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The third season of The Crown sees a new guard sweep into Downing Street, as Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family struggle to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing Britain.

From cold-war paranoia, through to the jet-set and the space age – the exuberance of the 1960s and the long hangover of the 1970s – Elizabeth and the Royals must adapt to a new, more liberated, but also more turbulent world.

Written by Peter Morgan, The Crown also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon, Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten.

The Crown Season 3 launches globally on Sunday, November 17.

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Season three of The Crown hasn’t even landed on Netflix yet, but the cast has already started filming the fourth installment of the drama series inspired by Britain’s royal family.

The fourth season will focus on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship. Josh O’ Connor will play Prince Charles and Emma Corin stars as Princess Diana. The actors were recently spotted filming an episode of the Netflix series and the resemblance is simply uncanny.

The couple’s 1983 Australia Tour is set to feature in the fourth season after the cast were spotted filming in Almería, Spain this week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Emma Corin looked every inch of Princess Diana with her signature blonde hair and a sleek white dress, similar to the one Diana herself wore during their 1983 visit.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Charles, Diana and their son, Prince William, who was only nine-months-old at the time, embarked on a month and a half long tour of Australia in 1983.

This was the first time 22-year-old Princess Diana travelled outside the United Kingdom.

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Emma Corin will take on the iconic role of Princess Diana in season four of The Crown and she is more than ready for the part.

She commented, “Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity ad I will strive to do her justice.”

We may have to wait over a year to see Emma’s portrayal, but we do have season three to look forward to. The Crown returns to Netflix on November 17.

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The third season of The Crown sees a new guard sweep into Downing Street, as Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family struggle to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing Britain.

From cold-war paranoia, through to the jet-set and the space age – the exuberance of the 1960s and the long hangover of the 1970s – Elizabeth and the Royals must adapt to a new, more liberated, but also more turbulent world.

Written by Peter Morgan, The Crown also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon, Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten.

The Crown Season 3 launches globally on Sunday, November 17.

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Netflix just revealed the release date for series three of The Crown and we are counting down the days. The third instalment of the drama series airs on Netflix on November 17, 2019.

To announce the news we’ve all been waiting for, Netflix posted a short clip of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and we’ve got chills.

In the video, the monarch simply walks past the camera and looks at the camera but it is bound to give you goosebumps.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Last month, Tobias Menzies, who will play Prince Philip, spilled that the series would return in November.

He spilled the beans during an interview on Jo Good’s BBC Show.

"We shot season three and that starts in November," he told the broadcaster.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We only have over three months to wait until the third instalment of the drama series airs.

It has been confirmed that the upcoming season will focus on Princess Margaret’s troubled love life, as it follows the breakdown of her marriage to Antony ‘Tony’ Armstrong-Jones'. We will also be introduced to Camilla Parker Bowles in season three.

There will also be a huge focus on the life of Prince Charles, including his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles this season.

Call The Midwife’s Emerald Fennell will play Camilla Parker Bowles and Josh O’ Connor will play Prince Charles.

The show recently revealed that they had cast Princess Diana. 

It was announced that Emma Corrin will play Lady Diana Spencer in series four of The Crown.

Commenting on the major role, the actress gushed: “I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal.

All we can say is hurry up, November 17.

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It feels like a lifetime has passed since season two of The Crown aired on Netflix. We’ve been longing for the show to return to our screens and it looks like we don’t have long to wait.

Fans of the show can look forward to seeing Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Ben Daniels and Helena Bonham Carter take on the iconic roles of Britain’s Royal Family in season three and four.

We finally have a launch date thanks to main star Tobias Menzies. The actor accidentally revealed when season three will air on Netflix during an interview on Jo Good’s BBC Show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"We shot season three and that starts in November," he told the broadcaster.

It has been confirmed that the upcoming season will focus on Princess Margaret’s troubled love life, as it follows the breakdown of her marriage to Antony ‘Tony’ Armstrong-Jones'. We will also be introduced to Camilla Parker Bowles in season three.

There will also be a huge focus on the life of Prince Charles, including his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles this season.

Call The Midwife’s Emerald Fennell will play Camilla Parker Bowles and Josh O’ Connor will play Prince Charles.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The show recently revealed that they had cast Princess Diana. 

It was announced that Emma Corrin will play Lady Diana Spencer in series four of The Crown.

Commenting on the major role, the actress gushed: “I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal.

Is it November yet? We can't wait for The Crown to return.

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We’ve been waiting far too long for the third season of The Crown to return to Netflix and it looks like we’ll be waiting even longer than we hoped.

Fans of the show are going to have to wait another few months to see Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Ben Daniels and Helena Bonham Carter take on the iconic roles of Britain’s Royal Family.

According to Deadline, the third season of The Crown will air in the second half of the year, which means we have to wait until after July to binge-watch the show.

Netflix commented: “We’re looking forward to a strong slate of global content in the second half of the year, including new seasons of some of our biggest series.”

It has been confirmed that the upcoming season will focus on Princess Margaret’s troubled love life, as it follows the breakdown of her marriage to Antony ‘Tony’ Armstrong-Jones'. We will also be introduced to Camilla Parker Bowles in season three.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There will also be a huge focus on the life of Prince Charles, including his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles this season.

Call The Midwife’s Emerald Fennell will play Camilla Parker Bowles and Josh O’ Connor will play Prince Charles.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It is understood that season three will be set during the 1970s. The Duke of Windsor passed away in 1972, so we have a feeling his death will be a major storyline during season three.

There’s no doubt the next season of The Crown will be worth the wait.

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The Crown has finally found their Princess Diana. The beloved drama series announced that Emma Corrin will play Lady Diana Spencer in series four of The Crown.

Commenting on the major role, the actress gushed: “I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal.

“Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity ad I will strive to do her justice.”

Diana will appear in the fourth series of the popular Netflix show.

The casting advert for the role of Diana was revealed earlier this year.

It read: “She has to play charming comedy, flirt and social exhibitionist on the world stage, desperate and lonely self-harmer at her lowest ebb and the kind of psychological intensity of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.”

A source revealed that The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan has no intention of holding back from telling Diana’s true story.

It is said the Royal Family may not be impressed with her character. The source revealed: “[He] is not going to hold back on how Diana impacted the Royal Family, just as he didn’t when he wrote The Queen. It could ruffle a few feathers.’

There’s no doubt the next few series of The Crown are going to be extremely exciting. We can’t wait to see Emma Corrin play Diana. There’s no doubt she’ll do an impeccable job.

The third series of The Crown will reportedly air later this year.

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Claire Foy has gained international recognition for her powerful portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web and now as Janet Armstrong in First Man.

As part of her acceptance speech for the #SeeHer recognition gong at the Critics' Choice Awards, she delivered a moving statement about the complexities of female roles.

She became the third actor to receive the accolade, which was launched by the Association of National Advertisers in 2016.

She followed in Viola Davis' and Gal Gadot's footsteps, winning the award which aims to increase the number of accurate depictions of women across the media.

Foy made sure to speak about how numerous people refer to her role in the 2018 Neil Armstrong biopic First Man as "just the wife", which she strongly opposes.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play some extraordinary women, for all sorts of reasons, and none more so than Janet Armstrong,” Foy said.

"She lived her life with such bravery and resilience and determination and love," she added.

“I can’t tell you how many times during the making of the movie and in the press tour that people said to me, ‘Well that part is normally the part of just the wife’." 

“And there’s no such thing as ‘just the wife’.” This statement got rapturous applause from the star-studded audience, clearly emphatically agreeing with the British actress.

Foy illustrated that it’s an actor’s responsibility to question who they portray, how they portray them and “how we want people to see themselves on screen” to create change.

Viola Davis presented Foy with the award, and Foy explained how she’d previously watched Davis’ acceptance speech for the 2016 #SeeHer award in preparation for her own.

She was eternally inspired by the outstanding Widows actor’s words that “the greatest privilege in your life is to be who you are.” WE STAN.

The actress concluded by saying she hopes the #SeeHer award will give her “encouragement” to be “brave enough to face and see myself”, and that she hopes it will also help others to do the same.

*Passes the tissues around the office*

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It feels like a lifetime has passed since season two of The Crown aired on Netflix. We’ve been longing for the show to return to our screens and it looks like we don’t have long to wait.

Netflix has graced us with a glimpse of the upcoming season and we have to admit we are rather excited.

Two photos of the new cast were released and we have to say they look incredible. Many fans can admit they were sad to say goodbye to the original cast. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby and Matthew Goode were phenomenal in their roles, but it looks like we had nothing to worry about after all.

In one photo, Helena Bonham Carter, who will play Princess Margaret dances with her on-screen husband Anthony-Armstrong Jones, played by Ben Daniels. The lovebirds look happier than ever in the snap, but trouble is on the horizon for the couple this season.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One of the biggest storylines of season three will follow the breakdown of Margaret and Anthony’s marriage.

The second image sees Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies in their roles as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The resemblance between the pair and the royal couple is uncanny.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It has been claimed that series three will be set during the late 1960s and 1970s. The Duke of Windsor passed away in 1972, so we have a feeling his death will be a major storyline this season.

Season three will also focus on the life of Prince Charles, including his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

The next season of the drama series is set to air early in 2019.

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By Amy Donohoe

Women are inspiring on and behind the camera. Here’s a list of TV shows that focus on the ‘F’ word – feminism.

These series contain talented,diligent women who are creating and defining the heroines we can’t wait to binge watch, all while creating the way for women of the future. 

Sex and the City

Sex and the City was the first TV show to introduce the ‘career woman’.

It was released in 1998 and it showed professional women on screen looking for love as well as wanting a successful career on their own terms, without sacrificing their femininity. The powerful female drama aired on HBO which was originally a male-dominated channel.

Sex and the City was a risk, and it was the beginning of something fresh – before then, there were few female-led series in existence.

It secured a loyal audience of 7.5 million in the US proving that audiences wanted relatable female stories such as inequality in the workplace. The six season series shone a spotlight on single women, without making them look desperate or needy.

This was the first time we had really seen women take ownership of their sexuality on TV as it was a taboo topic. The series showed men that women do talk about the dirty deed, and don’t necessarily lie back and think of England.

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies has spectacular scenery and great fashion but it also has horrendous scenes of domestic violence. It was intended to air for just a limited run, but HBO commissioned a second series – starring none other than the brilliant Meryl Streep.

It features powerful performances from its leading ladies Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley but it also tackles abusive relationships, sexual assault and motherhood in a refreshingly unique way.

Witherspoon and Kidman’s heartfelt Emmys speeches tells us there’s still a long way to go in getting female dramas up and running. Kidman opened up about why it was so important for her to be on the show “As an actress, we can read something and feel it, and in this case I could feel probably all of the women, which is a great thing…there was an enormous amount of protection and love for these characters from us as women.

'It was lovely being in their skin for a period of time, just because of the complexity of them and their truth.” This show strips these mothers back to their core to show us that they are nothing if not imperfect and complicated.

At first we see women rushing their children to school wearing high heels and driving fancy black cars. The closer we look we can see the cracks beginning to form: stories of human frailty, hidden insecurities, desire and distress.

It’s different. It takes the stories we are familiar with being told – adultery, betrayal, cattiness, dishonesty and deceit – and presents us with something new: real women, fighting real battles.

The Crown

The Crown is a story about the triumph of female strength in a world powered by men. It follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

In this series, we see a queen who not only takes her role seriously, but is also determined to be taken seriously. She is disappointed that her parents did not think it fit to provide her with a more robust education because of her gender.

Conscious that her lack of education is a weakness, Elizabeth enlists a tutor so she can feel more confident when talking to politicians and public figures.

In the show's first episode we witness the then-Princess Elizabeth promising to "obey" her husband during her wedding vows; an inclusion Churchill says she insisted upon. She clashed with her husband Philip in the early years of his reign as he struggles with feelings of emasculation due to the power held by his wife. Once she becomes Queen, the promise to obey becomes increasingly difficult to keep.

The aim to keep her husband happy soon becomes impossible to achieve because of the demands of her role and the royal protocols she must adhere to. The Crown co-stars, Claire Foy and Matt Smith, were not paid equally. Smith’s portrayal of a young Duke Of Edinburgh earned him more than Foy’s Golden Globe-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix show.

Producers later apologised and Foy was reportedly set to receive back pay.

Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy deals with many topical issues, especially those relating to females. It focuses on different ages, races, sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds of both the doctors and patients. It shows that women can hold positions of leadership and it repeatedly raises the issue of how unequal the demands on women and men are.

Relationships between women are also treated as something normal and it deals with everyday discrimination that same-sex couples face. It also consistently addresses what it's like to be a mother, including all aspects of motherhood and there's also a place for disabled women in the series.

The 14 season series reinforces that brains are more important than good looks and it also reinforces that it can sometimes be empowering to use your own body for your own purposes. When Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) is called "Dr. Model" because she used photos of her body to help pay for medical school, she embraces it.

Viewers can see that empowering women who are consistently portrayed as "tough" also need help sometimes and it’s okay to ask for it, but that doesn't mean they have to lose their independence too. Women support women in this significant series and the best relationships are the friendships made between women.

Creator, head writer, and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes is one of the most powerful and successful forces in television today. She helped star Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) get incentivised as she was earning less than her male co-stars. The bold move was successful and it empowered Pompeo and other females to fight for equality.

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The Bold Type

The Bold Type’s viewers are drawn to the empowering but messy stories the series explores, which includes learning to become comfortable with your sexuality and racial identity, and finding the courage to fight for the career you want, even if it means taking risks.

This fresh new TV series is about three women who navigate the modern world of journalism and publishing. The show deals with topics such as infertility and gun control. The women of The Bold Type fail in life, but this shows them receiving the room to explore this failure and understand that hardships aren't necessarily tragedies.

The optimistic and realistic thing about the show, is that we' see that it's okay to be imperfect. And they feel empowerment and security knowing their best friends will be by their side no matter what.

The Bold Type provides positive examples of women refusing to be held back by fear. It has genuinely good characters who happen to find themselves in interesting circumstances – there are no bad people or villains on this show.

The stories make us feel empowered and inspired, it's comforting and optimistic and it’s what people need right now.

 

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We adored every character in The Crown, from Queen Elizabeth herself to the dashing Antony Armstrong Jones. We even had a soft spot for Tommy Lascelles.

However, there was always one character who stood out from the crowd, the one and only Princess Margaret.

Vanessa Kirby dazzled as the rebellious royal during the first two seasons of the show. We were completely captivated by her performance, but what really grabbed our attention was the troubled life of Margaret herself.

We were stunned by just how devastating Margaret’s love life was, especially at such a young age. Our hearts ached for her when she was torn apart from Group Captain Peter Townsend.

Margaret always felt outshone by her older sister, Queen Elizabeth, and longed to be in the spotlight.

The princess will now have her moment, thanks to the BBC. They are producing a two-part documentary series based on the ‘life and loves’ of the monarch’s troubled sister.

According to The Telegraph, Vanessa Kirby’s successful performance in The Crown inspired this documentary series.

The programme is set to feature interviews with various acquaintances of the late princess, including Basil Charles, who once owned a bar on the island of Mustique, where the princess often holidayed.

 

He comments: "She was a trailblazer, she was a little bit of a rebel. She wanted to have the [royal] life but she also wanted to have a normal life.”

The series will look at her forbidden love, her rebellious ways and her struggle with living in Queen Elizabeth’s shadow.

 

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The gender pay gap is a topic that just isn't going away.

And when it comes to Claire Foy and Matt Smith's pay for their respective roles in the Netflix drama, The Crown, it seemed that all was finally well in terms of fairness. 

Sadly, however, this doesn't seem to be the case.

It was first reported in late April that Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II  in the TV series, was receiving less pay than her co-star Matt Smith, who plays her on-screen husband, Prince Philip.

Variety had said that the producers of the royal drama had actually confirmed that she earned less for the first two seasons of the show.

Matt's salary has never been disclosed, but Variety had revealed that Claire took home $40,000 an episode.

She told Entertainment Weekly at the time, "I’m surprised because I’m at the centre of it, and anything that I’m at the centre of like that is very, very odd, and feels very, very out of ordinary. But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’

Producer Susan Mackie also said, "going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen."

With all of this attention on the pay gap within the show, it has now been brought to light that Claire actually isn't getting back-paid for her work.

"That was what was reported that I was back-paid. I've never mentioned anything about it and neither have the producers. The fact that that is 'fact' – is not quite correct,'' she told Al Arabiya

“Yes it’s Netflix, but it’s a British production company. It happened at the same time as it was coming out with a lot of other people that there was a lot of pay inequality across the board—in the music industry, in journalism, in every industry. It’s across the board that it became part of a bigger conversation, which is an odd place to find yourself in."

What do you think of this latest development?

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