Judi Dench slams Crown as 'gross sensationalism'

Judi Dench slams Crown as ‘gross sensationalism’

Judi Dench has called for a disclaimer to be added to every episode of The crown, to say that the hit Netflix drama borders on “gross sensationalism.”

The screen and stage veteran said that despite previous statements from the streaming giant that the show is a “fictionalized drama,” there was a risk that “a significant number of viewers” would take its events as historical truth.

She added that “hurtful suggestions which appear to be contained in the new series” would prove “detrimental” to the monarchy and could not go unchallenged.

Dench made the remarks in a letter The timesfollowing previous concerns from former British Prime Minister John Major, over the contents of that of the crown highly anticipated fifth series, starting November 9th.

Major is said to have called the forthcoming scenes, which will reportedly show the King and then the Prince of Wales plotting to overthrow the Queen, as “malicious nonsense”.

Charles is expected to cut short a holiday with Diana, Princess of Wales to hold a secret meeting with Major at Highgrove in 1991.

“Sir John Major is not alone in his concern that the latest series of The crown will present an inaccurate and hurtful account of history (News, October 17),” Dench wrote.

Indeed, the closer drama comes to our present, the more freely it seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism.

“While many will recognize The crown For the brilliant yet fictional account of events, I’m afraid a significant number of viewers, especially overseas, will take their version of the story as entirely true.

Dench said the proposals expected in the new series are “cruelly unfair to the individuals and damaging to the institution they represent.”

She continued, “No one believes in artistic freedom more than I do, but that cannot go unchallenged.

“Although this week has said so publicly The crown has always been a “fictionalized drama,” the program makers have resisted all calls for a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode.

“It’s time Netflix reconsidered — for the sake of a recently mourning family and a nation, as a mark of respect for a sovereign who has so dutifully served her people for 70 years, and for hers.” reputation in the eyes of its UK subscribers.”

For the upcoming series of the lavish royal drama, which includes newly cast roles, Dominic West stars as Charles, while Elizabeth Debicki plays Diana and Imelda Staunton the Queen.

A spokeswoman for The crown previously said, “The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.

“The fifth series is a fictional dramatization that imagines what might have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family – one that has already been scrutinized and well documented by journalists, biographers and historians.”

The program’s creator, Peter Morgan, also defended the upcoming series in an interview with the US publication Weekly entertainment released this week.

“I think we all have to accept that the 1990s was a difficult time for the royal family and King Charles will almost certainly have some painful memories from that time,” he said.

“But that doesn’t mean history will be unkind to him or the monarchy in hindsight. The show certainly isn’t.”

Netflix has also announced the sixth and final series of The crown Contrary to media reports, will not show the Paris car accident in which Diana died in August 1997.

It is understood that the series will show the history of the fatal incident as well as its aftermath, but not the crash itself.

The fourth series of the lavish Netflix drama was also criticized for allegedly not doing enough to ensure viewers knew it was fiction.

Source: Press Association


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