The British Minister of Culture is adamant that the royal drama “The Crown”
Culture Minister Oliver Dowden told the Mail on Sunday that the hit Netflix series should include a disclaimer amid criticism of historic freedoms taken for the real British royal family.
“It’s a beautifully crafted work of art,” he told the store. “So, as with other TV productions, Netflix has to be very clear in the beginning, that’s exactly what it is. Without that, I’m afraid that a generation of viewers who haven’t experienced these events may confuse science fiction with fact. “
Dowden is expected to write to Netflix this week to express his opinion. The streaming service did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press. However, a spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter that it had already been reported that The Crown was a drama based on real events.
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The show, which premiered in 2016, follows the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II, 94, which began in 1952. While the Crown has been dissected over the years for its dramatic interpretations of the royal family, Season 4 has sparked much debate. and titles so far.
The current season, set in the 1980s, focuses on the widely publicized marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, as well as the 11-year term of Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which transformed and divided Britain.
Diana died in 1997 at the age of 36 from injuries sustained in a car accident in Paris. Thatcher died in 2013 at the age of 87.
The troubled relationship between Charles and Diana, played by Josh O’Connor and Emma Corinne, is the main plot line in the series. Former Royal Press Secretary Dickie Arbiter called the “Crown” an “ax work” for the 72-year-old Charles, who is the heir to the British throne, and Diana.
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An arbitrator also accused the series of “stretching a dramatic license to the extreme,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Charles and Diana divorced in 1996, a year before her death. The prince remarried in 2005 to Camilla Parker Bowles, who is now the Duchess of Cornwall. An arbitrator told the BBC that the Crown had portrayed Charles and Camilla, 73, as “villains”.
Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, also said the show should carry a notice that “this is not true, but it is based on some real events.
“I’m worried that people think it’s a gospel and it’s unfair,” the 56-year-old told ITV.
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Some conservatives have also criticized the image of Thatcher’s program, played by Gillian Anderson. The first British prime minister is portrayed as a confrontation with Elizabeth of Olivia Coleman to an extent that some say is exaggerated.
Crown creator Peter Morgan, whose work also includes dramas from the recent history of The Queen and Frost / Nixon, defended his work, saying it was thoroughly researched and true to his spirit.
In a 2017 Crown discussion, Morgan said, “sometimes you have to abandon accuracy, but you never have to abandon the truth.”
Stephen Fielding, a professor of political history at the University of Nottingham, said the suggestion that the Crown was a disclaimer was “reasonable and yet pointless.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.