The successful new season of The Crown became a matter of state. In an interview published today in the Sunday Times, Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden revealed that he intends to send an official letter to Netflix and the series producers this week to include a warning before each episode. make it explicit that what they are about to see is a work of fiction.
“I fear that a whole generation of viewers who did not experience these events directly could confuse fiction with reality,” explained the official, echoing the notable impact that the most recent episodes of the series created by Peter Morgan have on a global level. And although the author has repeatedly repeated that his program is “a piece of creative imagination,” apparently for many that is not enough.
“I think Netflix presented a beautifully made fiction and that is why they should be clear from the beginning that it is precisely that, a fiction,” explained the Secretary of Culture without taking into account that the series has been running for more than four years and saying from the beginning he takes dramatic licenses to carry out the vision of the reign of Elizabeth II from Morgan’s point of view.
Beyond the fact that with the premiere of each season, experts and laymen always seek to compare the events represented in the series with reality, until now the initiative to separate imagination from true facts had not come from the British government.
It is clear that as The Crown progresses in time to portray contemporary events it becomes increasingly uncomfortable for the establishment and those who witnessed or were affected by what is narrated.
It was expected that the appearance of Lady Di (Emma Corrin), her marriage to Prince Charles and her relationship with the rest of the family would generate intense reactions, which will only grow in the next two seasons of the series that will focus on the 90s and early 2000s.
In fact, a few days ago Count Spencer, brother of the late Diana, expressed his concern that viewers would take the account of the series as a holy word. “I think it would be very helpful for The Crown if it appeared at the beginning of each episode. a poster clarifying: “This is not true but it is based on reality,” Spencer explained in a news program.
On the other hand, actor Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles, gave his opinion on BBC Breakfast, a morning cycle on British TV: “Sometimes people want to believe that what they see in the series is what happened. Actually, but they have to remember that we are actors interpreting a story, we are not the real characters nor do we tell a real story, “clarified the interpreter who, together with his fellow cast members, makes a constant effort to separate fiction from reality. Something that, according to the British Culture Secretary, this season many refuse to accept.