Netflix has announced it will not be warning viewers of The Crown that key scenes are invented or dramatised.
Last week, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called for the drama to alert fans that the series is a work of fiction, however, the streaming giant has hit back, insisting that audiences are aware the show is loosely based on historical events.
‘We have always presented The Crown as a drama, and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events,’ Netflix said in a statement.
‘As a result, we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.’
Netflix’s announcement comes after the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) requested for disclaimers at the beginning of every episode to avoid depictions on the show being mistaken for real life events.
‘It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that,’ he told the Mail on Sunday.
‘Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.’
Actress Helena Bonham-Carter, who plays Princess Margaret in the series, agreed with Dowden’s sentiments.
‘I do feel very strongly because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, “Hang on guys, this is not… it’s not drama doc, we’re making a drama”,’ she said.
The Crown season 4 hasn’t been without controversy, with members of the Royal Family attacked by trolls online over the show’s depiction.
The series has come under fire from a number of high-profile detractors over its depictions of Royal Family members between 1977 and 1990, namely the show’s portrayal of Diana’s eating disorder as well as Charles’ affair with Camilla.
Meanwhile, Piers Morgan branded Olivia Colman’s portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II as ‘grossly unfair’.
The Crown is available to stream on Netflix.
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