The Crown spoilers follow.
The Crown always gives us a lot of food for thought, but the two central talking points in season four were undoubtedly Charles and Diana, and Margaret Thatcher.
Looking ahead to season five, the Iron Lady is no longer relevant to this story (although she was still stalking the hallowed halls of Westminster), but the relationship between the Prince of Wales and the People’s Princess will continue to remain a central fixture of the Netflix series moving forwards.
Here’s everything you need to know.
The Crown season 5 cast: Who’s in it?
It’s out with the old and in with the new for season five of The Crown.
Here’s what the cast looks like, with plenty more names to come:
Princess Margaret – Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Harlots)
It’s been reported that The Affair‘s Dominic West is in line to play Prince Charles, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Other people that have yet to be cast are the Queen Mother, Camilla Parker Bowles, the Queen’s other children (Anne, Andrew and Edward), and John Major, who was elected prime minister in 1992, followed by Tony Blair.
The Crown season 5 release date: When will it air?
According to Deadline, filming will not kick off until June 2021, with the series hitting screens in 2022.
That production break was reportedly always on the cards and has nothing to do with the pandemic.
Following Claire Foy’s reign as the Queen after seasons one and two, 2018 was also without a new batch of episodes, so this hiatus is in keeping with its regular schedule.
The Crown season 5 time period: What years and events will be covered?
Season four of The Crown wrapped up at Christmas 1990.
Margaret Thatcher was no longer PM after resigning in November that same year, and Charles and Diana, despite repeated attempts by the Prince of Wales, were still married.
We don’t currently have an official synopsis, but we can make a pretty solid educated guess about what’s to come.
1992 was described by the Queen herself as an “annus horribilis” (horrible year).
It was the year that Princess Anne officially divorced Captain Mark Phillips, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson announced that they were splitting, followed by some saucy tabloid photos of Ferguson on holiday with American businessman John Bryan, as well as a catastrophic fire at Windsor Castle.
It was also when Charles and Diana announced their separation, but their divorce was not finalised until August 28, 1996.
And there was the publication of Andrew Morton’s book Diana: Her True Story.
The journalist was already planning to write a book about her, but Diana got wind of the project and reached out to him. She sent him a number of tapes detailing her innermost thoughts, which made for both compelling and devastating reading.
On August 31, 1997, almost one year to the day that her divorce had been finalised, Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris along with her boyfriend at the time Dodi Fayed, an Egyptian film producer and son of billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed.
The driver Henri Paul, whose blood alcohol level was well above the legal driving limit, was also killed.
Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was the only person who survived.
The vehicle was being chased by paparazzi at the time. As Diana lay dying on the back seat of the car, they proceeded to take photographs of her, something that Prince Harry spoke about in the BBC documentary Diana, 7 Days, which aired back in 2017.
Other key moments and events that are likely to feature in the upcoming episodes are:
- The Queen’s golden wedding anniversary – 1997
- Tony Blair winning the general election – 1997
- Prince William and Kate, who briefly crossed paths when they were children, meeting at freshers’ week at the University of St Andrews – 2001
- The deaths of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother – 2002
- The Queen’s Golden Jubilee – 2002
Deadline reported that season six will “take the story up to the early 2000s”, so there’s a strong possibility that season five will cover Charles and Diana’s divorce, but go no further.
Instead, the death of Diana could be held for the show’s final chapter.
The Crown season 5 trailer: When can I watch it?
The official trailer and other promo material will arrive in the month leading up to the 2022 premiere.
Expect a lot more of the same…
The Crown seasons 1-4 are now streaming on Netflix.
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