Brits to ask Netflix to stipulate The Crown is fiction
Britain's culture secretary will officially ask Netflix to add a disclaimer to The Crown.
Britain’s culture secretary Oliver Dowden will officially ask Netflix to add a disclaimer to The Crown making clear it is partly a work of fiction.
“It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that,” he said.
“Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”
The move follows ongoing criticisms of Peter Morgan’s script around dramatised events.
Last week ABC noted on social media that dialogue attribute to Bob Hawke on a Four Corners episode never took place.
Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, has also said, “Americans tell me they have watched The Crown as if they have taken a history lesson. Well, they haven’t.
“It is very hard, there is a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention, isn’t there? You can hang it on fact but the bits in between are not fact.”
There is also doubt over a scene in which Lord Mountbatten writes a letter to a young Prince Charles.
“I made up in my head — whether it’s right or wrong — what we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, ‘Look, you know, enough already with playing the field. It’s time you got married and it’s time you provided an heir,'” Morgan said.
“I think everything that’s in the letter that Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe — you know, based on everything I’ve read and people I’ve spoken to, that that represents his view.
“We will never know if it was put into a letter, and we will never know if Charles got that letter before or after Mountbatten’s death but in this particular drama, this is how I decided to deal with it,” he added.
Morgan has also claimed to meet regularly with people who are very high-ranking and very active within the royal household, but Donal McCabe, the Queen’s communications secretary, said in a letter, “The Royal Household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the programme’s accuracy.”