Say what you will about the Royals but The Crown is one popular TV show. It swept the Golden Globe Awards yet again this year and audiences are so keen on it they’re making the UK Government nervous about its presentation of facts.
The fourth season of The Crown debuted on Netflix in November of 2020, so we still have an agonisingly long wait until a new season hits our screens. To help you endure, this is everything we know so far about season five of The Crown.
What time period will season 5 cover?
Picking up where the fourth season left off, season 5 of The Crown will explore the 90s. (Potential spoilers ahead, but also this is history, so catch up).
The ’90s were particularly tumultuous for the Queen and there will be many incidents to cover in the show. In 1992, she made a speech on the 40th anniversary of her accession, describing that year as her “annus horribilis”.
She saw the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in March, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips in April, and then Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s separation was announced in December.
It was also the year of a fire at Windsor Castle, which led to the Queen paying tax on her income when she opened up Buckingham Palace to the public to fund the restoration.
Apparently, the show will also cover Princess Diana’s bombshell interview with the BBC’s Panorama. In the interview, Diana discussed the breakdown of her marriage and Charles’, his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles and the fact she felt unsupported by The Firm.
As always, there will also be a range of new prime ministers to run through such as John Major and Tony Blair, and there will be a few deaths in the royal family as well.
The upcoming season of The Crown will also have to cover Princess Diana’s tragic death at some point, which occurred in 1997. Creator, Peter Morgan, has said he envisions The Crown ending in the early 2000s, so it’s possible Diana’s death may be tackled at the end of season 5 or early in the next season.
The Crown Season 5: Cast
Just like the royal family, The Crown also has a line of succession. Seasons 5 and 6 of the show will see new actors take on these iconic figures, just as actors changed between seasons 2 and 3.
Playing Queen Elizabeth II is Imelda Staunton, who you may recognise from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. She’ll take over the role from Olivia Colman who took over from Claire Foy.
The first photo of Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II has been released and we honestly had to do a double-take looking at it. Wearing a pale yellow dress and the monarch’s signature curls, the actress bears a striking resemblance to the Queen.
“As an actor, it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to [series creator] Peter Morgan’s scripts,” the actress said in a statement after her role was announced.
“I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”
Emma Corrin, who just nabbed a Golden Globe for her performance as Diana, will be replaced by Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki (Tenet, The Great Gatsby). And Dominic West (The Affair), has been confirmed in the role of Prince Charles.
We received our first look at the pair in their new roles and you’ve got to say, they certainly look the part. Debicki as Diana may lead you to do a double-take, in fact.
Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) will take over for Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. Jonathon Pryce (The Two Popes) will play Prince Philip in seasons 5 and 6.
Prime Minister John Major, who led the UK from 1990 to 1997, will be played by Elementary actor Jonny Lee Miller.
Where did season 4 end?
The fourth season of The Crown wrapped up in 1990 with Margaret Thatcher’s resignation as Prime Minister. As well as a frosty Christmas a Balmoral, where the Queen and Prince Philip grow tired of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage problems.
The Queen tells Charles to focus on his royal duty, while Philip warns Diana of the consequences should her marriage fail.
The Crown Season 5 release date
It seems that 2021 will be a sad year without The Crown. Deadline reports that The Crown won’t premiere on Netflix until 2022.
This is apparently due to a scheduled filming break but the pandemic probably hasn’t helped things either. The Crown took a similar filming break between seasons 2 and 3.
The silver lining here is that The Crown will be getting both a season 5 and a season 6. The show was originally meant to end with its fifth season but Peter Morgan changed his mind and decided to flesh the story out into another season. Season 6 will be the show’s last.
When it does premiere, you can catch season 5 of The Crown on Netflix.
This article on The Crown season 5 has been updated since its original publish date.