The Crown: Culture secretary wants Netflix to affirm the show is fictitious | Ents & Arts News
The Crown could be in danger of misleading fans, leading viewers to mistaking the shows fictitious events for fact, the culture secretary has warned.
Oliver Dowden, secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has praised the smash hit Netflix show as a “beautifully produced work of fiction”, but wants the streaming giant to add a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode.
Mr Dowden is particularly worried that younger viewers, who are unfamiliar with historical events involving the Royal Family, could mistake the show for real life.
He told the Mail on Sunday: “It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that.
“Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”
The show, which is in its fourth season, is centred around the Royal Family, and uses its members and events as inspiration for the story.
Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana in the latest series, told Sky News previously that it was clear from the script that the show is a work of fiction.
“This is a drama, this is Peter’s (Morgan, the show’s creator) version of events,” the actress said. “We use these real-life people as a jumping off point to tell a story.”
According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Dowden intends to write to Netflix to ask it to make clear at the start of episodes that the show is fiction.
The DCMS did not comment on the story on Saturday.
The minister’s remarks come after a similar suggestion was made by Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Princess Diana.
He told ITV’s Lorraine: “I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if, at the beginning of each episode, it stated that: ‘This isn’t true but it is based around some real events’.”
He added: “I worry people do think that this is gospel and that’s unfair.”