Dame Judi Dench has called for a disclaimer to be added to each episode of The Crown, saying the Netflix hit series has begun to tend to have a “raw sensationalism”.
the screen and stage veteran said that despite the streaming giant’s previous claims that the show was a “fictional drama”, there was a risk that “a large number of viewers ” will regard its events as historical facts.
She added that the “apparently painful hints contained in the new series” will prove “damaging” to the monarchy and cannot go unchallenged.
Dame Judi made the comments in a letter to The Times, following former prime minister Sir John Major’s previous concerns about the content of the highly anticipated fifth series of The Crown, which will premiere on Sunday. November 9
Sir John is said to have described the upcoming scenes, which allegedly depict the King, then Prince of Wales, plotting to overthrow the Queen, as “malicious nonsense”.
It is expected to show Charles cutting short his holiday with Diana, Princess of Wales, to hold a secret meeting with Sir John at Highgrove in 1991.
“Sir John Major is not alone in being concerned that The Crown’s latest series will present an inaccurate and hurtful story of history (News, October 17),” wrote Dame Judi.
“Indeed, the closer the drama is to our present day, the more freely it seems to be willing to blur the line between historical accuracy and raw sensationalism.
“While many will recognize The Crown for its wonderful but fictionalized narrative of the events that it inherently holds, I fear that a significant number of viewers, especially overseas, may consider its historical version to be entirely real.”
Dame Judi said that the proposed proposals made in the new series are “cruel injustice to individuals and damaging to the organization they represent”.
She continued: “No one believes in artistic freedom more than I do, but this cannot go unchallenged.
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“Despite a public statement this week that The Crown has always been a ‘fictional drama’, the show’s producers have rejected any calls for them to make the disclaimer at the beginning of each episode. .
The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events. Series five is a fictional play that imagines what might happen behind closed doors during an important decade for the royal family.Spokesperson for The Crown
“It’s time for Netflix to reconsider – for the sake of a family and a country that he recently lost, as an homage to a king who served his people so thoughtfully in the past. 70 years and to preserve its reputation in the eyes of its UK registrants. “
For the upcoming series of lavish royal dramas, which feature recurring roles, Dominic West plays Charles, while Elizabeth Debicki plays Diana and Imelda Staunton Queen.
A spokesperson for The Crown previously said: “The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.
“Series five is a fictional play, imagining what might happen behind closed doors during an important decade for the royal family – partly covered by journalists, writers, etc. Biographers and historians scrutinized and recorded in full.”
Netflix has also said the sixth and final series of The Crown will not depict the Paris car crash that killed Diana in August 1997, contrary to media reports.
PA news agency understands that this series will show the lead up to the fatal crash and its consequences, not the accident itself.
The fourth series of Netflix’s lavish drama has also been criticized for allegedly not doing enough to make sure viewers know it’s a work of fiction.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/dame-judi-dench-criticises-the-crown-for-crude-sensationalism-42080613.html Dame Judi Dench criticizes The Crown for ‘gross sensationalism’