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Should The Crown carry a fiction warning?

Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary fears The Crown viewers could mistake fiction for fact.

Viewers of hit Netflix series The Crown could be in danger of mistaking fiction for fact without a warning at the beginning of episodes, the Culture Secretary has said.

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), praised the drama centred around the royal family as a “beautifully produced work of fiction”.

But he raised concerns that younger viewers might mistake fictional depictions for real-life happenings.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “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.

“Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”

He is expected to write to Netflix this week to express his view.

Mr Dowden’s remarks come after a similar suggestion from Earl Spencer, the brother of Diana, Princess of Wales.

He told ITV’s Lorraine: “I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if, at the beginning of each episode, it stated that: ‘This isn’t true but it is based around some real events’.”

He added: “I worry people do think that this is gospel and that’s unfair.”

What are your views? Have you been watching the new season? Do you think there should be a warning at the beginning of each episode?

Should The Crown carry a fiction warning?

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Aethelward
2 days ago
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There are always youtube posts that correct the historical anomalies in films and TV series. it is a good way to learn about history. Enjoy the show then go to youtube and look for History Buffs. Vikings, The Last Kingdom, Spartacus TV series are historically incorrect. They piqued my interest in those particular areas and I checked their historical accuracy. The characters are usually real people from history but not necessarily in their true settings. Sometimes I can pick the anomalies other times I can't. I can often pick when they are using incorrect armour or weapons for the era but I can still be surprised.
Wilf
17th Dec 2020
1
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We are not children-most people will know its not a documentary but a reflection on what may have happened
Aethelfladd
6th Dec 2020
3
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Sadly, many people do, in fact, believe docudramas like 'The Crown' are completely true and the comments I have read on various sites confirm this. Prince Charles, in particular, will have his work cut out to recover from this series since he is played as the wicked selfish Prince who deliberately set out to make his first wife extremely unhappy. The entire RF are portrayed as fools and airheads, more concerned with killing wild animals than worthwhile causes. Even the Queen does not escape the general disapproval of a director who has made his views known in the past i.e. abolition is the right thinking solution. Netflix has tarnished the monarchy bigtime.
AlisonP24
30th Dec 2020
0
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I absolutely agree with you, though I cannot believe that some people think it is an accurate representation. The RF are not going to comment so it is up to the sensible ones of us to keep it in perspective- it is a drama at the end of the day.
sparrer
4th Dec 2020
6
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Anyone who has lived through the Queen's reign will know that most of the programme is fiction. The young are impressive and believe most of what they see on television so how can they respect the Royal Family when being fed such a lot of the writers imagination?
jeaniembe
4th Dec 2020
1
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Sadly there are many people who do think this is all real and this is where they get their history lessons from.
VeraS
4th Dec 2020
1
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I cannot believe there is anyone that thinks this is all true to life enough to carry a fiction warning !!!!!!
swaneldo
4th Dec 2020
1
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Crikey - who cares?!
Garve0148
2nd Dec 2020
1
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It's a film taking a lot of poetic licence are people not able to see this, do they believe everything they watch. Surely we can differentiate between that which we know to be fact and that which is conjecture
Sallyallman
2nd Dec 2020
1
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Maybe it should carry a warning. Although a lot is based on true events there is also substantial sensationalising for effect. It is also a fact that in some instances the actual truth is unfit for tv
Dani
2nd Dec 2020
1
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If you can’t see tv shows for what they are...money making ventures designed to entertain, then don’t have a television. I haven’t got one and I’m not aware of any horrible deprivation. Soon we’ll have people demanding warnings on books, works of art, everyday conversations that might be misconstrued....’ so sorry, I might be about to say something that you could possibly not understand in the current context..’
It’s quite funny really.
Nellbat
2nd Dec 2020
1
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Why is it only now in Series 5 covering Charles and Diana that this has become a problem. I have only recently started watching this programme from the start. Think it is a brilliant programme, never watched it before. I love history and I love the history of the monarchy and worried it would give false portrayal of events, but it is a brilliant series. It is condescending to say people will believe everything that is portrayed in the show. NO I believe it is more to do with interference from Prince Charles who doesn't want people to judge him. Well a little late for that, 30 years too late.
Billythequiche
1st Dec 2020
2
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You would think most people would not be so thick, but when you have to put a notice on a hot water tap to warn that it is hot, well...
Thinking of gullibility, I think we are sleep walking into the latest fleecing. As if Sky and Virgin were not enough we now have"
Starzplay
Netflix
Disney
Rakutten
Apple
Etc,etc.
How many subscriptions are we encouraged to take out? How many more films and favourite programmes will disappear to extra pay again subscriptions? How long before this becomes as bad as online gambling? How long before some claim poverty because they haven't got all the advertised platforms?
Retiredyorkie
1st Dec 2020
3
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Think its time that media in all areas backed off with their suppositions about the Royal family.


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viking
30th Nov 2020
3
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When a director/producer are hired to make this type of series, they are obliged to take liberties with the truth to make the product saleable both in this country and the wide world to earn maximum profit for the backers. Equally if such a saga were to fail the backers would lose money and director/producer would be placed in the "black book ", and their names put in a sort of undercover list of people to be avoided in the future.
Everone in this country has their opinion as to how the Royal Family is revealed and certain elements have to be wary to avoid a court case that could ensue. It follows therefore that a disclaimer warning should be shown particularly for english speaking North Americans who perhaps are not au fait with what happens in the UK.
AnneF72
30th Nov 2020
4
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Most sensible viewers will realise it’s fiction but there are still many who think it’s fact. I think this is very hurtful for our Royal Family who deserve more respect.
gr8nutcase
30th Nov 2020
1
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How can we, the general public, know what is true and what isnt true. The warning will make no difference.
We can only guess and from the Diana book, the interview on tv and Charles attitude towards her, a grave mistake was made by Monarchy by not letting him marry Camilla in the first place and ruining Diana's and his lives.
But he got what he wanted in the end and l understand he wants to make her his Queen which l 100 percent disagree with.
ecarg
30th Nov 2020
3
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It's unfair to call the younger generation gullible.
We have lived through much if not all of the Queen's reign and have our memories that enable us to determine fact from fiction.
The younger generation are viewing it as a historical drama and find it hard to distinguish fact from fiction.
After all the whole of history is littered with fact and fiction, are you really sure what you thought was true is. Yesterday was history.
MommaBear
30th Nov 2020
2
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For goodness sake!!! So, someone wants a Knighthood . . . Oh dear, are we being given a deeper insight into the way Charles and his now wife behaved??? Get a grip. I'm utterly astounded that someone should feel that we need 'warning' when watching The Crown, purely because of the family it portrays, yet us plebs and un-educated can carry on obliviours to the factuality of Eastenders, Emmerdale or Coronation Street!!!
KathleenH58
30th Nov 2020
3
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I have read a lot of derogatory Comments from Americans saying how dreadful Our Royal family are after They have watched the Crown, They really believe what They have seen is the Truth so Yes there should be a clear Statement that it is a Work of Fiction.
Katie72
10th Dec 2020
1
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Kathleen, I agree with you and the other comments who think there should be a clear statement that it is a fictional work and especially for Americans! The young generation in America does not know anything factual about the Queen and for that matter history in the US. I watched the coronation of Queen Elizabeth when I was 5 yrs old and respect and lover her and the royal family. The Crown is not a historical documentary and should make a statement that it is a fictional work.
susanxx
30th Nov 2020
1
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Just shows the guilability of the younger generation if they actually believe the conversations depicted are verbatim. I have learnt such a lot of historical facts, which I have subsequently checked, from the first 3 series. Sadly this 4th season is an epic fail.
Munsterlander
30th Nov 2020
3
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We have found it really interesting mainly from a historical point of view as we lived through all those years.
MrsPat
30th Nov 2020
6
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Not at all. People are not that stupid and the base line stories are true but of course the small scenes are almost certainly made up.
VandaB
30th Nov 2020
5
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I voted yes not because I think it's true, but if you read some of the comments on Facebook a lot of people have taken it all for the truth.
I have lived through most of it so I am finding it interesting as we forget some of our past.
caroleannetroops
30th Nov 2020
5
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personally I would ban it
Marley444
29th Nov 2020
6
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I would have thought that if you are watching a drama on TV that you would assume that not all of what you see is going to be factually correct. If it was a documentary, then it would more likely to be based on fact. Not sure what all the fuss is about

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