The Netflix series "The Crown" is highly praised, sometimes heavily criticized - and that's from season one onwards. But the closer the events shown are to the present, the more voices are increasing that the streaming service should use a text panel to indicate that the creators have taken various artistic liberties in depicting the British royal family. At least in the case of the new trailer for the fifth season, which will be available from November 9th, this has now happened.
The disclaimer on the German-language Netflix YouTube channel reads as follows: "This true-event-inspired drama series tells the fictional story of Queen Elizabeth II and portrays the political and personal ups and downs of her reign." This sentence makes it clear in two respects that "The Crown" does not claim to be one hundred percent biographical truthfulness.
It will probably only be shown from November 9th whether the streaming service will also pack this notice before the respective episodes of season five. That is exactly what Lady Judi Dench (87) had demanded in a passionate open letter shortly before. The portrayal of the British royal family in the TV show is "cruelly unfair," says the actress. The Oscar winner also stressed that she supports artistic freedom, but urged Netflix to add an explanation to each episode. These are intended to alert viewers that the series is a fictionalized account of historical events.
The reason for this should be primarily that "The Crown" with season five penetrates into the turbulent 90s not only for the royals. An era that is likely to be more present to many more people than the previous epochs shown. Dealing with Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki, 32) and her estrangement from her husband, the then Prince and now King Charles (Dominic West, 53), is considered particularly delicate.
The Telegraph previously reported that the palace was concerned about the potentially negative portrayal of Charles III. (73). Former Prime Minister John Major (79), who is embodied in the series by Jonny Lee Miller (49), also expressed criticism in this regard.
The biggest concern, however, is how the series will deal with the tragic death of Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997 at just 36 years old. The alleged statement by a Netflix spokesman quoted by "The Sun" only partially clears up these concerns: "The exact moment of the accidental collision is not shown."