Netflix is set to launch its first UK series titled The Crown. The big-budget production centering on the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family will be available on November 4.
The Crown stars Claire Foy as the young Queen Elizabeth II. It begins in 1947 with the chaotic politics that followed the end of World War II. She is still in the early stages of her reign with her husband Prince Philip, played by Matt Smith.
The Telegraph reports that the drama tells the inside story of British monarchy in the Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. It will showcase the “intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”
Each of the 10 episodes of the first season run of The Crown spans a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s rule.
While Netflix is known for its lavish productions, The Crown is the company’s most expensive drama series to date. According to Engadget US$156 million ($204 million) was spent to produce the first season. A large chunk of the expenses went to Claire Foy’s extravagant costumes as Queen Elizabeth II.
All 10 episodes of The Crown were filmed in the United Kingdom, particularly Ely Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and the Lyceum Theatre in the West End.
The Crown is helmed by Peter Morgan, who also wrote the 2006 Oscar-winning film The Queen. According to The Guardian, he described the series as “bold but not sensationalizing” and will show the royal family as “real human beings.”
Also starring in The Crown are John Lithgow, Victoria Hamilton, Jared Harris, Vanessa Kirby and Eileen Atkins.
Netflix has announced the release date for two other shows. Marco Polo Season 2 will be available on July 1. Netflix will also introduce its first non-English language drama series titled Marseilles on May 5.