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Dame Judi Dench Accuses the Crown of 'Crude Sensationalism'

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The Crown should include a disclaimer stating that it is not necessarily accurate, according to Dame Judi Dench, the most recent high-profile figure to make this request. Additionally, the Oscar-winning star's comments, in a letter to The Times, follow concerns by the former prime minister Sir John Major, who expressed his reservations over the fifth season of The Crown, which would represent the Royal Family in the 1990s. Sir John called a scene in which he and Prince Charles, as he was at the time, are claimed to have discussed the Queen stepping down "a barrel-load of malicious nonsense." Dame Judi Dench According to Dame Judi's letter: "Sir John Major is not alone in his concerns that the latest series of The Crown will present an inaccurate and hurtful account of history." "Indeed, the closer the drama comes to our present times, the more freely it seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism." "While many will recognize The Crown for the brilliant but fictionalized account of events that it is, I fear that a significant number of viewers, particularly overseas, may take its version of history as being wholly true." What's more Dame Judi Dench argued that so soon after the death of the Queen, the comments anticipated to be made in the new series are "cruelly unjust to the individuals and damaging to the institution they represent." Dame Judi Dench She went on: "No one is a greater believer in artistic freedom than I, but this cannot go unchallenged."

"Despite this week stating publicly that The Crown has always been a 'fictionalized drama', the program-makers resisted all calls for them to carry a disclaimer at the start of each episode."

"The time has come for Netflix to reconsider - for the sake of a family and a nation so recently bereaved, as a mark of respect to a sovereign who served her people so dutifully for 70 years, and to preserve its reputation in the eyes of its British subscribers."

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Moreover, in the 1997 film Mrs. Brown and the 2017 historical drama Victoria & Abdul, Dame Judi portrayed Queen Victoria. The actress is friendly with both Queen Consort and King Charles. Also, Read- Australian rugby player discovered dead in a Barcelona club

What does Netflix say?

Netflix defended the royal series, saying that it is "presented as a drama based on historical events." "Series five is a fictional dramatization, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family - one that has already been scrutinized and well-documented by journalists, biographers, and historians." Dame Judi Dench In an interview with the US journal Entertainment Weekly published this week, the show's creator, Peter Morgan, also defended the next season.

"I think we must all accept that the 1990s was a difficult time for the royal family, and King Charles will almost certainly have some painful memories of that period," he remarked.

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"But that doesn't mean that, with the benefit of hindsight, history will be unkind to him, or the monarchy. The show certainly isn't."

Besides, this isn't the first time the debate about a possible disclaimer in the series is taking place. When Netflix released the last series in 2020, then culture secretary Oliver Dowden said younger viewers "may mistake fiction for fact."
The Crown's fifth season will premiere on November 9.

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