December 4, 2020

How accurate is The Crown season 4? Whats true and false in the Netflix series – The Times

The fourth season of The Crown stretches from May 1979, when Margaret Thatcher is elected Britain’s first female prime minister, to Christmas 1990, shortly after she has been drummed out of office. Peter Morgan, the show’s creator, tells us: “We do our very, very best to get it right, but sometimes I have to conflate [incidents] . . . You sometimes have to forsake accuracy, but you must never forsake truth.” The forsaking of the truth, the perverting and twisting of known facts, is what has always concerned me throughout the four seasons of this series. It is about real people, often put into fictional situations.

The main protagonists in season four are Thatcher and the Prince and Princess of Wales, clashed against some of