According to BBC Entertainment, 73 million households around the world have watched and streamed the series since it first aired in 2016. The Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy awarded show is back with a bang for a penultimate season.
Season four runs from 1977 to 1990, and shows the budding romance between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The first three seasons focused primarily on Queen Elizabeth 2 and her diplomatic ties to other countries, so it will be interesting to see other cast members receiving more camera time.
The 1970s draw to a close with much worry that heir apparent, Charles, is still unmarried at 30. Enter Lady Diana Spencer, who brings a breath of fresh air to the stiff monarchy.
“The nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth,” Netflix stated in the synopsis on its site.
Emma Corrin, who closely resembles the former Princess of Wales, joins the series as Lady Diana.
Judging by the trailer and reviews, it’s clear the 23-year-old actress has nailed everything from the late princess’s outfits to her famously coy expression as a young woman.
The American actress Gillian Anderson joins the cast as Thatcher, the first woman to assume the role of British Prime Minister.
The series ends before the nasty divorce between Charles and Diana, which will probably be revealed in the fifth and final season of the hit British drama.