Britons criticise the accuracy of The Crown Season 5

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Season five of The Crown portrays the Royal Family’s lives throughout the Nineties. The latest 10 episodes in the Netflix drama give viewers insight into a troubled decade for the Firm covering Queen Elizabeth II’s Annus Horribilis, the downfall of Diana and Charles’ marriage, and the many further challenges facing the monarch’s reign.

The new season was available to stream in full on Netflix on November 9 and in the first week since its release reached the top of Netflix’s English-language charts, with 107.39 million hours watched. 

In a poll that ran from 1:30pm on Friday, November 18 to 1:30pm on Wednesday, November 23, asked readers their thoughts on the latest season of The Crown.

First asked: “Have you watched season 5?” A total of 1,353 people responded to this question, with the vast majority, 70 percent (948 people) answering “yes” they have seen the latest season. Whereas 29 percent (393 people) said “no” they have not, while 12 people daid they did not know.

Then asked: “Did you like it?” Overall, 1,374 votes were cast and readers were divided with 29 percent (397 people) answering “yes” and 28 percent (385 people) said “no”. 

A further 17 percent (229 people) said they liked “some of it” and seven people said they did not know, while 26 percent (356 people) said they were not watching.

In the comments below the accompanying article, dozens of readers shared their thoughts on the show. Some, like username Norma Stitts, said they liked the show: “Another great, quality production from Netflix. Well done!”

Others enjoyed it as entertainment, with username Politicianloather commenting: “I’ve enjoyed it. I don’t see it as entirely correct, but, after all, it is a drama.”

Username tory333 said: “All historical dramas, books, documentaries etc. are written and/or shown with the author’s frame of reference and artistic interpretation and impressions. 

“Nothing is new. Just watch it with that in mind as one does with any piece of artistic expression or work. Keep an open mind and enjoy it for what it’s worth.”

And username DAB2302 remarked: “It’s like everything else that’s put into film, everything is hyped up to make it more interesting.”

Some readers commented that the interpretation of events had changed their view of the show. Username JPlat said: “Although the series has never pretended to be historically accurate, this season is especially lacking that way.”

Username bobpage said: “Only three episodes in, it does seem to be a bit of a hatchet job on the Queen and King Charles.”

And username cherokee3 wrote: “HMTQ was very poorly done by in nearly every scene…never mind the issues with accuracy.”

Meanwhile, this put username Here Goes off: “I have no interest in watching the ‘show’, I’ll stick with my recollection of events as they happened in real-time.”


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Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby slammed the historical accuracy of the show, telling the Mail on Sunday: “The Crown is full of nonsense, but this is nonsense on stilts.”

Royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith was also critical and said: “This programme is doing significant damage to people’s perception of history and their perception of the Royal Family. 

“It has been packed full of malicious lies from the beginning but this level of abuse is now beyond the pale. The events depicted here are outrageous and totally fictional.”

Dame Judi Dench has called for Netflix to issue a disclaimer with each episode, adding: “The closer the drama comes to our present times, the more freely it seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism.”

The Crown’s screenwriter Peter Morgan, who wrote all of the new season, defended the creative decisions made. He said: “I think we must all accept that the Nineties was a difficult time for the Royal Family, and King Charles will almost certainly have some painful memories of that period. But that doesn’t mean that, with the benefit of hindsight, history will be unkind to him, or the monarchy.”

Other readers argued that they had no interest in The Crown, with username Slow Burn commenting: “No plan to watch it.”

Similarly, username lioness55 said they “wouldn’t dream of watching the rubbish”.

Username Michelle Miles wrote: “Have never watched it and never will.”

And username imppy55 added: “Another reason to cancel Netflix.”

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