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As Philip leaves for a long tour, Elizabeth makes an upsetting discovery. Prime Minister Eden wants to strike back after Egypt seizes the Suez Canal.


Philip Martin


Peter Morgan (created by), Peter Morgan | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Anton Lesser ... Harold MacMillan
Will Keen ... Michael Adeane
Daniel Ings ... Mike Parker
Chloe Pirrie ... Eileen Parker
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Greg Wise ... Lord Mountbatten
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Martin Charteris
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ... Anthony Nutting
Lizzy McInnerny ... Bobo Macdonald


As Philip leaves for a long tour, Elizabeth makes an upsetting discovery. Prime Minister Eden wants to strike back after Egypt seizes the Suez Canal.

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8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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2.00 : 1
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Let us go back to history and know the cause of Tripartite aggression
20 January 2018 | by DrAhmed95See all my reviews

A war waged by England, France and Israel against Egypt in 1956. The roots of the Suez crisis began to emerge after the signing of the evacuation agreement in 1954 . Nasser's relations with Western countries first appeared in good shape with the approval of the World Bank, with the support of the United States and Britain, to grant Egypt a loan to finance the dam project, which Nasser aspired to achieve an agricultural and industrial boom in the country. During that period, the border skirmishes continued intermittently between the Arab states and Israel since the 1948 war. Nasser openly declared his hostility to Israel, which encouraged the latter to move to strengthen its military arsenal by concluding an arms deal with France. Nasser decided to ask for arms from the United States and Britain, His request, he went to the Soviet Union request and agreed. Britain and the United States decided to punish Nasser for that step by setting up the "Umega Secret Campaign" imed at distorting its image in front of the world, imposing sanctions on Egypt with a ban on military aid, and curtailing the financing of the dam, whose funding was later canceled. Abdel Nasser saw the nationalization of the Suez Canal as his only opportunity to obtain the necessary funding for the construction of the High Dam. On 26 July 1956, he announced the decision to nationalize the Suez Canal Company. With the success of Egypt in managing the channel in contrast to what was planned and promoted by the countries of the West, coupled with the failure of diplomatic pressure on Egypt France had set up a plan to use military force against Egypt in agreement with Britain and Israel, called the Sievers Protocol, hoping to achieve their interests from that blow. At the British level, the aim was to get rid of Nasser, who threatened British influence with the evacuation and his alliance with the Soviets and nationalization of the Canal. To avenge Abdel Nasser, who supported the revolution of Algeria and the nations of the channel which was under French administration, while Israel found its chance to destroy the Egyptian forces in Sinai, which was a clear threat to them On October 29, 1956, Israeli forces landed deep into the Sinai and headed to the canal to convince the world that the Suez Canal was threatened. On October 30, Britain and France issued a warning calling for a cessation of hostilities between the two sides and demanding that Egypt and Israel withdraw 10 km from the Suez Canal and accept occupation Egypt and France, in order to protect the channel navigation, otherwise their forces intervened to do so by force, Egypt announced its refusal to occupy the Canal territory. On the following day, on October 31, the two countries attacked Egypt and began their air raids on Cairo and the Canal and Alexandria areas. Due to the dispersion of the Egyptian forces between the Sinai front and the Canal Front, Nasser issued orders to withdraw the Egyptian forces from Sinai to the west of the canal. The Anglo-French invasion of Egypt began from Port Said, which was hit by aircraft and naval forces in preparation for parachuting.

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