This Friday, we talk through the final season of The Crown. Its first four episodes recently dropped on Netflix, and its depiction of Princess Diana’s death has been controversial. What did we think of the first part of the season? How did The Crown sustain its nine-year journey as a series? And will we see big ambitious prestige TV like it again? Lilah is joined by UK chief political commentator Robert Shrimsley and deputy news editor India Ross.


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Links (all FT links get you past the paywall):

– The first four episodes of The Crown S6 are available on Netflix now. The final four episodes will air on December 14.

– Robert’s FT Weekend Magazine satirical column on the ‘ghost of Diana’ scene:

– The FT’s review of Season 6:

– Robert is on X at @robertshrimsley.

More or less recommendations:

– Robert recommends the show Slow Horses, which is on Apple+, and the novel series it’s based on by Mick Herron

– India wants more good TV, like Euphoria, White Lotus and (controversially) The Idol

– Lilah recommends Rocky 2. Just kidding. She recommends doing the thing! Run up the steps like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky 2


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Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner. Clip courtesy of Netflix.

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