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The Crown Season 4 Review, Cast and Trailer HD

The Crown Season 4 Review

There are plenty of moments in The Crown’s Season 4 that will leave you wondering why the British Royals are destined to make the same mistakes over and over again. Anyone following Harry and Megan’s breakaway from THE family will know they are not the first couple to have had trouble with the crown and its peculiar politics. Over several episodes we watch Charles and Diana’s relationship fall apart with the former wailing pitifully about how he was forced into the doomed marriage, while his aunt Princess Margaret quietly draws parallels with how she was forced to give up the love of her life and stumbled from one heartbreak to another. There is also Princess Anne, trapped in her own unhappy marriage.

Marriage, in all its ugliness, compromises and bitterness, is at the heart of the new season, that keeps referring to how the Queen and Prince Phillip had set aside their differences to make things ‘work.’ Some gyan that is evidently lost on the sparring young couple – Charles and Diana, who have nothing in common except two sons, one the future king. In fact, Charles comes across as pathetic, privileged (his mother’s words) who could never get over his mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles.

Happiness is elusive in the royal household, and a star-struck Diana, who makes a smashing debut at the family get-together, soon realises she is trapped in a relationship that is far from ‘perfect’. We watch the shy teenager, eager to please and once ‘obsessed’ with her Prince Charming, turning into an emotional and physical wreck at his calculated indifference. With both straining at the leash, Prince Philip, who is perhaps the only person who has a soft corner for the estranged Princess, tries to talk her out of a divorce. He reminds Diana that every single person of the royal family, except the Monarch, is an “outsider” just like her. Diana, with her love for the spotlight and obvious charisma, cannot ever remain in the shadow of the crown. As the women discuss over dinner one day, horrified at how she tried to ‘hug’ the Queen and called her mama, “If she does not bend, she will break.” And we all know how that turned out.

“We are a tough bunch,” the royals say it almost with pride. And the season casts an unflinching gaze on the insensitivity and cruelty they have heaped upon their own, to protect what the Queen says, “is the integrity of the crown.” When Diana insists on carrying her newborn with her on an official tour, they disapprove. When Charles begs and pleads to be allowed to break away from the marriage, he is silenced. And when Margaret Thatcher, the first woman Prime Minister, and her husband, struggle to keep up with their parlour games, dinner etiquettes and hunting games, they smirk. How is the audience supposed to feel any sympathy for this bunch in that case? Simply because, individually, and as a team, they all suffer. The Queen realises to her horror that all her children ‘are lost’ and they only care about their titles and privileges. And Diana tells her father-in-law, she would rather be happy and end up like this sad lot, trapped in a loveless marriage.

The Queen’s tumultuous relationship with Margaret Thatcher finds a bit of play too. The season in fact opens with Prince Phillip saying: “Two women running the show. That’s the last thing the nation needs.” The Queen replies, “Maybe that’s exactly what the country needs.”
Despite their differences, the two women, who loathe any form or sentimentality, have some respect for each other and it is interesting to see how it expresses itself. There are plenty of livewire exchanges between the Queen and the PM, with standout lines as: “Power is nothing without authority.”

Olivia Colman is riveting as the Queen and mother who is far more composed while handling power hungry Prime Ministers than a son who is always craving for her empathy and a way to annul his marriage. There is no room for weakness in her lexicon, neither is there any place for someone like Diana, who enjoys being on her own, way too much. Tragic.
The exceptional writing holds up so far as do the performances. But Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin are disconcerting to watch as Thatcher and Diana. At times it seems more of a mimicry and a caricature than an attempt to capture the soul of the terrific characters in real life.

Nonetheless, for the sheer scale and some standout performances and production design, the punch lines and the show’s ability to pique your curiosity about ‘what really happened’, it makes for a good watch.

GenreHistorical drama
Created byPeter Morgan
StarringClaire Foy
Matt Smith
Vanessa Kirby
Eileen Atkins
Jeremy Northam
Victoria Hamilton
Ben Miles
Greg Wise
Jared Harris
John Lithgow
Alex Jennings
Lia Williams
Anton Lesser
Matthew Goode
Olivia Colman
Tobias Menzies
Helena Bonham Carter
Ben Daniels
Jason Watkins
Marion Bailey
Erin Doherty
Jane Lapotaire
Charles Dance
Josh O’Connor
Geraldine Chaplin
Michael Maloney
Emerald Fennell
Andrew Buchan
Theme music composerHans Zimmer
Composer(s)Rupert Gregson-Williams 
Lorne Balfe 
Martin Phipps 
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Production
Executive producer(s)Peter Morgan
Stephen Daldry
Andy Harries
Philip Martin
Suzanne Mackie
Matthew Byam-Shaw
Robert Fox
Tanya Seghatchian
Nina Wolarsky
Allie Goss
Producer(s)Andrew Eaton
Production location(s)United Kingdom
Running time47–61 minutes
Production company(s)Left Bank Pictures
Sony Pictures Television
DistributorNetflix Streaming Services
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseNovember 4, 2016 –
present

The Crown Season 4 Cast and Characters

Main

  • Claire Foy (seasons 1–2) and Olivia Colman (season 3) as Queen Elizabeth II
  • Matt Smith (seasons 1–2) and Tobias Menzies (season 3) as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Vanessa Kirby (seasons 1–2) and Helena Bonham Carter (season 3) as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  • Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary (season 1)
  • Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden (seasons 1–2)
  • Victoria Hamilton (seasons 1–2) and Marion Bailey (season 3) as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
  • Ben Miles as Group Captain Peter Townsend (season 1, featured season 2)
  • Greg Wise (seasons 1–2) and Charles Dance (season 3) as Louis, Earl Mountbatten of Burma
  • Jared Harris as King George VI (season 1, featured season 2)
  • John Lithgow as Winston Churchill (season 1, featured seasons 2–3)
  • Alex Jennings (seasons 1–2) and Derek Jacobi (featured season 3) as Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor
  • Lia Williams (seasons 1–2) and Geraldine Chaplin (season 3) as Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
  • Anton Lesser as Harold Macmillan (season 2)
  • Matthew Goode (season 2) and Ben Daniels (season 3) as Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon
  • Jason Watkins as Harold Wilson (season 3)
  • Erin Doherty as Princess Anne (season 3)
  • Jane Lapotaire as Princess Alice of Battenberg (season 3)
  • Josh O’Connor as Charles, Prince of Wales (season 3)
  • Michael Maloney as Edward Heath (season 3)
  • Emerald Fennell as Camilla Shand (season 3)
  • Andrew Buchan as Andrew Parker Bowles (season 3)

Featured

The following actors are credited in the opening titles of single episodes in which they play a significant role.

  • Stephen Dillane as Graham Sutherland, a noted artist who paints a portrait of the ageing Churchill (season 1)
  • Gemma Whelan as Patricia Campbell, a secretary who works with Lord Altrincham and types up his editorial (season 2)
  • John Heffernan as Lord Altrincham, a writer who penned a scathing criticism of the Queen (season 2)
  • Paul Sparks as Billy Graham, a prominent American preacher whom Elizabeth consults (season 2)
  • Michael C. Hall as John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States who visits the Queen (season 2)
  • Jodi Balfour as Jacqueline Kennedy, the First Lady of the United States (season 2)
  • Burghart Klaußner as Dr Kurt Hahn, the founder of Gordonstoun, where Philip and Charles went to school (season 2)
  • Finn Elliot as school-aged Prince Philip (season 2, guest season 3)
  • Julian Baring as school-aged Prince Charles (season 2)
  • Clancy Brown as Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States (season 3)
  • Mark Lewis Jones as Edward Millward, Prince Charles’s Welsh language tutor (season 3)
  • Tim McMullan as Robin Woods, Dean of Windsor from 1962 to 1970 (season 3)
  • Harry Treadaway as Roddy Llewellyn, Princess Margaret’s boyfriend (season 3)

Recurring

  • Billy Jenkins as young Prince Charles (seasons 1–2)
  • Grace and Amelia Gilmour as young Princess Anne (seasons 1–2, uncredited)
  • Clive Francis as Lord Salisbury (seasons 1–2)
  • Pip Torrens as Tommy Lascelles (seasons 1–2; guest season 3)
  • Harry Hadden-Paton (seasons 1–2) and Charles Edwards (season 3) as Martin Charteris
  • Daniel Ings as Mike Parker (seasons 1–2)
  • Lizzy McInnerny as Margaret “Bobo” MacDonald (seasons 1–2)
  • Michael Bertenshaw as the Master of the Household (season 2; guest season 1)
  • Patrick Ryecart as the Duke of Norfolk(seasons 1, 3; guest season 2)
  • Will Keen (seasons 1–2) and David Rintoul(season 3) as Michael Adeane
  • James Laurenson as Doctor Weir (seasons 1–2)
  • Mark Tandy as Cecil Beaton (seasons 1–2)
  • Rosalind Knight (season 1) and Sophie Leigh Stone (season 2) as Princess Alice of Battenberg, Philip’s mother
  • Andy Sanderson (season 1) and Michael Thomas (season 3) as Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Elizabeth’s uncle (seasons 1, 3)
  • Michael Culkin as Rab Butler (seasons 1–2)
  • George Asprey as Walter Monckton(seasons 1–2)
  • Verity Russell as young Princess Elizabeth (season 1; guest season 3)
  • Beau Gadsdon as young Princess Margaret (season 1; guest season 3)
  • James Hillier (seasons 1–2) and Sam Phillips (season 3) as the Queen’s equerry
  • Anna Madeley as Clarissa Eden (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Nick Hendrix (season 1) and Tom Durant-Pritchard (guest season 2) as Billy Wallace
  • Josh Taylor as Johnny Dalkeith (season 1; guest season 2)
  • David Shields (season 1), Pip Carter (guest season 2) and Richard Teverson (guest season 3) as Colin Tennant
  • Julius D’Silva as Baron Nahum (guest seasons 1–2)
  • Jo Herbert as Mary Charteris (guest seasons 1–2)
  • Richard Clifford as Norman Hartnell (guest seasons 1–2)
  • Joseph Kloska (guest season 1; recurring season 2) and John Hollingworth (guest season 3) as Porchey
  • Amir Boutrous as Gamal Abdel Nasser(guest seasons 1–2)
  • Abigail Parmenter as Judy Montagu (guest seasons 1–2)
  • Leonie Benesch as Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark (season 2; guest season 3)

Season 1

  • Harriet Walter as Clementine Churchill
  • Nicholas Rowe as Jock Colville
  • Simon Chandler as Clement Attlee
  • Kate Phillips as Venetia Scott
  • Ronald Pickup as the Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Nigel Cooke as Harry Crookshank
  • Patrick Drury as the Lord Chamberlain
  • John Woodvine as the Archbishop of York
  • Jo Stone-Fewings as Collins
  • Tony Guilfoyle as the Bishop of Durham
  • Paul Thornley as Bill Mattheson

Season 2

  • Chloe Pirrie as Eileen Parker
  • Nicholas Burns as Anthony Nutting
  • Lucy Russell as Lady Mountbatten
  • Richard Elfyn as Selwyn Lloyd
  • Adrian Lukis as Vice-Admiral Sir Conolly Abel Smith
  • Guy Williams as Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
  • Simon Paisley Day as Meryn Lewis
  • Sylvestra Le Touzel as Dorothy Macmillan
  • Catherine Bailey as Elizabeth Cavendish
  • Paul Clayton as Bob Boothby
  • Yolanda Kettle as Camilla Fry
  • Ed Cooper Clarke as Jeremy Fry
  • Ryan Sampson as Dudley Moore
  • Tim Steed as John Profumo
  • Lyla Barrett-Rye as school-aged Princess Anne
  • Robert Irons as Freddie Bishop
  • Patrick Warner as Peter Cook
  • Oliver Maltman as Jim Orr
  • David Annen as Alec Douglas-Home
  • Richard Lintern as Stephen Ward

Season 3

  • Penny Downie as Alice, Duchess of Gloucester
  • Mark Dexter as Tony Benn, Labour politician
  • Lorraine Ashbourne as Barbara Castle, Labour politician
  • Aden Gillett as Richard Crossman
  • Sinéad Matthews as Marcia Williams, Labour politician who served as Harold Wilson’s private secretary
  • David Charles as George Thomas
  • Stuart McQuarrie as George Thomson, Baron Thomson of Monifieth
  • Connie M’Gadzah as Sydney Johnson

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