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Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to the present day

The Crown’s executive producer Suzanne Mackie confirmed that the much-loved show will end after season six, taking the Royal Family into the early 2000s.  

Speaking to Broadcast on Thursday, the producer, 35, claimed the Netflix show’s creator Peter Morgan ‘simply can’t’ write another season because recent history hasn’t ‘had time to gain a proper perspective’. 

She explained: ‘Peter has said it very articulately, that he simply can’t write something unless there has been time to gain a proper perspective.’ 

Final season: The Crown creator Peter Morgan will end the show after season six because the plot is too close to present day, executive producer Suzanne Mackie confirmed on Thursday

Suzanne also reflected on the fact that Peter likes to leave a decade between The Crown’s plot lines and current modern life. 

She explained: ‘I think he’s [Peter] always felt 10 years is the minimum amount of time that he can see something in a historical context, to allow him to really understand it. I don’t think he’ll deviate from that.

The executive producer continued: ‘We all know these stories, but what Peter does so brilliantly is get underneath that, and understand the landscape in a more nuanced, complex, surprising way.’

The Crown insider then explained that if the show’s script gets too close to present day events she fears the plot will start to feel contrived.  

Choice: Susanne added Peter 'simply can't' write another script because recent history hasn't 'had time to gain a proper perspective' (Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor pictured in show)

Choice: Susanne added Peter ‘simply can’t’ write another script because recent history hasn’t ‘had time to gain a proper perspective’ (Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor pictured in show) 

Praise: The executive producer (pictured in 2019) added: 'What Peter does so brilliantly is get underneath that, and understand the landscape in a more nuanced, complex, surprising way'

Praise: The executive producer (pictured in 2019) added: ‘What Peter does so brilliantly is get underneath that, and understand the landscape in a more nuanced, complex, surprising way’

Despite the show’s success, Suzanne said she agreed with Peter’s decision and thought it was definitely time to move on from the popular show. 

Reflecting on casting Emma Corrin as Diana, Princess of Wales, in season four,  Suzanne claimed it was one of her proudest career highlights.  

Emma was originally brought to the show to help out while Emerald Fennell ran her lines as Camilla Parker-Bowles. 

But after the young actress impressed executives at the read-through they gave her a screen test and realised ‘that might be Diana’.  

Preference: Suzanne also reflected on the fact that Peter likes to leave a decade between The Crown's plot lines and current modern life

Preference: Suzanne also reflected on the fact that Peter likes to leave a decade between The Crown’s plot lines and current modern life

Shining star: Suzanne also gushed that casting Emma (pictured) as Princess Diana in season four of the show was one of her proudest career highlights

Shining star: Suzanne also gushed that casting Emma (pictured) as Princess Diana in season four of the show was one of her proudest career highlights

Netflix announced last July that The Crown will air for six series after originally being confirmed to end with season five.

Creator Peter Morgan revealed he decided to ‘return to the original plan,’ meaning Imelda Staunton will now appear for two series as an older Queen Elizabeth II instead of the planned one.

In January 2020 it was previously announced that The Crown would end after its fifth series, with series four, airring late last year.

There's more? The Crown will air for six series after originally being confirmed to end with season five (Olivia Colman pictured as Queen Elizabeth II in series 3)

There’s more? The Crown will air for six series after originally being confirmed to end with season five (Olivia Colman pictured as Queen Elizabeth II in series 3)

Peter said: ‘As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.’ 

The news was announced by Netflix on their Twitter account, as they wrote: ‘News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five!’

The streaming service then clarified that fans will still have one more series featuring the current cast, including Olivia Colman and Helen Bonham Carter, with an older range of stars taking over in series five.  

In the fifth series Lesley Manville will take over the role of Princess Margaret from Helena Bonham Carter.

Exciting: The news was announced by Netflix on Twitter, along with the statement from creator Peter Morgan, who said they 'went back to the original plan'

Exciting: The news was announced by Netflix on Twitter, along with the statement from creator Peter Morgan, who said they ‘went back to the original plan’

Royally good: Imelda Staunton (appearing in Downton Abbey) is to play the Queen in the final two series

Royally good: Queen Elizabeth II attending the ballet at the Festival Hall in London on 1st June 1964

Royally good: Imelda Staunton is to play the Queen in The Crown’s final two series. The 63-year-old will take over the role of Elizabeth II for seasons five and six of the Netflix drama

Congrats! Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret in The Crown

Pictured: Princess Margaret at an official royal engagement in 1966

Congrats! Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown

Portrayal: The star, who is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen's younger sister during one of the 'darkest periods of her life' (pictured 1995)

Portrayal: The star, who is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen’s younger sister during one of the ‘darkest periods of her life’ (pictured 1995)

She was believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen’s younger sister during one of the ‘darkest periods of her life.’

The role was also taken on by Vanessa Kirby in season one and two, documenting the early years of Princess Margaret’s marriage to Anthony Armstrong Jones.

Netflix previously revealed that more than 73 million households have streamed at least part of show since it first launched in November 2016.

Award-winning: Oscar-winner Olivia is playing Queen Elizabeth II in series three and four of The Crown

Amazing: She is the spitting image of the Queen herself (pictured above with the pets in 1970)

Award-winning: Oscar-winner Olivia (L) is playing Queen Elizabeth II (pictured right in 1964) in series three and four of The Crown 

Coronation: Claire Foy played a young Queen Elizabeth II as she ascended the throne following her late father's death

Coronation: Claire Foy played a young Queen Elizabeth II (pictured in 1955) as she ascended the throne following her late father's death

Coronation: Claire Foy (L) played a young Queen Elizabeth II (pictured right in 1955) as she ascended the throne following her late father’s death during seasons one and two 

Series three of The Crown hit Netflix in November 2019, with Oscar-winner Olivia Colman taking the throne from Claire Foy, who portrayed the monarch in the first two seasons. 

The third series followed events including the Aberfan mining disaster, the moon landing, the romance between Prince Charles and Camilla Shand and the investiture of Charles as the Prince of Wales.    

Also appearing in the series are Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip, Helena as Princess Margaret, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, and Ben Daniels as Anthony Armstrong Jones, the Earl of Snowdon.

Icon: Emma Corrin will debut in series four as Princess Dian

Controversial: Gillian Anderson will play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

New guard: The fourth season, which will air in 2020, sees the addition of Emma Corrin as Princess Diana (L) and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher (R)

Not to be: It's thought the sixth series will end before portraying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's sensational break from the Royal Family (pictured October 2019)

Not to be: It’s thought the sixth series will end before portraying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s sensational break from the Royal Family (pictured October 2019)

Peter previously told The Sun: ‘At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons.

‘But now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop.’

When The Crown was first announced, it was thought the series would run for six series, spanning six decades, and cover The Royal Family’s history up to 2003.

Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, said: ‘The first three seasons of The Crown defined an era, and I know the upcoming fourth season will build further on that success. 

‘It’s a stunning example of award-winning entertainment, created in the UK and loved by millions of fans around the world.

‘I fully support Peter Morgan’s creative decision and am excited to see how he, Imelda Staunton and the cast and crew of season five, bring this landmark series to a fitting and spectacular end.’

Scandal: It will also not include Prince Andrew's scandalous friendship with billionaire paedophile Epstein, which engulfed the Royals and resulted in his 'sacking'

Scandal: It will also not include Prince Andrew’s scandalous friendship with billionaire paedophile Epstein, which engulfed the Royals and resulted in his ‘sacking’

Key moments in the Royal Family’s history the show will not cover includes Meghan and Harry’s decision to step back as senior Royals.

Meghan and Harry rocked the foundations of the Royal Family when they announced their shock decision as they ‘work to become financially independent’.

In a turbulent year for the House of Windsor Prince Andrew was also ‘sacked’ from all Royal duties by the Queen after a disastrous Newsnight interview about his years of friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 

Executive producer Suzanne Mackie shared earlier this year: ‘To be honest, whatever the life of ‘The Crown’ is after where we are now, I doubt we’ll ever go as far into the present day.’

It comes after it was revealed last week that The Crown bosses have cast Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major in the upcoming series. 

In the ‘surprise’ casting, Netflix chiefs revealed the Trainspotting star, 48, who is rumoured to have rekindled his romance with ex Angelina Jolie, will play the Tory Prime Minister, who was in charge of the country from November 1990 and May 1997.

He followed on from Margaret Thatcher’s leadership, with The Iron Lady played by Gillian Anderson in the wildly-popular Netflix period drama.

Shock: It comes after it was revealed last week that The Crown bosses Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major last week (pictured in Elementary)

Shock: It comes after it was revealed last week that The Crown bosses Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major last week (pictured in Elementary)

Insiders told The Sun: ‘It may seem like an unlikely casting as the two men couldn’t be more different, but the creators of the Crown aren’t interested in an actor playing a version of themselves.

‘It was a similar idea to when Sex Education star Gillian Anderson was cast as Margaret Thatcher in the last series of The Crown, a decision which surprised fans of the show at the time.

‘But at 48, Jonny is actually the perfect age to play Sir John, who became PM at the age of 47 after Maggie was removed from power.’ 

Sir John was Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997, and served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher from 1987 to 1990.

Former PM: Sir John was Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997, and served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher from 1987 to 1990 (pictured in 2015)

Former PM: Sir John was Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997, and served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher from 1987 to 1990 (pictured in 2015)

Jonny, pictured in 2010

Prime Minister John Major, pictured in 1994

Insiders told The Sun: ‘It may seem like an unlikely casting as the two men couldn’t be more different, but the creators of the Crown aren’t interested in an actor playing a version of themselves’

Major entered politics at a young age, standing as a young Conservative for Lambeth Council at the age of 21 and became chairman of the Housing Committee.

He then stood for Parliament twice in St Pancras from 1974 and lost, before winning in Huntingdonshire in 1979.

The politician became a minister in 1985 and became a part of the Cabinet in 1987 as Chief Secretary to the Treasury before being promoted to Foreign Secretary in 1989, and shortly after he was named Chancellor. 

Major replaced Mrs Thatcher in 1990 after winning a leadership contest which she dropped out of. 

Politician: Major replaced Mrs Thatcher in 1990 after winning a leadership contest which she dropped out of (pictured in 1990)

Politician: Major replaced Mrs Thatcher in 1990 after winning a leadership contest which she dropped out of (pictured in 1990)

A Tale of Two Johnny’s 

Jonny Lee Miller

Born: Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey 

Known for: Acting for nearly 40 years in Film, TV and Theatre, with most notable roles in Trainspotting, Elementary, Hackers

Romances: Married to Angelina Jolie from 1996 to 1999, also previously married to Michele Hicks from 2008 to 2018. 

Children: One son, Buster Timothy Miller, 13, with ex-wife Michele. 

Accolades: Miller won a Laurence Olivier Award for his performance in Frankenstein at the National Theatre in 2012. 

He was also nominated for a BAFTA in 2007 for The Flying Scotsman. 

Sir John Major 

Born: Carshalton, Surrey

Known for: Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997, and served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher from 1987 to 1990

Romances: Major has been married to wife Norma Johnson since 1970. 

Children: Two children, daughter Elizabeth, 49, and son James, 46.  

Accolades: Major was given a Knighthood in 2005 as a Companion Of The Garter by Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Mrs Thatcher had won a first ballot in the leadership contest, but failed to secure outright victory, and initially pledged to continue her bid.

But the majority of her cabinet members had told her she would not win, which Mr Major knew, and she later decided to step down.

He then pledged to ‘destroy’ his predecessor after believing she was critical of him following her departure, according to a book by former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore in 2019. 

Major was known for having a mild-mannered style which may appear to be in stark contrast to Miller, who is known for playing bad boy characters like Sick Boy in Trainspotting.

Bit different: Major was known for having a mild-mannered style in stark contrast to Miller, who is known for playing bad boy characters like Sick Boy in Trainspotting (pictured)

Bit different: Major was known for having a mild-mannered style in stark contrast to Miller, who is known for playing bad boy characters like Sick Boy in Trainspotting (pictured)

THE CROWN: The Politicians  

WINSTON CHURCHILL  

John Lithgow

SERIES: One 

TIME IN OFFICE: From 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955

– John was the only American actor to star in the first season of the show and wore a fat suit for the role  

ANTHONY EDEN

 Jeremy Northam

SERIES: One 

TIME IN OFFICE: Succeeded Churchill in 1955 and held the post til 1957 

 HAROLD MACMILLAN 

Anton Lesser 

SERIES: Two 

TIME IN OFFICE: Took over from Eden when he resigned in 1957 until 1963 

HAROLD WILSON 

Jason Watkins

SERIES: Three 

TIME IN OFFICE: From October 1964 to June 1970, and again from March 1974 to April 1976

 JOHN F. KENNEDY AND JACKIE O   

 Michael C. Hall and Jodi Balfour 

 SERIES: Two  

– The Crown portrayed the late president as a high-functioning drug addict 

Michael C. Hall as John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

JOHN F. KENNEDY AND JACKIE O

MARGARET THATCHER 

Gillian Anderson 

SERIES: Four 

TIME IN OFFICE: Thatcher became the first female prime minister when she was elected in 1979 and held the position until 1990.

 

Fans of the show were notably surprised by Miller’s casting announcement, and they took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

One person wrote: ‘Jonny Lee Miller – best known for playing Sick Boy in Trainspotting – will play Prime Minister Sir John Major in the fifth season of The Crown. Didn’t see that coming.. (sic)’

Another added: ‘I think its unprecedented, yeah. A major part of the excitement also comes from the casting as opposed to to the storylines, which is quite unusual in itself. 

‘Jonny Lee Miller as John Major though, just announced. I mean, Sir John must be smiling today.’

While one person joked: ‘Oh ok ok I’ll start watching The Crown!! But I am going to be very confused hornily because Jonny Lee Miller is Mr Superhottypants-McBrilliantActor, and John Major is Mr Noneofthosethings (sic)’

Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to the present day

Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to the present day

Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to the present day

Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to the present day

Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to the present day

Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to the present day

Reaction: Fans of the show were notably surprised by Miller's casting announcement, and they took to Twitter to share their thoughts

Reaction: Fans of the show were notably surprised by Miller’s casting announcement, and they took to Twitter to share their thoughts

The announcement comes after it was revealed he has been reconnecting with ex Angelina following her visits to his Brooklyn-area apartment. 

She has been staying at the ultra luxurious Carlyle Hotel overlooking Central Park while visiting New York with her children, where room prices begin at $700, with suites ranging thousands of dollars per night.

The Sun recently claimed that Miller has not only met Pax, 17, but also Jolie’s youngest son Knox, 12.  Angelina shares custody of both kids with ex-husband Brad Pitt, in addition to Maddox, 19, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15 and and Vivienne, 12 

‘On her first evening with Jonny, Angelina only took Knox along, and they got on like a house on fire,’ a source told the outlet. ‘Knox is a sweet kid and I imagine she decided he was the easiest one to begin introductions with.’

And Pax was curious what Miller was like so he came the next evening. 

They get along well: The announcement comes after it was revealed he has been reconnecting with ex Angelina following her visits to his Brooklyn-area apartment

They get along well: The announcement comes after it was revealed he has been reconnecting with ex Angelina following her visits to his Brooklyn-area apartment

‘She went back the next afternoon with Pax, who was curious to meet this guy she’s always spoken so fondly about,’ said the insider. ‘They only hung out for a short while at Jonny’s apartment, but they seemed to get along well.’ 

Last week, The Girl Interrupted star spent about three hours inside — where the pair reportedly enjoyed dinner — and was then spotted exiting the premise at 10:30pm. 

They were married in 1996 after meeting on the set of their movie Hackers a year prior, but separated shortly after and officially divorced in 1999.

Back in March, it was reported that The Crown’s casting directors have begun looking for a sandy-haired pre-teen boy to play Prince William in the much-anticipated fifth series of the hit Netflix show. 

Back then: He will play the Tory Prime Minister, who was in charge of the country from November 1990 and May 1997 (Major and his wife Norma in 1990)

Back then: He will play the Tory Prime Minister, who was in charge of the country from November 1990 and May 1997 (Major and his wife Norma in 1990)

Netflix is said to have already put out casting calls to hundreds of top schools and drama clubs for a youngster to play the future king as preparations to film the fifth series get underway.

A Netflix source told the Times that the hunt for the Duke of Cambridge was in its early days, while the search for his younger brother, Prince Harry, would begin at a later stage.

Casting director Nina Gold is said to be looking for youngsters between the ages of nine and 13 to play Prince William, who was played in the fourth series by Lucas Barber-Grant.

Could it be? Netflix have reportedly put out casting calls to hundreds of top schools and drama clubs for a youngster to play Prince William (pictured in August 1995 with his parents and Prince Harry) in The Crown's fifth series

Could it be? Netflix have reportedly put out casting calls to hundreds of top schools and drama clubs for a youngster to play Prince William (pictured in August 1995 with his parents and Prince Harry) in The Crown’s fifth series

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