‘The Crown’ back Nov. 9 for season 5 with new queen, Diana
“The Crown” will return to its Netflix throne in early November.
The drama series about Queen Elizabeth II and her extended family will begin its fifth season on Nov. 9, the streaming service said Saturday. The premiere will take place two months after the Queen’s death on September 8 at the age of 96.
Production on the sixth season was suspended on the day of the Queen’s death and once again for the funeral of Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
In the upcoming season, Imelda Staunton is the latest in a series of actors who have played the decades of Elizabeth’s life and reign. The first two seasons star Claire Foy as the young princess Elizabeth who ascends to the throne and becomes queen. Seasons 3 and 4 showed Olivia Colman as a more mature queen.
The series has won 22 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Drama for Foy and Coleman. Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles as a young man in 13 episodes, won an Emmy for best actor in a drama.
The central role of Princess Diana was transferred from Emma Corinne in season four to Elizabeth Debicki (“Tenet”) for seasons five and six. He stars opposite Dominic West as Prince Charles. The prince, Elizabeth’s eldest child, became King Charles III after her death.
Other newcomers include Leslie Manville as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip.
Season 5 of “The Crown” is expected to cover the royal family’s tumultuous decades, when Charles and Diana’s marriage disintegrated in chaos. The Princess of Wales died following a car accident in Paris in August 1997.
The series has been widely praised as a drama, but has been criticized by some for its lack of historical accuracy. Two years ago, Netflix rejected requests to add a disclaimer to the series.
Peter Morgan, creator of “The Crown” and writer of other recent dramas including “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon,” has defended his work, calling it thoroughly researched and spiritually true.
This story was originally published September 24, 2022, 1:25 p.m.