Netflix’sThe Crown, the drama series charting the early days of Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as British monarch, is returning to our screens later on this year.
Get clued up on series two below.
When is the Crown series 2 released on Netflix?
The show returns just in time for a Christmassy binge on Friday 8th December.
Is there a trailer?
Yes. Ten years into her reign, Queen Elizabeth seems to be feeling the pressure, while a rift between herself and her husband emerges.
Who’s who and who’s new in the cast?
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith and Claire Foy will be back for their final run out as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip ahead of an era jump in series 3. Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Victoria Hamilton (The Queen Mother) and Jeremy Northam (Anthony Eden) are also expected to return.
Matt Smith as Prince Philip & Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
New arrivals include period piece veteran Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, Brideshead Revisited) as Lord Snowdon, and Dexter’s Michael C Hall, who will play John F Kennedy. Jodi Balfour (Quarry) is also signed on to play Jackie Onassis.
Matthew Goode in Downton Abbey
Sadly, it seems unlikely that John Lithgow’s Winston Churchill will be back, following his resignation at the end of season 1. He has not been on set this year.
John Lithgow as Winston Churchill
What is going to happen?
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Foy teased that series 2 will “pretty much pick up where we left off”, and span 7/8 years, taking us up to around 1964. It is likely that the show will touch upon the fallout of the Kennedy assassination, as well as false claims that were made during this period that Philip had relationships with actress Pat Kirkwood and TV personality Katie Boyle.
Showrunner Peter Morgan has also confirmed that the focus will be shifting slightly away from the Queen this time round, as other royals take centre stage. This series will hone in on Prince Philip, delving into his past and his relationship with his son.
“We start to focus on Charles as a young boy and his education, and on Philip and his back story,” Morgan told People magazine.
Foy and Smith will both depart the show following this season, as The Crown moves into the latter stages of the Queen’s life.