we're looking forward to the new stellar cast hopefully making their mark.
The Crown Season 3 lands on Netflix on Sunday 17th November