New Netflix original series The Crown will see Stephen Daldry take on the Queen again

Peter Morgan and Andy Harries are reuniting with Daldry for the show

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A new Netflix original series inspired by award-winning West End play The Audience and big screen adaptation The Queen is confirmed to air worldwide in 2016.

Writer Peter Morgan, director Stephen Daldry and producer Andy Harries are reuniting for ten-episode season The Crown, which will once more tell the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II's private Buckingham Palace meetings with Britain’s prime ministers from 1952 to the present day.

Each season of the show will delve into the "political rivalries, person intrigues, love lives and machinations" across a decade of the Queen's reign, while also exploring "the delicate balance between her private world and public life".

The first season of The Crown will begin with Princess Elizabeth facing the prospect of leading the monarchy while building a relationship with domineering World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

"The Crown is not only about the royal family but about an empire in decline, a world in disarray and the dawn of a new era," said Morgan.

"I am beyond thrilled to be reunited with partners from film, theatre and television for this epic project and delighted to be working for the first time with Netflix."


Casting for the show will likely include finding actors to play the hundreds of statesmen and women the Queen has met during her reign, from Nelson Mandela to members of her family including Prince Philip, Charles, Diana and William.

There are expected to be at least three actresses playing the Queen in the new series and possibly four.

There is no indication as to who is in the running or whether Helen Mirren would be involved again. She recently said that she does not "want to be known as the actress who played the Queen".

The series will be the first original Netflix programme to be shot in the UK, after the popular streaming service beat the BBC and ITV to secure it.