Judi Dench criticized the Netflix miniseries “The Crown” in a letter to The Times UK. The well-known actress remarked that the streamer requires a disclaimer to assist viewers in separating fact from fantasy. On November 9, the fifth season of the program premieres. It will affect a “recently bereaved nation,” according to Dench. Morning Brew is read by more than 3 million people; you should too! Thank you for registering! Judi Dench criticized the way the British royal family was portrayed in the Netflix drama “The Crown” in an open letter to The Times UK .
Since its debut in 2016, the program has drawn criticism for its fictitious reconstruction of historical events, and as the plot moves closer to the present, the backlash has grown. According to Dench, “the play seems increasingly eager to shamelessly violate the borders between historical authenticity and vulgar sensationalism the closer it gets to our current times.”
No one believes in artistic freedom more than I do, but this cannot go unopposed, she continued.
Dench singled out particular plot points from “The Crown” that she felt threatened the monarchy.
She continued, ‘Given some of the wounding suggestions apparently contained in the new series, such as that King Charles plotted for his mother to abdicate, or once suggested his mother’s parenting was so poor she might have deserved a jail sentence, this is both cruelly unjust to the individuals and damaging to the institution they represent.
Dench advised Netflix to include a notice in the show to make sure viewers are aware they are seeing a work of fiction.
The Crown’s creator, Peter Morgan, has argued that the show is not intended to be completely historically accurate in the past. According to Dench, more work needs to be done to distinguish the program as a play rather than a documentary.
The creators of the program, she continued, “have rejected all pleas for them to carry a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode.”
In her own career, Dench has portrayed real-life individuals. She portrayed Dame Agnes Sybil Thorndike, an English actress, in “My Week with Marilyn” and J. Edgar Hoover’s mother, Annie Hoover, in “J. Edgar” in 2011. She has also portrayed members of the royal family, such as Queen Victoria in the movies “Mrs. Brown” from 1997 and “Victoria