The Crown (2016– )
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As the Soviets test the H-bomb, both Churchill and Eden have major health crises. Angry about her inadequate education, Elizabeth hires a tutor.


Benjamin Caron


Peter Morgan (created by), Peter Morgan | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Verity Russell Verity Russell ... Young Princess Elizabeth
Beau Gadsdon ... Young Princess Margaret
James Hillier ... Equerry (Buckingham Palace)
Will Keen ... Michael Adeane


Elizabeth feels that her education makes her inadequate to converse with clever statesmen so she enlists the aid of private tutor Professor Hogg. Following the Russians exploding the H-bomb Foreign Secretary Eden is sent to America to see President Eisenhower but he is not a well man and the talks do not go ahead whilst back home Churchill also suffers a stroke but keeps it from the queen, to stay in office. Learning the truth she is angry and rebukes him as well as standing up to the out-going Lascelles over the choice of his successor, having learnt self-confidence, rather than facts from her tutor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Queen addresses three corgis by name: Honey, Sugar and Pippin. All three existed in real life, and Sugar was photographed with the Royal Family for the cover of Australian Women's Women's Weekly in 1959. See more »


Mention is made of Eisenhower's preoccupation with the military-industrial complex. That term did not enter common parlance until years later, after his farewell address in 1961. See more »


John F. Dulles: [seeing Eden slumped in his chair] That is not a sleeping man, that is a sad metaphor. The second greatest man in what used to be the greatest nation in the world.
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She Comes of Age
1 December 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Queen is seen in a flashback, receiving instruction from a tutor who gives her information on how to be a young lady. There is no math or history or politics. She is informed of the protocols of royalty. When she sits down to eat, she learns that all others must wait for her to take her first bite. When she is at a state dinner, she is only to talk to one person at the table. She is also, for the most part, to keep quiet. This segues into the current world situation, which is accented by the H-bomb tests by the Soviets. Churchill and Eden are both quite ill, Churchill having had a mild stroke, and she not knowing enough about world politics to converse properly. She is also being led by the nose by her secretary, who is filled with his own importance, telling her what is "right." She engages a tutor who is going to give her basic instruction. Eisenhower agrees to come to Buckingham Palace and a state dinner is planned. She knows nothing of Eisenhower and his interests or much about him as a leader. The tutor is instructed to get her up to speed. She suddenly realizes that she can't lead with the cautiousness that she has exhibited to this point. She is in a crisis situation and realizes that somehow her power has been taken over. She wants it

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