I fully believe that if you are going to do a Netflix binge session of a new show, you need to make the day worthy of it. In the last year or so, there have been some fairly big shows to come out of Netflix, and they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. While I am more excited than any human should be for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, so much so that I booked the day off of work and already have a post in draft form, I was just as excited for The Crown! I understand why there aren’t a ton of shows or films about the current, living Royal Family, but until The Crown, there weren’t a ton to choose from (The Queen, The King’s Speech, and Diana, though I don’t recommend watching that one…). A full year of waiting, as soon as I was home from work on Friday, Netflix was KING! (See what I did there?)
In case you aren’t up with the new Netflix shows, The Crown is a ten part show following the early reign of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Although she begins the series as Princess Elizabeth, she quickly succeeds her late father and takes the crown. What makes everything so interesting is that it is a look at who the Queen and Prince Philip are as individuals rather than public figures. Philip is known for speaking his mind, but the Queen is rather private- obviously this isn’t a documentary, but for any Royalist, it is fascinating viewing! At only ten, hour long episodes, this is definitely do-able in one day. And while watching it, you will certainly need sustenance! Here is a full menu to keep you going throughout:
Episodes 1 to 3
While starting out in the morning, might I recommend a cuppa of Royal Blend Tea from Fortnum and Mason, official supplier of tea to the Queen? Or, if you are more down to earth, some Twinings English Breakfast Tea! If you are of a delicate stomach, perhaps an English muffin. Or, if you are the type to tuck in for a full breakfast, time to break out the bacon, sausages, eggs, and toast! I personally find a full breakfast too much, particularly if I am doing a lot of sitting, but it might be just the thing if you are in the mood to indulge!
Spoiler alert: episode 4 heavily features The Great Smog, and can make you feel like you are cold to the bones. The standard lunch of a sandwich and crisps (aka potato chips) is nicely supplemented by soup, because no one wants to feel like they are perpetually living in a cold fog. More delicate eaters, and dessert lovers, might go the route of tea sandwiches and dainties. A head’s up though, this will take more planning and preparation time. Also, if you are still in the mood for tea- if you are like me, you are always in the mood for tea- Afternoon Tea has the full flavour of breakfast tea without the huge dose of caffeine.
My recommendation is to really embrace supper and go for a full roast! Roasts are quite easy to make- some beef broth, veggies, and a roast in the oven popped in the oven to roast while you are watching the show is pretty much the easiest way to dinner. (And probably lunch the next day, because leftover roast is fantastic.) And while you are waiting for the roast to finish, might I also suggest a gin and Dubonnet à la Her Majesty? One part gin, two parts Dubonnet, and a lemon or orange twist, an easy and delicious cocktail to whip up in honour of the Crown!
As for the show itself, it was absolutely wonderful! While I did enjoy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, this is a much weightier and impressive offering from Netflix. Claire Foy and Matt Smith are a fantastic rendition of QEII and PP, allowing us to see a much younger and perhaps more relatable couple than the older that we often see. I’m of a mixed mind on the supporting cast; some I think nailed it (John Lithgow and Alex Jennings), while others were less convincing (Victoria Hamilton). Given the rumoured $100 million price tag of the show, the setting and costuming were appropriately lavish- the crown itself??? Stunning. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I think that episode 4 might be my favourite- dramatic from start to finish!
Did you watch The Crown? Thoughts?