Netflix reveals when fifth season of The Crown will be released


The fifth series of Netflix’s royal drama The Crown will launch on 9 November, the streaming giant has announced.

Filming for the show was halted for a single day following the death of the Queen, and as a mark of respect, it was also suspended on the day of the late monarch’s funeral.

But despite these short delays, it will air as originally planned.

The Crown has traditionally launched in November, and the upcoming series will see Dominic West star as Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Diana.

West, 52, takes over the role of Charles from Josh O’Connor, while The Night Manager actress Debicki replaces Emma Corrin.

Imelda Staunton will take over the role of the Queen from Olivia Colman, while Jonathan Pryce replaces Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh and Lesley Manville will be Princess Margaret, following in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter.

A teaser for the latest series was also released. In the short 37-second clip the Princess of Wales can be seen preparing for her infamous interview with the BBC’s Martin Bashir.

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The interview has become the subject of much controversy, and in 2021 a report found the BBC covered up “deceitful behaviour” used by Mr Bashir to secure the exclusive.

Prince William said it “contributed significantly” to his mother’s “fear, paranoia and isolation” – and called for the episode to never be broadcast again.

The date was shared during Netflix’s Tudum global fan event, which showcased upcoming series and films from the streamer – including a sneak peek at the third series of Bridgerton, and a first-look at Shonda Rhimes’ Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, a prequel centred on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power.

The show had been due to end after the fifth series, but the show’s creator and writer Peter Morgan previously said it would be extended to include sixth series.

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The launch date was just one of many announcements made by Netflix during the Tudum event, with fans also shown a clip from Tim Burton’s Wednesday, which stars Jenna Ortega in the title role as spooky Wednesday Addams.

Directed by Burton and starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzman as Gomez and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley, the series follows 16-year-old Wednesday’s years as a student at Nevermore Academy and is due to launch in November.