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I binged this and it's probably not for everyone but I liked it.  If you liked Downton Abbey, you'll enjoy it.  The Crown is the same kind of show, glacial pacing and gorgeous to look at.  Performances are all solid but John Lithgow is outstanding as Churchill.

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I'll have to watch it now cos my mate's daughter's hands are in it. When the Queen writes … that's Sarah.  All those presents of fountain pens over the years finally paid off. Sarah's currently s

so I finally tracked the crown down on u tube I'm not quite at the end of episode one and I'm steeling myself for when the king dies because watching documentaries I always cry when the king dies

I binged this and it's probably not for everyone but I liked it.  If you liked Downton Abbey, you'll enjoy it.  The Crown is the same kind of show, glacial pacing and gorgeous to look at.  Performance

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so I finally tracked the crown down on u tube

I'm not quite at the end of episode one and I'm steeling myself for when the king dies because watching documentaries I always cry when the king dies because Elizabeth 2 is so young and also bevause Elizabeth the Queen mum is also young and is going to be without him for so long  

maybe the trouble is I know the story and I have a great deal of respect for the monarchy of my country

and I didn't enjoy downtown Abby - it bored me to tears 

but it's bloody slow and I don't like what either Elizabeth or Philip look like nor do I like how George V1 is portrayed 

I do however think they got Queen Mary pretty good - too bad her character will have to die soon 

plus there are inaccuracies 

compaired to Victoria, ( which also has inaccuracies) but which I just can't get enough of,  this is kind of boring 

 

if this is the most expensive tv show ever made I'm glad I've been watching the real thing my entire life 

(ps keep your Trump - I thank God we have been so well served by Elizabeth  )

anyway maybe it will get better ....

PPS Elizabeth and Philip have both been to my home town on numerous ocassions and one time the Duke stopped to talk to my mum

when I was 9 or 10  Princess Diana stopped to talk to me and I gave her a flower 

 

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episode 2 a watershed of tears as predicted so they must be getting something right

I'm really enjoying Queen Mary 

episode 3 Hmmmmm

I don't like famous speeches read by anyone other than who we know actually read them 

also they don't have Queen Elizabeth the Queen mum quite right 

but here I am still watching 

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so i got netflex on a free months trial so i can Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce on Broadway

i had watched a bit of the crown on u tube before but it was like a postage stamp small

anyway im becoming less and less impresed with it as i go along

but maybe this thing is fiction and i need to just enjoy it

i must rant !

but first

 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11969549

i just got up to where the royal yatch rescued a Tongan fiaherman 

everdently its pure fiction

a couple of things ive come across i know are wrong

maybe im just too serouse to enjoy it for ehat it is

pure entertainment - historical  fiction

trouble is this is my Beautiful dignified and alweays dutiful head of stateand her nearest and dearest 

 

 

 it could have been so much better with just a tiny bit of research

thsee people are real and just like anyone they have had their funny moments

 Princess Elizebth's tiera broke on her wedding day and the jewler had to fix it, the historic  pearls Dad, HM gave her she wanted to wear but they were on dosplay with the other presents.  so a private secretary had to borrow the king of Norway's limo to go retrieve them and her flowers went AWOL for the photos and they had to redo the pics after the wedding with a not quite identical bouquet 

these facts are fun and also eaiserly found on google on many sites and they are not made up

i.dont like the way Winston is portrayed nor HM the Queen mum 

one thing ill say in its favour is the Dr Who that plays Philip (always my favorite royal since he stopped to talk to my mum on a walkabout) is he looks a bit like Prince Harry

anyway im watching it but it aint that flipping good and i very much doubt sny member of the royal family has watched more than 10 min of it in less they have an outragouse sence of humour or are very drunk or too sick to change the channel

in real life our main characters have bern married for 71 years

they are still with us

i think the fiction/ fantasy element is disrespectful

i hate to think what future series are going to be like with Diana and Camila

also no mention of NZ durring that long commonwrath tour after the Corrination 

these things should not be left to the Americans to produce

let them have their Kennedys but hands off our royal family

 

this is probably the only really anti American thing i have ever said on this website 

dear American friends, dont take this serirs as fact - id say 70% of it is pure embellishment

i think the Queen mum would hate it and Queen Mary must be turning in her grave

on that note ite worth checking out documentaries on both these ladies as war time Queens 

there are really good docos on u tube 

you can watch the real.Corrination 

 

I did however think Queen Mary was well cast

 

somethinh i watched the other day i enjoyed so much more was like a tv olay i found from.1975 about Edwatd V11 who was Queen Victoria's son

it had beautiful acting and lovelly sets and costumes 

maybe i enjoyed it bevsuse i dont know all that much about Edward althougj i have read a bit on Queen Alexandra 

anyway no offence intended to our American friends

we might not have won the war without Wallace Simpson and we might all be speaking German (pink font) -

family wrecking bitch who was surley sent from God so we would have George V1 with Queen Elizebth at his side as soverign durring our darkest hours

 

 

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sorry about the rant

have had a hard couple of days at the hospital with Gary to get home to find my recently prevouse employer has not paid me my last pay yet

 

anyway this series is really very good

it always has a wee bit before the credits so nothing is missing at the start

im having trouble with the link ...

 

 

 

 

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I am surprised Daisey, I thought you would really like The Crown. The episodes (in series 2 I think) with Margaret and Cpt Townsend are very good but there is also one I didn't enjoy at all about Gordonstoun. You might, of course, have given up by then!

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I agree with Daisey about some of the casting.  Of course there's more to it than appearance, but if somebody looks really wrong I find it hard to get past.
Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother - she has a square face with strong features, the complete opposite of the QM.
I didn't like John Lithgow as Churchill either.  He's much too tall and thin, and I was constantly distracted by his contortions attempting to hide it.

But there was some great casting too - Pip Torrens, Alex Jennings, Matthew Goode, Greg Wise and others all very convincing in their roles.

Not looking forward to Olivia Colman as the Queen though, although I can see Tobias Menzies as Philip.

 

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2 hours ago, Ann Jones said:

I am surprised Daisey, I thought you would really like The Crown. The episodes (in series 2 I think) with Margaret and Cpt Townsend are very good but there is also one I didn't enjoy at all about Gordonstoun. You might, of course, have given up by then!

im.struggling on

Princess Margaret is getting her photo done by Anthony Armstrong-Jones

the actress who plays her is pretty but maybe its easy to get a beautiful actress to play a beautiful princess than it is to get someone to play someone like a younger Queen mum (beaitiful in her own right) who doesn't fit the definition of today's beauty

and the real Prince Philip was alot more handsome that Dr Who but its a hard call for an actor to play someone so well known 

i think it will get less enjoysble when it gets into my lifetime and i Remember stuff myself

i feel uneasy about the whole thing as more characters will appear who are still very much alive

the sets are beautiful

 

i think ive said this before but Victoria is more enjoyable because i know less about what those peoole looked like but that too might change as Victoria ages and how far they continue into her old age and if we get to see the lives of her grandchildren 

anyway back to The Crown

im perservering 

but im glad i didnt buy it on dvd

 

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so its Bruce on netflex day

so i took a chil pill 

im.enjoying it more

well i dont like uncle David one little bit so i like how they portray him as weak and slimmy

wicked undeserving man

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well thanks forvthe encouragment to preserver and keep going

i actually enjoyed the latter half of season 2

i just had to get used to it i guess

Prince Philip is my favourite royal and ive desided his portrayal on the show isnt unsympathetic 

i did want to slap Prince Andrew od Greece for what he said to Philip at Ceceil's funeral 

 

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the jewles of the crown

http://www.thecourtjeweller.com/2019/08/jewels-on-film-first-glimpse-of-crown.html?m=1

this website is one of the places i go for pure escapism 

its safe to confess this here because i don't think any if the boys visit this thread :lol:

i don't say much but my screen name is Princess Daisy with the Queen of Denmark  as my avitar

 

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im reading a recap on the last two seasons eposode by episode and im remembering alot of things i don't like

they need to employ better historians who know how to work a time line for one and im not talking about flash backs

they have really cocked things up with alot of happenings and dates and im stiff miffed that the very long post corination tour of the commonwealth got such scant attention 

and drop the agenda of making Philip and Margaret being the bad ones and uncle Dickie too for that matter 

also the Queen mum has been badly underutilized script wise

and where was Princess Ann ?

also they had the Queen wearing jewles left to her by Queen Mary when Queen Mary was not only still alive but wearing them to dinner every evening ! 

also some that was  still being worn by the Queen mum, and her daughter didn't get them till after her death many many many years after this show is set

ive read that Cartier used copywrite to stop them replicating the jewlery made by them 

incidentally the Queen's engagment ring is very baddly portrayed 

they should have got jewlery costume designers who specialise in history and who arnt afraid to read books - there are quite alot of books on the Queen's jewles and what was left to her by whome and when

i forget that as a work of fiction based loosely on some real events its for entertainment but there are some real stinkers in that series and i hope none of the real people portrayed in that show watch it or their children

i hope they portray Camilia nicely or at least truthfully this series 

this is why i would never want a movie about Bruce's life

 

 

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There has been a lot about the new series in the papers over here. I don't think Gillian Anderson as Thatcher appears until series 4. From pictures I have seen Olivia Coleman still looks like Olivia Coleman, but she is such a good actress, I am sure I will soon get used to her being the Queen.

One of the articles I read (which I should have kept the link to) talked about how a retired palace insider is consultant to the series.

On another note, we are planning to visit The Royal Yacht Britannia tomorrow. It featured quite a bit in series 2, I think.

 

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