Are you going to the polls on 8 November with one hand on the lever and the other holding your nose? With six weeks to go and inane droning on the presidential election intensifying, you might want to tune out the talking heads and tune into Netflix’s latest release, The Crown. At $130 million, the biggest budget for a TV series of all time, the series (begins 4 November) focuses on the 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth, newly married and preparing to ascend the throne. BBC drama lovers, according to the Federalist’s Gracy Olmstead, will see lots of familiar faces in the starring lineup.
The heart of the drama is Queen Elizabeth’s relationship with the two important men in her life—Prince Philip and Winston Churchill. Also explored are the political rivalries and personal intrigues during a decade of the Queen’s reign, highlighting the sensitive juggling she must coordinate between her private world and her public life.
Claire Foy plays the young Queen Elizabeth II.
Matt Smith plays Prince Phillip.
John Lithgow plays Sir Winston Churchill.