Season five of The Crown has shot to the top of the Netflix chart following its release last week.
The latest series has been immensely criticised who have accused the show of portraying an inaccurate representation of events in the 1990s. High-profile figures in the entertainment industry, including Dame Judi Dench, have urged Netflix to add a disclaimer reminding viewers that some scenes are exaggerated for dramatic effect.
In a letter to the Times, Dench said Netflix “seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism”. Meanwhile, former UK Prime Minister, Sir John Major, described a scene involving a conversation between him, and Prince Charles about the Queen abdicating as “malicious nonsense”.
Following the criticism, Netflix added the handle “fictional dramatisation” to the trailer for the new series. Despite the show being flexible with the truth, it’s been a hit with viewers and was watched for 107.39 million hours between November 7th to 13th.
The Queen’s death has likely enhanced the public’s interest in The Royal Family, which is perhaps why so many have tuned into the latest series of The Crown.
Speaking at a press conference Jonathan Pryce, who plays Prince Philip, said: “People will gain a bit of comfort seeing her embodied again.” He told the BBC’s David Sillito that the series “sets out to humanise the Royal Family and allow us to experience some of the emotion they had.”
Watch the trailer below.