Fans of the Netflix royal drama The Crown don’t have long to wait for season four to arrive, and have been teased with a brand new trailer ahead of the release.
The prestige royal drama stars Olivia Colman as The Queen, as writer Peter Morgan explores the trials and tribulations of the House of Windsor and the politicians that they must deal with along the way.
The Crown season 4 will be released on Netflix on November 15, 2020.
This run will be the penultimate series of the show and the second and last to feature its current cast.
In addition to Colman, we can expect returns from Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Josh O’Connor and more.
There are also new additions to the cast with the likes of Gillian Anderson and newcomer Emma Corrin joining as Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana, respectively.
The fourth run will consist of 10 episodes akin to all other seasons.
Fans of the royal drama have been teased by the streaming service just over a month from the new season’s release date.
The upcoming season promises huge drama, with the series picking up in the late 1970s and covering a tumultuous decade.
The Queen, played by Olivia Colman, and the Royal Family are at the centre of drama and turmoil.
The fourth season will primarily focus on the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, and the subsequent births of their sons, Princes William and Harry, and their marital issues.
Margaret Thatcher also becomes the first female Prime Minister and clashes with the Queen, the IRA assassinates Lord Mountbatten, and Argentina invades the Falkland Islands, leading to war in the South Atlantic.
The Queen’s dealings with Thatcher are key to the new series.
Thatcher is being played by X Files star Gillian Anderson, who previously told the Mirror: “A large part of it is about her relationship with the Queen, which was challenging because they were alike in some ways and very dissimilar in others.
“And I think the differences sometimes were infuriating for both of them. We address that tension between them quite a lot through the entire series.”
At one stage Prince Philip, played by Tobias Menzies, 46, warns the Queen: “Two bears can’t live in one cage.”
And Denis Thatcher (Stephen Boxer) comments on them as: “Two menopausal women.”
When the Thatchers visited the royals in Balmoral they found themselves completely out of their depth, mortified by the game of Ibble Dibble.
Anderson, who is in a relationship with writer Peter Morgan, described it as a “famously challenging first visit to Balmoral”.
The Thatchers were apparently so confused and repelled by the royals’ behaviour and love of blood sports that they left early.
Anderson revealed: ”I think Maggie Thatcher expected that there would be a lot more seriousness and cultural and political conversation about everything when she was there. That’s not what her experience was. I think that was a real shock to her.
“The country was in deep trouble, and for them to be spending that amount of time away playing games, she just couldn’t believe it.”
Emma Corrin, 24, who plays Princess Diana, said: “They play these stupid games and they love them.”
Writer Peter relies on sources close to the royals to tell him secrets and details.
For series four, he said: “We had a lot of interesting people knocking on the door wanting to tell us things.”
One episode deals with Michael Fagan, the intruder who broke into Buckingham Palace in 1982 and sat on the Queen’s bed to tell her his troubles.
Another episode tells how Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) uncovered the fact that two of the Queen Mother’s nieces, who were believed to have died, were in fact still alive, living in a mental home, amid concerns that a strain of mental illness may run in the Royal Family.
Camilla Parker-Bowles, played by Emerald Fennell, meeting Lady Diana for lunch in the Ménage a Trois restaurant is also depicted.
Morgan said: “It really happened. After Charles proposed to Diana, Camilla invited her to lunch, which was the one time they met.”
There was an occasion when the Queen, apparently wondering if she was a good mother, asked an aide to arrange a lunch for her with all of her four children.
Morgan said: “We cast actors to play Andrew and Edward although we hadn’t planned to.” Andrew is played by Tom Byrne, 23, and Edward by Angus Imrie, 26.
Morgan said: “I loved writing those scenes. I’d never imagined Edward in the show, so I asked my research team to find out what he was doing at that time.
“It was heartbreaking because at the time he was being badly bullied at school.”
But featuring Andrew, who the FBI want to question over his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was no simple matter.
Morgan said: “Andrew, although it is hard to believe given recent events, was the most popular prince and the absolute pin-up of the Royal Family.
“It was tricky to write because you couldn’t know everything that would happen to Andrew, but you still had to sow seeds so that you knew that one day it could all go a bit naughty.”
Scenes are also expected to recreate Diana’s marriage to Charles in 1981, deal with Diana’s bulimia and separation from Charles and Princess Margaret’s continuing struggle with her role in royal life.
The fourth series was filmed mainly at English locations and in Elstree Studios, but there was also a month of filming in Spain, where Almeria doubled for an Australian sheep station visited by Charles and Diana during a six-week tour in 1983.