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Review: The Crown – Episode 4 & 5 “Act of God” & “Smoke and Mirrors”

The next two episodes of The Crown turned out to be completely different creatures, with episode 4 sinking into dull melodrama before episode 5 arrived to make everything so much better. In fact, they showcased the weaknesses and strengths of this drama quite neatly in just two hours. Episode 4, "Act of God" went into full metaphor mode, using the famed Great Smog of London in 1952 to bluntly illustrate struggles under dark times. It focused mostly on Winston Churchill,…

Review: The Crown – Episode 2 & 3 “Hyde Park Corner” & “Windsor”

As The Crown moves into its second and third episodes, the high drama shows no signs of stopping. Despite sometimes slipping into some melodrama, there was plenty of romance, torment and stunning costumes to please every period drama fan. These episodes set up Elizabeth and Philip’s married bliss as they tour through Africa, far away from the constraints of Buckingham Palace. Matt Smith and Claire Foy have a wonderful chemistry, balancing each other so well that it’s all very romantic.…

Review: The Crown – Episode 1 “Wolferton Splash”

When it comes to period dramas, we fans are used to being patient. Outnumbered by superhero movies, television quiz shows and Channel 4 ‘documentaries’, we might be lucky enough to get a couple of period drama films or a few episodes per year. Never before have we been able to actually do that coveted Netflix binge with our favourite genre, but thanks to The Crown, bonfire night became less about fireworks than it did about hunkering down on the sofa…