The popular Netflix series “The Crown” led the audience on a comprehensive tour of modern history through the eyes of the British royal family, dramatizing important events from the post-war era to the Margaret Thatcher government .
But the exhibition’s modification of historical records (decoration, exaggeration and even some thorough inventions) has long caused debate between scholars and biographers, and the Secretary of Culture is now stepping up the discussion.
British Secretary of Culture Oliver Dowden told The Post in Sunday’s Daily Mail that he believes that Netflix needs to make it clear to the audience that the “Crown”
“This is a beautifully produced fictional work, so, like other TV works, Netflix should be clear from the beginning… Without this, I am worried that viewers who have not experienced these events might misunderstand the fictional facts. “, Dawton said.
The email reported that Dawton is expected to submit a request to the streaming media giant to require each episode of “Crown” to carry a warning label to indicate that the Emmy-winning series is a fictional version of the Windsor family legend.
Dowden and the British Cultural Department did not immediately respond to emails requesting comment. NBC News has contacted Netflix to comment on its remarks.
Peter Morgan is the creator and main writer of “The Crown”, and his performance has obtained the artistic permission of British history. This fact does not hide the fact that it traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II Trajectory, thereby amplifying the dramatic effect of certain events. The 1940s.
However, as the show’s storyline developed to modern times, the false treatment of famous figures such as Princess Diana and Prince Charles attracted many audiences, from professional historians and relatives of the Windsor family to political figures hovering around Buckingham Palace.
Former Royal Press Secretary Dickie Arbiter referred to the “crown” as the “tricky” of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and his first wife, Diana (Emma Corrin). jobs”.
The latest season of the show mainly revolves around the marriage and extramarital affairs of royal couples, exploring their personal pain for explosive drama.
Diana’s brother Charles Spencer also said that the plot should start with a warning, “It’s not true, but it’s based on some real events.” He told the BBC ITV: “I’m worried People do think this is the gospel, which is unfair.”
The historians of the Windsor family are also skeptical about the description of the relationship between the new season’s Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson). They insist on real-life harmony. The relationship is not as severe as the show shows.
Morgan, who has written the movies “Queen” and “Frost/Nixon”, has always insisted on his attitude towards history. He said that the creative team behind the performance conducted extensive research.
It is not uncommon for movies and TV shows based on historical events and famous people to deviate from strict factual records in the process of recording the spirit of the subject.
However, in-depth research may not be enough to reassure persevering critics of the “crown.” Sally Bedell Smith, author of the Queen’s biography, told NBC News that Morgan’s creed can also be summarized as “false drama and conflict above truth.”
“The danger is that in the public mind, [the show’s] Smith added that the virtual form of events is replacing actual events, which not only caused great harm to the Queen and her family, but also caused violence to history itself.