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Tensions Rise In First Trailer For Season 2 Of The Crown

Our first look at season 2 of Netflix’s hit royal drama The Crown has now arrived!

The debut season launched to critical acclaim when it premiered on the streaming service last November. In particular, it was praised for its very human portrayal of the English royal family, as Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and her husband Phillip (Matt Smith) struggled to adjust to the changes in their lives as the former ascended to the throne. The couple’s problems only look to be intensifying in season 2 though, as this new trailer shows us.

The footage here teases conflicts rising on all fronts, with the Queen herself confiding in Phillip – now sporting a thick beard – that she fears the monarchy might not survive another public scandal. Unfortunately for her, there will be lots of drama within the family this season, as her wayward uncle David (Alex Jennings) returns to Britain and Princess Margaret
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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer: Claire Foy Shows It’s Still Hard to Be the Queen

‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer: Claire Foy Shows It’s Still Hard to Be the Queen
When last we left Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy), Prince Phillip (Matt Smith), and the rest of the royal bunch on Netflix’s “The Crown,” is was turmoil that reigned. Increasing disputes over the Suez Canal, a Prime Minister resignation, and the continuing pressures of royal demands all threatened to overtake whatever happiness lingered below the show’s surface.

From the looks of things in the latest official trailer for Season 2, a lot of those concerns remain. As one of TV’s preeminent prestige dramas, “The Crown” has somehow found a way to turn well-documented history into a suspenseful on-screen narrative. (And give Phillip a big beard in the process!)

Read More:Why Netflix Spent Millions So ‘The Crown’ Could Shoot in Very, Very Big Rooms

Foy and Smith both take center stage this season, as the balance between public and private lives for Elizabeth and Phillip becomes more fraught than ever.
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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer: Claire Foy Shows It’s Still Hard to Be the Queen

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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer: Claire Foy Shows It’s Still Hard to Be the Queen
When last we left Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy), Prince Phillip (Matt Smith), and the rest of the royal bunch on Netflix’s “The Crown,” is was turmoil that reigned. Increasing disputes over the Suez Canal, a Prime Minister resignation, and the continuing pressures of royal demands all threatened to overtake whatever happiness lingered below the show’s surface.

From the looks of things in the latest official trailer for Season 2, a lot of those concerns remain. As one of TV’s preeminent prestige dramas, “The Crown” has somehow found a way to turn well-documented history into a suspenseful on-screen narrative. (And give Phillip a big beard in the process!)

Read More:Why Netflix Spent Millions So ‘The Crown’ Could Shoot in Very, Very Big Rooms

Foy and Smith both take center stage this season, as the balance between public and private lives for Elizabeth and Phillip becomes more fraught than ever.
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The Halcyon: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on Ovation?

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Vulture Watch Should we book a reservation, elsewhere? Is The Halcyon TV show cancelled or renewed for a second season on Ovation? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Halcyon, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? A dark comedy-drama on the Ovation premium cable channel, The Halcyon stars Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams, Kara Tointon, Alex Jennings, Matt Ryan, Hermione Corfield, Mark Benton, Sope Dirisu, Liz White, Charity Wakefield, Annabelle Apsion, Jamie Blackley, Edward Bluemel, Nick Brimble, Michael Carter, Akshay Kumar, Imogen Waterhouse, Nico Rogner, Kevin Eldon, and Lauren Coe. A World War II period piece, The Halcyon centers on a five-star London hotel, its owner, Lord
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The Halcyon

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Network: Ovation. Episodes: Eight (hour). Seasons: One. TV show dates: October 2, 2017 -- November 20, 2017. Series status: Cancelled. Performers include: Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams, Kara Tointon, Alex Jennings, Matt Ryan, Hermione Corfield, Mark Benton, Sope Dirisu, Liz White, Charity Wakefield, Annabelle Apsion, Jamie Blackley, Edward Bluemel, Nick Brimble, Michael Carter, Akshay Kumar, Imogen Waterhouse, Nico Rogner, Kevin Eldon, and Lauren Coe. TV show description: A British series from creator Charlotte Jones, The Halcyon TV show was cancelled by ITV in UK, prior to making its Us debut on Ovation. The WWII period drama centers on a five-star London hotel, its owners, staff, and guests, in 1940s London. Richard Garland (Mackintosh) takes great pride in his duties as The Halcyon's Hotel Manager.
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‘The Crown’: What Emmy Frontrunner John Lithgow Learned About Acting By Playing Winston Churchill

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‘The Crown’: What Emmy Frontrunner John Lithgow Learned About Acting By Playing Winston Churchill
If you weren’t at John Lithgow’s 70th birthday celebration in London, you missed the chance to party with some of Britain’s most elite actors.

“My wife threw a 70th birthday party for me for about 50 people, and she and I were the only Americans,” the actor told IndieWire. “Maybe 60, 70 percent of these people were actors, but only half of them were actors from ‘The Crown.’ The others were people that I’d worked with on other projects – Jonathan Price, and Jim Broadbent, and David Suchet. They came in one after another and it was this constant moment of, ‘What are you doing here?’ They all knew each other.”

Read More:‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer and First Look Photos: Heavy Lies the Head

Lithgow’s legendary career includes everything from “Terms of Endearment” to “Third Rock From The Sun,” but even he’s still discovering new tricks. That
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Victoria: Season Two Premiere Date Announced by PBS

Break out your best tea and crumpets. Victoria has a return date. Recently, PBS announced season two of the TV show will debut in January.The historical drama, which airs on ITV in the UK, follows the life of a young Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman). The cast also includes Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, and Tommy Knight.Read More…
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ITV, Masterpiece Release First Look Clip of ‘Victoria’ Season 2

ITV, Masterpiece Release First Look Clip of ‘Victoria’ Season 2
ITV and PBS’ Masterpiece have released a first-look clip of the second season of their hit historical drama “Victoria.” The short clip, released Monday to mark Victoria Day, the anniversary of the British monarch’s birth, sees stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes return to their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The clip shows the baptism of Victoria and Albert’s first child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, in February 1841. It can be seen here:

The eight-part second season of “Victoria,” which is still in production, is once again written and executive produced by the show’s creator, Daisy Goodwin, and sees the story picking up six weeks on from the end of the first season. It follows the young monarch as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and queen, while Albert continues to struggle to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife.

Diana Rigg
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Maggie Lunn obituary

Leading casting director who helped to launch actors such as David Oyelowo and Benedict Cumberbatch

Maggie Lunn, who has died of cancer aged 56, was a leading casting director, at various times head of casting at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida. She also cast for television and film, including the BBC series Cranford and the film Notes on a Scandal. Recent work for the stage included, in 2015, the triumphant Young Chekhov trilogy at Chichester Festival theatre, which transferred to the National the following year.

Casting directors – in theatre, TV and film – are the unsung heroes of every production. Benedict Cumberbatch, Alex Jennings, Ben Whishaw, Eve Best, Rory Kinnear, Eddie Redmayne and David Oyelowo are a few of the now celebrated actors whose careers Maggie helped to launch.

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Maggie Lunn obituary

Leading casting director who helped to launch actors such as David Oyelowo and Benedict Cumberbatch

Maggie Lunn, who has died of cancer aged 56, was a leading casting director, at various times head of casting at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida. She also cast for television and film, including the BBC series Cranford and the film Notes on a Scandal. Recent work for the stage included, in 2015, the triumphant Young Chekhov trilogy at Chichester Festival theatre, which transferred to the National the following year.

Casting directors – in theatre, TV and film – are the unsung heroes of every production. Benedict Cumberbatch, Alex Jennings, Ben Whishaw, Eve Best, Rory Kinnear, Eddie Redmayne and David Oyelowo are a few of the now celebrated actors whose careers Maggie helped to launch.

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Victoria: Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) Joins Season Two & Production Begins

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Victoria has some new company. This week, ITV announced Game of Thrones star Diana Rigg has joined season two of the UK drama.The series, which airs on PBS in the U.S., chronicles the early years of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman). The cast also includes Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, Tommy Knight, and Nichola McAuliffe.Read More…
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Denial review – overwhelmingly relevant assertion of truth

As flat-earthery returns to the world, this drama about a historian’s pursual through the UK justice system by a Holocaust denier is refreshing and very pertinent

In 1996, the historian Deborah Lipstadt was pursued in the UK courts by the notorious Holocaust denier David Irving, for calling him a falsifier of history in her book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. This movie version of those events, written for the screen by David Hare and directed by Mick Jackson, stars Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt and Timothy Spall as Irving; it has been coolly received by some on the festival circuit, its drama dismissed as stagey and flat. I disagree. For me, it has clarity, urgency and overwhelming relevance. Because denial is fashionable again. Irving himself is gloating at the way “alt–right” fascists are threatening to make him and his poisonous flat-earthery acceptable once more. The
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Victoria: Jenna Coleman on Queen Victoria's Upbringing

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"They expect me to fail." This week, PBS released a new preview for their upcoming TV series Victoria.The historical drama, which airs on ITV in the UK, stars Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria. The cast also includes Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, Tommy Knight, Nichola McAuliffe, Daniela Holtz, Nigel Lindsay, Ferdinand Kingsley, Adrian Schiller, David Oakes, and Alice Orr-Ewing.Read More…
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Movie Review – Denial (2016)

Denial, 2016.

Directed by Mick Jackson.

Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius and Alex Jennings.

Synopsis:

Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team led by Richard Rampton, to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

“The Holocaust never happened,” so says Timothy Spall’s David Irving in Denial, a strangely partisan, wholly misjudged attempt at re-telling a court case long deserved to be forgotten. A renowned Holocaust denier, Neo-Nazi and all round bad egg, Irving-although losing the court case-now finds himself again with a profile, like
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‘The Crown': 7 Reasons the Golden Globes Darling Is So Worth Watching (Photos)

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‘The Crown': 7 Reasons the Golden Globes Darling Is So Worth Watching (Photos)
Netflix’s British royalty drama “The Crown” scored an impressive three Golden Globes nominations — and deserved them all. If you hadn’t paid much attention to the series before the Golden Globes recognition, here are seven reasons its worth watching. The surprises If you think of the royals as old and fusty, you’ll be delighted to meet them when they were young and confused. The first shock: Queen Elizabeth II (Golden Globe-nominated Claire Foy) has little to no desire to be queen. Her father, King George VI (Jared Harris) takes the job only out of obligation. And his brother,
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Fact-Checking the Crown: 5 Things That Are True (and 3 That Aren’t!)

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Fact-Checking the Crown: 5 Things That Are True (and 3 That Aren’t!)
Netflix’s sleek period drama The Crown has captivated audiences with its peek into the private life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), but many fans may be wondering how much of the glamorous series is based on real life. While some elements — like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s frosty relationship with the royal family and Princess Margaret’s romance with the dashing Pete Townsend — are true, several key elements of the series are either totally made up or exaggerated for dramatic effect. (And let’s be honest, even the life of a royal sometimes needs TV magic to make it more watchable.
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The Crown review: a mesh of history books and melodrama

Alastair Stewart Nov 17, 2016

Netflix's pricy royal family drama The Crown has stand-out performances from John Lithgow and Matt Smith, but lacks story...

Warning: contains spoilers.

The great cliche about the British is that we’re a stoic lot; emotionally reserved and only ever prone to bouts of ‘hayfever’ when Bambi’s mum dies.

Netflix’s £100m production of The Crown tries to buck this trope with a ten-part series dramatising the personal and political events surrounding the first decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign from 1952.

One part Downton Abbey, one part House Of Cards (the original of course), The Crown never quite decides if it wants to commit itself to a political drama or total supposition about the inner workings of the Court of St James's.

Written by Peter Morgan, the identity struggle at the heart of the series is not hard to explain. Morgan made his name as
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Review: Uneasy lies the head that wears 'The Crown' in great new Netflix drama

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Review: Uneasy lies the head that wears 'The Crown' in great new Netflix drama
"And, if I may: never let them see the real Elizabeth Windsor," Winston Churchill warns his young queen in Netflix's new drama The Crown. "Never let them see that carrying the crown is often a burden. Let them look at you, but let them see only the eternal." For those who didn't grow up under the British monarchy (and even for some who did), Queen Elizabeth can be a hard person in whom to find sympathy. She is the cold, distant symbol of an obsolete but fabulously wealthy system and has held a hard line on its antiquated rules, which at various points in her lifetime stood in the way of her uncle, her sister, and her son from marrying the people they loved because the various institutions of church and state did not approve. Peter Morgan once wrote a wonderful film — The Queen, the middle piece in his trilogy
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Denial (2016) – Review

With the arrival of Fall and Winter comes a return to more serious subject matter at movie theatres, and another look at events occurring during World War II. However, this new release really addresses the legacy of those events, a look back at history and those who document it. And the film is, in many ways, a courtroom thriller set in the British legal system, where the powdered wigs aren’t the only thing different from the Us legal proceedings. However, the person on trial there is from the states, a professor suddenly burdened with presenting proof of one of the past century’s greatest tragedies, all at the beginning of this relatively new century. Yes, this Ww II-themed docudrama take place less than twenty years ago, 50 years after the end of the war, when this woman accused must defend her belief that her accuser is in Denial.

The woman
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Victoria: PBS Releases New Masterpiece Teaser

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Rule Victoria! Below, watch a teaser trailer for the Victoria TV show, premiering on PBS Masterpiece! Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Downton Abbey's old timeslot. A historical drama from Daisy Goodwin, the eight-part first season stars Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria, Tom Hughes as Prince Albert, and Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne. ITV has already renewed Victoria for a second season, and PBS will reportedly follow suit.The Victoria TV series cast also includes: Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys, Catherine H. Flemming, Peter Firth, Eve Myles, Tommy Knight, Nichola McAuliffe, Daniela Holtz, Nigel Lindsay, Ferdinand Kingsley, Adrian Schiller, David Oakes, and Alice Orr-Ewing. Read More…
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