Bamigboye writes that The Crown’s creative team have drafted a script – written by Peter Morgan – that explores Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris in August 1997, three months after Blair was elected to No 10 following a landslide victory. Bamigboye says that Morgan has been very clear that the episode will not show the actual crash and it will be quite different from the 2006 film, The Queen (also written by Peter Morgan), which starred Helen Mirren as Her Majesty and Michael Sheen as Blair.
Blair and the Queen both famously approached Diana’s death from very different perspectives. Blair, who could clearly see Diana’s mass appeal and saw her as a great soft power asset to the country, hailed her as ‘The People’s Princess’ while the Queen deemed her death a private matter. The Crown is reportedly keen to examine more of the constitutional crisis behind the scenes; and how the Queen was said to have felt bullied by her Prime Minister into making a public declaration about Diana. It has been emphasised that sensitivity will be of paramount importance in its dramatisation. There’s no doubt that with such a capable cast – with Imelda Staunton in the role of Queen and Bertie Carvel now announced as Tony Blair, it will be very dextrously handled.
As far as other PMs in The Crown go, John Lithgow played Winston Churchill in the first season; Anton Lesser was cast as Tory PM Harold Macmillan in Season two and Jason Watkins as Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson in Season three. We very much look forward to Carvel’s Blair.
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