The Crown (2016– )
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As tensions with Phillip increase, Elizabeth spends time with her old friend Porchey. Churchill's portrait is painted for his 80th birthday.


Benjamin Caron


Peter Morgan (created by), Peter Morgan | 3 more credits »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Stephen Dillane ... Graham Sutherland
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Daniel Ings ... Mike Parker
Lizzy McInnerny ... Bobo Macdonald
James Hillier ... Equerry (Buckingham Palace)
Simon Chandler ... Clement Attlee
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Collins




As Philip goes his own way, drinking with his friends Elizabeth turns to her love of horse racing, spending time at her stables with trainer Lord Porchester - Porchey. Philip is not interested and suggests that Porchey is more than a friend but Elizabeth refutes this, telling Philip he is the only man she ever loved. Churchill's eightieth birthday is cause for a public celebration and for his portrait to be painted by artist Graham Sutherland, but he rejects the finished product for portraying him as a vulnerable old man and his wife burns it. After consultation with the queen he also steps down as prime minister, giving way to Anthony Eden. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Will Keen (Michael Adeane) and Joseph Kloska (Porchey) also worked together on "Foyle's War (2002)" as Alan Deakin and DC Perkins, respectively. See more »


The horse playing Aureole differs significantly from the racehorse to the breeding horse. The horse's blaze moves from being a thin stripe to being a wider blaze, much more like the real Aureole's. See more »


Sir Winston Churchill: Be careful, Anthony, too much excitement is not good for one so soon after an operation.
Anthony Eden: Spoken by a man who only two months ago was effectively dead.
Sir Winston Churchill: Which makes two of us.
Anthony Eden: I have recovered.
Sir Winston Churchill: That's not what I hear. I hear you are a shadow of your former self.
[rising from his chair]
Sir Winston Churchill: That when you walk, the pills rattle around inside of you!
Anthony Eden: I have something that you will never see again. A clean bill of health.
Sir Winston Churchill: Stalin said the same. He died groveling on the floor!
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References Assassins (1995) See more »


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So moving and beautiful
17 September 2019 | by NastashaSee all my reviews

I have watched this series a couple of times and this remains one of my favorite episodes. The last five minutes of "Assassins" is incredible. Claire Foy's performance is always spot on, but never more than in this episode. She's hurt and angry, but those feelings are superseded by dignity, which is the very essence of who she is. I can't wait for season 3.

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Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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2.00 : 1
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