The real reason why The Crown can’t go past season six has been revealed.
Executive producer Suzanne Mackie explained in an interview with Broadcast that the show will have to end as creator Peter Morgan will be unable to gain ‘proper perspective’ on such recent events within the Royal Family.
She said: “Peter has said it very articulately, that he simply can’t write something unless there has been time to gain a proper perspective.
“And I think he’s always felt 10 years is the minimum amount of time that he sees something in a historical context, to allow him to really understand it. I don’t think he’ll deviate from that.”
The executive producer then went on to praise the way Morgan can get ‘underneath’ stories and explain them in a ‘complex, surprising way’.
“The minute he started trying to do that sooner, it will inevitably feel contrived or artificial. So, although this has been an absolute career highlight for me, it will absolutely be time to move on,” she continued.
Reflecting on the show’s success, Mackie revealed that the ‘proudest moment’ of her career was when she cast Emma Corrin as Diana, Princess of Wales.
She said: “We knew we didn’t want to cast someone very well known. In Diana, we wanted someone that you almost needed to dress up, and who evolves from being that slightly awkward Sloane Ranger teen to a stronger woman. That’s an extraordinary journey, and one the audience would need to completely accept and understand.
“We decided to get an actor to read Diana’s lines, and this young girl, a student, Emma, comes in to help out. I had a very strong feeling about her, immediately. She read that scene five times and we thought, ‘Blimey, she’s good’. So we put the camera on her and had her in the scene. At the end, I looked at her and thought, ‘That might be Diana’.”
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