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The Crown season four will be landing on Netflix across the globe on November 15 and the highly-anticipated series continues to track the reign of the Queen of England – Elizabeth II. This series introduces some brand new cast members as the season jumps forward in time to the years of the Margaret Thatcher (played by Gillian Anderson) government. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about where The Crown is filmed and set.
Where is The Crown set?
The Crown is a historical drama series which has been airing on Netflix since 2016 and it is set in England during the early days of Queen Elizbeth II’s reign.
The first three seasons covered her marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies), the birth of Prince Edward and the introduction of Camilla (Emerald Fennell) the Duchess of Cornwall.
The fourth season will cover the years 1977 to 1990 and iconic moments will include Thatcher’s time in government and the introduction of Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin).
The 10-episode season will also cover Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Diana’s tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1983, the Falklands War and tensions between the Queen and Thatcher.
Fans will also see the funeral of Louis Mountbatten (Charles Dance), following his assassination which involved a bomb being planted on his fishing boat.
Actress Colman gave some insight into what fans can expect, saying: “We see a much more settled Queen and Phillip with a switch of focus onto the cracks
appearing in the now grown-up children’s relationships.
“This leads the Queen to have some self-doubt about her mothering skills when they were younger. She continues to struggle at times with changes in the outside world – it is a constant worry of whether or not the Royal Family are losing touch and not moving with the time.”
Actors Corrin and O’Connor spoke to HeyUGuys about the production value of the series and they said entering the set was like stepping back into the time of Queen Elizabeth II.
Corrin said: “I watched it before I was in it, I mean, I’m such a big fan. And yeah, the amount of detail I think and precision that goes into creating each scene is like phenomenal, quite breathtaking.”
O’Connor joked that he had “totally screwed” himself by telling everyone he was planning to steal a paperweight this year. Thinking about it now, actually it’s not even that nice. It was like a paperweight with the real Prince Charles’s face on it.”
Where is The Crown filmed?
Early production started on the third and fourth seasons back in October 2017, with Netflix confirming the two seasons in January 2018.
Filming for the fourth season started in August 2019 and covered a seven-month period until March 2020 – just before the coronavirus outbreak.
The producers of the series said all filming had been completed ahead of the pandemic, and fans were excited to hear the new episodes would be arriving soon.
Filming for the series takes place all across the UK, with locations including Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire and more.
Somerley House is the filming location for Charles and Diana’s Highgrove estate, meanwhile, High Canons in Borehamwood stood in for Clarence House.
Gatcombe Park scenes are filmed at Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire, and the Buckingham Palace scenes are shot at Lancaster House, near the real palace.
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Buckingham Palace shots were also filmed at Wilton House in Wiltshire, and Waddesdon Manor.
The creators had a difficult time trying to find the right set for Thatcher’s household, until they came across the Aylesbury Estate in London.
Mark Walledge, Supervising Locations Manager, said: “This season saw the introduction of the Thatcher years. The script focused on the events surrounding Michael Fagan and his eventual visit to Buckingham Palace.
“The background to his world and the events of those times required a suitable 80’s vision. Given the constant redevelopment of London’s inner-city estates, we were quite limited in terms of establishing his world. Luckily for us, the Aylesbury Estate and surrounds, in South London, whilst awaiting demolition, provided some perfect locations.”
The Thatcher Home was a created using a mixture of studio-built sets and a townhouse in Radnor Place, Westminster.
Scotland was also used as a filming location for some of Diana’s scenes in the upcoming season.
Netflix UK and Ireland shared a video on YouTube called Creating the Crown, and director Benjamin Caron said: “I’m very excited about season four as I think it’s our finest.
“We have got two box-office characters coming to season four, Margaret Thatcher and Lady Diana Spencer.”
Fans first meet Diana when she is 16-years-old and the new series explores how she discovered her voice.
Colman suggested there will be a lot of tension between the Queen and Thatcher in the upcoming season, as the Queen soon realised their friendship did not play out as she had hoped.
The show’s creator, Peter Morgan, said of the series: “I’m just in this to try and tell the story of what happened in this family when set against the second half of the 20th century, I’ve done my best each time, then you have to surrender and step back.”
The Crown season 4 airs on Netflix on November 15
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