Netflix's first costume drama The Crown is set to go live in 190 countries on November 4. And with overwhelming anticipation for the streaming service's Queen Elizabeth II biopic, its production team has revealed they've already "mapped out" the story lines for a further two series.
Speaking to The Guardian, Andy Harries, the co-founder of Left Bank Pictures says the next two seasons are already plotted with story lines that trace the changing dynamic of the royal family right up until the late 1980s.
“There are so many things in [the next series] – Thatcher, Blair, Diana. But I’m sure Netflix will want to wait and see how this one goes first,” Harries said.
There's plenty of material for what promises to be TV's most lavish new series, given that the Queen's reign is the longest in British history.
Netflix has spent £100 million on the show, making it the streaming service's most lavish series to date. It features a life-size replica of the palace, a £30,000 replica of the the Queen's wedding dress and an all-star cast including Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the monarch and her husband.
While Netflix sought out the show in order to grow its older audience of subscribers and appeal to the Downton Abbey fan base, the show's trailer reveals a refreshingly fresh, feminist take on the period genre.
Watch the first trailer for The Crown
Depicting the private life of Britain's most public figure, it follows the first few days of the Queen's reign, as she struggles with her new-found authority. Coming to blows with with both her husband Prince Philip and Prime Minster Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) we see the 25-year-old Royal grow in confidence against the backdrop of a male-dominated era. It also creates a saddening portrait of King George VI’s battle with lung cancer and his resulting untimely death.
Clear your diaries - your new binge-watch addiction is almost here and there's plenty more to come.