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Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals

  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 1: Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals

Summary

Major documentary telling the inside story of the royal family and the Queen's record-breaking reign. The first episode focuses on the conflict between love and duty that faces the royals - and which has occasionally threatened to bring down the House of Windsor. Edward VIII fatefully chose love when he abdicated to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson. Charles chose duty when he married Diana. The Queen, however, has managed to find a balance, maintaining a long marriage while becoming the longest-serving monarch.
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Review

This new four-parter is piggybacking on the success of The Crown, even going to the extent of re-exploring the drama’s main theme: the battle between head and heart. So we get a potted history of the occasions when the Windsors have prioritised passion over royal commitments (Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson), as well as times when the opposite was true and love ended up being sacrificed on the altar of duty (Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana Spencer).

Along the way, there are some gossipy revelations thanks to titbits from the National Archives, though many of the anecdotes are well-worn. For instance, do we really need another reminder that Diana’s gown was rumpled and creased on the day of her wedding?

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rolename
DirectorIan A Hunt
Executive producerBridget Boseley
Executive producerMira King
ProducerGeorgie Nicholson
ProducerIan A Hunt

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  • Episode 1

    Inside the Crown: Secrets of the Royals

    Summary

    Major documentary telling the inside story of the royal family and the Queen's record-breaking reign. The first episode focuses on the conflict between love and duty that faces the royals - and which has occasionally threatened to bring down the House of Windsor. Edward VIII fatefully chose love when he abdicated to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson. Charles chose duty when he married Diana. The Queen, however, has managed to find a balance, maintaining a long marriage while becoming the longest-serving monarch.
    Recommended

    Review

    This new four-parter is piggybacking on the success of The Crown, even going to the extent of re-exploring the drama’s main theme: the battle between head and heart. So we get a potted history of the occasions when the Windsors have prioritised passion over royal commitments (Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson), as well as times when the opposite was true and love ended up being sacrificed on the altar of duty (Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles and Diana Spencer).

    Along the way, there are some gossipy revelations thanks to titbits from the National Archives, though many of the anecdotes are well-worn. For instance, do we really need another reminder that Diana’s gown was rumpled and creased on the day of her wedding?

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorIan A Hunt
    Executive producerBridget Boseley
    Executive producerMira King
    ProducerGeorgie Nicholson
    ProducerIan A Hunt

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