Everything We Know So Far About The Crown Season 5
While we might still be fully engrossed in season 4 of our favourite big budget royal drama The Crown, obsessing over Princess Diana's outfits and the sensational storylines surrounding her relationship with Charles and his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, there's no harm in looking ahead, right?
To be fair, the appetite for royal history has never been greater, and with more episodes on the horizon, here's everything you need to know about season 5.
What is The Crown Season 5 about?
The fifth instalment of The Crown will leave the 1980s behind and head into the 1990s, which as we all know was a tumultuous time for the royals.
With a fire at Windsor Castle, three failed marriages (Charles and Diana split, Princess Anne got divorced and Prince Andrew separated from Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson) and Princess Diana's tell-all Panorama interview, the relationship between the Prince of Wales and the People's Princess will remain a central fixture going forward.
We'll also have a new prime minister in the form of John Major.
Series creator Peter Morgan has hinted that the show will come to an end in the mid-noughties in season 6, meaning season 5 will most likely delve into the first half of the 1990s, ending just before Diana's death in 1997.
It's important to keep in mind that The Crown is of course a dramatisation with many fictional and embellished scenes, so we'll be taking everything with a pinch of salt.
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Who will star in The Crown Season 5?
Just like we have seen with seasons past, it's out with the old and in with the new once more, so expect a whole new cast throughout the new season.
So far we know season 5 will include Imelda Staunton (Downton Abbey) taking over from Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, plus Lesley Manville (Save Me) as Princess Margaret, Oscar nominee Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as Prince Philip, and Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager) as Princess Diana, with further announcements in due course.
Variety also reported that Dominic West (The Affair) is in talks to play Prince Charles, but that's yet to be officially confirmed.
When will The Crown Season 5 be released?
We don't have an exact air date just yet, but filming is expected to begin mid next year, with the new season expected to arrive on Netflix in 2022 - the usual two-year wait between seasons.
Season 4 was a smash hit for the streaming service, trumping season 3 by some 8 million viewers in the first week alone, so we have seriously high hopes for season 5.
Bring. It. On.
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