Netflix’s original series The Crown has everyone hooked, and although it follows the Royal Family, its members and real-life events, it has been dramatised and tweaked for TV’s sake.
Despite many calling for Netflix to make it clear that the award-winning show is a work of fiction, the streaming platform has refused to, saying it has “no plans, and sees no need” to add a disclaimer.
This follows reports that Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has penned a private letter to Netflix bosses.
Dowden has previously stated he was a fan of the show, calling it a “beautifully produced work of fiction”, but that he believes a disclaimer should be added at the start of every episode.
His request spurs from concern that the show – which is now on its fourth series – could be misleading younger fans of the drama as they might take the events covered on the show as a true story.
However, Netflix has insisted they don’t believe the disclaimer is necessary.
Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Princess Margaret in the third and fourth seasons, has agreed with Dowden, stating that there is a “moral responsibility” to outline that The Crown isn’t historical fact, but a drama.
Speaking in a recent podcast, she said: “I do feel very strongly because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, ‘hang on guys, this is not… it’s not drama doc, we’re making a drama’.
“So they are two different entities.”
A statement from Netflix explains it has “every confidence” viewers know that the programme is loosely based on real-life events.
It reads: “We have always presented The Crown as a drama – and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.
“As a result, we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.”
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