Netflix has released details on the much-anticipated second series of The Crown, the acclaimed drama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II.
While the first series focused on the early years of the Queen’s reign, paying particular attention to her relationships with Prince Philip, Princess Margaret and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the second season of The Crown will follow an older, more assured Elizabeth II.
It will begin in 1956 with the Suez Crisis in Egypt, and end with the scandalous resignation of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963. The show will also see the birth of the Queen and Prince Philip’s third child, Prince Andrew.
According to Netflix, “the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the Sixties” – which obviously sounds amazing.
Clare Foy and Matt Smith will return as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, with Vanessa Kirby reprising her role as the rebellious Princess Margaret.
The first trailer for the new season shows Elizabeth besieged by rumours about Prince Philip’s alleged infidelity, struggling to maintain her relationships with her sister and mother, and lamenting the quick turnover of British prime ministers.
Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was forced to resign after becoming embroiled in two notorious political scandals of the early Sixties: the Profumo affair and the Vassall scandal. John Profumo, Macmillan’s war secretary, was revealed as having had a sexual relationship with 19-year-old Christine Keeler, while John Vassall was a British civil servant who was exposed as a Soviet spy.
The trailer also sees Princess Margaret with the man who would later become her husband: photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, better known as Lord Snowdon (played here by Downton Abbey alum Matthew Goode). The princess embarked on a relationship with Armstrong-Jones after her romance with divorced Peter Townsend was effectively blocked by her family.
“The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined and shaped the second half of the twentieth century – a series that is unprecedented in its scale, ambition and creative vision,” said Netflix in a statement.
The Crown’s creator and writer Peter Morgan, director Stephen Daldry and producer Andy Harries (who have collectively worked on the films The Queen, Billy Elliot and The Hours) will return for the second season.
However, series two is expected to be the last in which the current cast will appear. The Crown’s producers have said that they want to replace the cast with older actors every two seasons, to reflect the fact that a significant amount of time has passed on the show.
The whole second season will drop on Netflix on Friday 8 December. We already can’t wait…
Watch the new trailer below.