Last night the capital played host to the gala premiere of season 2 of The Crown, the acclaimed Netflix series based on the early life of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Fictional dramatisations of the British Royal Family are plentiful, yet the quality of Peter Morgan’s scripts and the fine cast executive producer Stephen Daldry has assembled elevates this particular incarnation.

The new season of the show is released all over the world on the 8th of December, and those lucky Netflixers can see Claire Foy and Matt Smith returning as Lizzy and Phil, along with the always wonderful Matthew Goode as Lord Snowdon, Dexter’s Michael C Hall, who is playing John F Kennedy along with Jodi Balfour who will portray Jackie Onassis.

Recently Olivia Colman was announced as the second actress to play the Queen in the next season of the show, so this acts as something of a swansong for Foy and Smith. Smith gave us a few words on another recent TV re-casting, this one a little more controversial, as he talked about Jodie Whittaker becoming the new face of Doctor Who.

Scott Davis and David Sztypuljak were on the carpet – here’s how they got on.

The Crown Season 2 Premiere Interviews


The Crown Season 2 Synopsis

Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s.

The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined and shaped the second half of the twentieth century – a series that is unprecedented in its scale, ambition and creative vision.