ITVX launches a brand new series this week exploring the Royal family’s behind-the-scenes story.
Ahead of the final season of Netflix’s The Crown later this year, The Real Crown: Inside the House of Windsor is a five-part documentary about “the lives, loves, scandals, trials and tribulations of the world’s most famous family.”
The series comes from the makers of acclaimed docs like WWI: The Final Hours, Rise of the Nazis: The Downfall, and Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents.
Featuring “revealing new interviews” from key figures with first-hand accounts – some of whom have never previously spoken on camera – the five hour-long episodes will include rarely seen archive footage.
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We’re promised “a rare insight into The Queen’s personal experience of navigating the events that shaped her family’s fortunes and the history of the United Kingdom.”
When’s the release date?
All five episodes of The Real Crown: Inside the House of Windsor will premiere on ITVX in the UK on Thursday 20th April.
A broadcaster in the US hasn’t yet been announced.
The official synopsis for the first episode, ‘Love and Duty’, reads: “Prince Charles is about to be crowned Prince of Wales – the first step in his journey to becoming King. But it’s a path marked by danger as Welsh Nationalists have planted bombs.
“In 1970s Britain is in the grip of a fuel crisis, strikes and inflation. Against this backdrop The Queen must train her son to be future King. But Prince Charles is wrestling with the dilemma facing all royals; love or duty.
“Prince Charles visits his Great Uncle Edward VIII, who gave up the Crown for love, at his home in Paris Charles sees a man who has never recovered from his decision; his servants are dressed as Buckingham Palace footmen and he still has his red dispatch box labeled ‘The King.’
“When Prince Charles falls for Camilla Shand – who is deemed an inappropriate fit as a royal bride – he chooses to pursue a life in the navy rather than following his heart.
“Princess Anne must also trade her wild boyfriend Andrew Parker-Bowles for a more suitable match – instead Andrew marries Camilla.
“The conflict between love and duty also casts a long shadow between The Queen and her sister Princess Margaret. When Margaret’s marriage flounders, her pursuit of love with gardener Roddy Llewellyn brings danger to The Crown.”
The Crown is expected to return on Netflix with its sixth season this November.
The complete The Crown box set is available on DVD on Amazon.