UK minister complains that Netflix doesn't specify that 'The Crown' is fictional

By Kate Feldman, New York Daily News on

Published in Entertainment News

A not-so-glamorous depiction of the British Royal Family in "The Crown" has gotten at least one bad review from the UK culture secretary.

The fourth season of the Netflix drama, which premiered on Nov. 15, moves forward to the Princess Diana years and paints a miserable young girl ostracized by her in-laws and ignored by her husband, Prince Charles, while Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher clashes with Queen Elizabeth.

But the familiar actors on screen, including Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, and the "drama" designation on Netflix's home screen isn't enough, apparently.

"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," Secretary Oliver Dowden told British newspaper the Mail on Sunday.


"Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact."

Dowden requested that Netflix add a "health warning" before each episode, similar to already existing warnings about nudity, language and portrayals of Diana's eating disorder.

Representatives for Netflix did not immediately return a request for comment.

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