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5 things to know about The Crown 4 before you see it
5 things to know about The Crown 4 before you see it

The Crown 4 arrives on Netflix from November 15th and brings to the stage a lot of new features compared to previous seasons: here's everything there is to know

Three women are the absolute protagonists of the highly anticipated fourth season of The Crown, streaming on Netflix from November 15th.

Queen Elizabeth II, played by the always amazing Olivia Colman, is joined this time by two ladies - one "iron", the other simply "D" - which never meet on the scene, but whose relevance in the real life of the crown and Great Britain still echoes today.

Let's talk about Margaret Thatcher, in whose shoes we find an unrecognizable and talented Gillian Anderson (X-File s, Sex Education), and by Diana Spencer, whose highly coveted role has been entrusted to the young woman Emma Corrin.

The Crown 4 spans a time span from the late 1970s, when the royal family is busy looking for a wife for Carlo and finds it in Diana while Margaret Thatcher is elected Prime Minister, in 1990 with the fall of both women: one forced to leave number 10 Downing Street after a coup by her own government, the other enraged with her husband.

The history of the royal family is known, but what amazes another time about The Crown is its unique ability to keep the viewer attached to the screen to see how those events are told.

Between textbook verbal duels, perfect historical reconstructions and interpretations in pure Hollywood style, The Crown confirms itself as one of the best written, directed and interpreted series for TV.

Here's what to know about The Crown 4


What period is The Crown 4 talking about

The Crown 4 is set in the late seventies when Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), aided by her family, is busy securing the line of succession looking for a suitable wife for Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor), who at thirty is still a bachelor, in love with the now married Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell).

As the nation begins to blame the impact of the newly elected's radical political actions Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), the first woman to become Prime Minister, the story begins between Carlo and the young Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin).

What is told of the marriage of Charles and Diana

The romantic story between Prince Charles and Diana is told in all its peaks of joy but above all of pain, trying to dig into two polar opposite characters united by the crown of which, like all the other characters, they perceive the weight and not the privilege.

Diana is portrayed in a very pop (sometimes too much) way, as the problematic icon described for years in the press: a kind soul and eager for almost childlike attention, which does not find help and answers nor in her husband, devoted to his love for Camilla, nor in the Palazzo, which has always been alien to any affective externalization.


Margaret Thatcher has a very special role

Of Margaret Thatcher instead we try to tell not so much the famous political side that has gone down in history as "Thatcherism", but the more human and familiar one: from her very close bond with her husband Denis to the imperfect - and therefore real - one with her children, the twins Mark and Carol.

Margaret Thatcher is portrayed cooking for her party colleagues and told in unconditional love for that father who taught her to work hard and to whom she still wants to prove that she is a good daughter.

It is to the character of Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson with an extraordinary use of physicality, that Peter Morgan gives the role of a contemporary woman.

Not Diana's.

And all this despite Thatcher being an unshakable conservative, a woman often hated who nevertheless made it through in a world of men only.

As in all seasons of The Crown, also in this fourth the history of the royal family is intertwined with that of the nation.

In the two decades, seventies and eighties, recounted in The Crown 4, both historical facts such as the famous Falklands War and internal conflicts within the Commonwealth are examined, as well as news episodes such as the intrusion of Michael Fagan (9 July 1082) in Buckingham Palace.


Who is in the cast of The Crown 4

The Crown 4 cast, in addition to the aforementioned Olivia Colman in the role of Queen Elizabeth, Gillian Anderson in those of Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin in those of the young Princess Diana, still sees the participation of Helena Bonham Carter in the role of Princess Margaret and Tobias Menzies in that of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Josh O'Connor is Prince Charles: if in the first seasons his story had touched you, in this fourth season his snobbish and capricious nature, not to mention his obsession with Camilla Parker Bowles played by Emerald Fennell, will make you re-evaluate him.

Marion Bailey is still the Queen Mother and Erin Doherty is Princess Anne, while new entries are Tom Byrde as Prince Andrew and Angus Imrie as Prince Edward.

When will the fifth season arrive?

The next season, the fifth, should be the last of the Netflix series dedicated to the events of the British crown.

Peter Morgan had imagined six, but he recently retracted.

After Claire Foy and Olivia Colman - who therefore in the fourth season you will see for the last time in the role of Elizabeth II - will be Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Downton Abbey) to take on the role of the sovereign at a mature age.