Thanks to its exquisite portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to power and its effect on her family and the political climate, The Crown became one of 2016’s most compelling breakout debuts.
Season two has landed on Netflix, picking up in 1956 during the Suez Crisis in Egypt and takes viewers through the next eight years, covering personal and political dramas.
Like the previous season, much of the drama relates to private scandals and heartache behind the palace walls.
“The relationship between [Prince] Philip [Matt Smith] and Elizabeth [Claire Foy] is really at the heart of our series,” director Philip Martin explains.
In season two, the couple’s priorities have never been more different. They have a young family, but Elizabeth is tied to England as she tries to navigate the changing times. Meanwhile, Philip is travelling the world, including to Australia for the 1956 Olympics.
One of the saddest storylines from the first season was the exploration of Princess Margaret’s (Vanessa Kirby) love life and the restrictions imposed on her because her sister was Queen.
“We meet Margaret in a very low place in season two,” Vanessa, 29, says.
But things will soon look up for the princess, who embarks on a steamy affair with Antony Armstrong-Jones (former Downton Abbey star Matthew Goode).
So what’s it like to film such a big-budget series? Scroll through for behind-the-scenes secrets.
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