7 Things to Watch on Netflix Canada While You Wait for The Crown Season Three
What’s a royal watcher to do in the days leading up to The Crown season three? These binge-worthy shows provide the ultimate stopgap until we get our first full episode of Olivia Colman as Her Royal Highness.
Can’t Wait for The Crown Season Three?
Get your fascinators and top hats ready, because The Crown season three debuts on Netflix Canada on November 17th. With Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter inheriting the roles of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, respectively, this star-studded instalment promises more drama than ever, including a royal breakup, an investiture for Prince Charles, and our first look at Camilla. Until then, here are seven things to watch on Netflix Canada that serve the hot tea you’re craving.
1. The King
IMDB rating: 7.4/10
Before The Crown turned Queen Elizabeth II’s reign into dramatic gold, Shakespeare did the same for Henry V. This Netflix original takes the Bard’s three Henry plays (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V), and wraps them into one sweeping historical epic. Newly crowned as King Henry V, young Hal has to learn the royal ropes rather quickly: Not only has his father just died, but France has just declared war. The perfect recipe for drama! What’s most appealing about this flick is its impressive cast: Timothée Chalamet stars as King Henry V, pitted against Robert Pattinson as the Dauphin of France. Monarchs of the Middle Ages never looked so good.
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IMDB rating: 8.4/10
Curious about our new Queen? The best way to get acquainted with Olivia Colman, who takes over from Claire Foy in The Crown season three, is to binge-watch all three seasons of Broadchurch. Although this acclaimed British crime drama is a bit dark (consider yourself warned), it makes a refreshing change from the historical dramas on our list, and serves to showcase Colman’s astonishing acting chops. Here she plays Ellie, a detective investigating the death of a young boy in a small coastal community, with the help (and occasional hindrance) of Doctor Who’s David Tennant.
3. Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute
IMDB rating: 7.8/10
Although it’s based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown is a historical drama, which means many things in the series have been, well… Dramatized. (Find out exactly what The Crown gets wrong about the British royal family.) To set the record straight, check out Netflix Canada’s Elizabeth at 90, a documentary released to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday which features home videos never before seen by the public. This is nothing less than a backstage pass to the palace, with royals (including Princes William and Harry) sharing their personal memories of the Queen not just as a monarch, but as a grandmother.
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4. A Christmas Prince
IMDB rating: 5.7/10
If it’s a royal romance you’re looking for (with a guaranteed happy ending), then behold Netflix Canada’s A Christmas Prince. In this festive popcorn flick, Amber is an American journalist sent to the (purely fictitious) country of Aldolvia to cover a press conference with the soon-to-be king, Prince Richard. When the handsome heir doesn’t show up, the determined Amber breaks into the castle (apparently the guards are on break) and impersonates a tutor in order to get her story. When she finally meets the prince, she’s finds he’s not quite the carefree bachelor she was expecting. Spoiler alert: There are two sequels after you’ve finished with this one—The Royal Wedding, out now, and The Royal Baby, premiering December 5th.
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5. The Other Boleyn Girl
IMDB rating: 6.7/10
Of all British monarchs, Henry VIII is likely the most infamous thanks to his tumultuous marriages—all six of them. This 2008 movie tells the little-known story of how Henry fell in love with Anne Boleyn (wife number two, for those counting); a romance that kicks off with Henry’s affair with Anne’s sister Mary—while he’s still married to his first wife, Catherine. Sheesh. As played by Eric Bana, Henry’s a real rake, but the drama that unfolds is nothing short of captivating.
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IMDB rating: 7.4/10
The natural follow-up to The Other Boleyn Girl is Elizabeth—the critically acclaimed 1998 biopic of Elizabeth I—daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Having just been been crowned Queen of England, our current monarch’s namesake is facing a lot of pressure from her advisers to marry, produce an heir and stabilize the country. Played brilliantly by Cate Blanchett (who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance), Elizabeth rejects all marriage proposals and chooses to bear the burden of the crown on her own. Long live the Virgin Queen.
7. Diana: In Her Own Words
IMDB rating: 7.9/10
It’s not too early to prepare for season four of The Crown, in which we’ll finally meet Diana and re-live the marriage that rocked the royal family to its foundations. In Diana: In Her Own Words, an interview the Princess of Wales gave to a friend serves as the basis of a documentary about her life, from her “unhappy” childhood, to her first time meeting Prince Charles and later, overhearing Charles’s secret calls to Camilla. Is it heartbreaking? Absolutely. But it’s also a refreshingly candid look at one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century.
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