The Crown filming: Actresses are spotted on set in Hull
The Crown goes back in time as actresses playing young Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret are spotted on set in Hull while recreating jubilant VE Day scenes
A street in the northern town of Hull has gone back in time as The Crown filmed VE Day scenes from 1945.
Crew for the hit Netflix show, which has continued to stir controversies for its coverage of particularly touchy storylines for the Royal Family, were seen filming takes at night on Wednesday.
The team are set to film in Hull for three days this week, on Alfred Gelder Street, Queen Victoria Square and inside Hull City Hall.
Flashback: A street in the northern town of Hull has gone back in time as The Crown filmed VE Day scenes from 1945 (actresses believed to be The Queen and Princess Margaret pictured on set)
Big names in the show were not seen taking part in the scenes on Wednesday night, with plenty of extras completing the takes instead.
One actress believed to be the Queen in flashback scenes was dressed in a dark uniform while beside her the lady in a light pink dress is understood to be her sister Princess Margaret.
It appears that the takes were set in 1945, the year of VE Day, although it is not confirmed what story the time-travel is aiming to retell.
VE Day marked the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end on 8 May.
Busy: Crew for the hit Netflix show, which has continued to stir controversies for its coverage of particularly touchy storylines for the Royal Family , were seen filming takes at night on Wednesday
Set designers completely transformed the area to imitate Britain after wartime, including celebratory flags and a red bus with people cheering and waving on it.
Motorists were not allowed on Alfred Gelder Street while the filming was going ahead.
It comes after the hit series is reportedly set to cover the hours before the Princess Diana’s tragic death in Paris in August 1997.
The show is already facing criticism over other storylines set to feature in the new series, including depicting the then Prince Charles as a disloyal schemer who plotted against his mother and Prince Philip ‘pursuing an affair’ with his close friend Penny Knatchbull.
Shooting: The team are set to film in Hull for three days this week, on Alfred Gelder Street, Queen Victoria Square and inside Hull City Hall
William Shawcross, the Queen Mother’s official biographer, branded the series ‘odious’ and ‘deliberately hurtful’ over an apparently invented scene where Charles tells the Queen she should be ‘thrown… into jail’ for being a ‘bad mother’.
Last night, Netflix risked adding fuel to the fire by refusing to add a disclaimer to the series stating that the scenes, branded ‘malicious’ by one royal expert, are not fact but fiction.
Meanwhile, according to The Sun, even crew members are concerned in relation to the scenes depicting the lead-up to Diana’s death, with one reportedly saying: ‘It feels as though a line is being crossed.’
One source close to Prince William last night told the paper that they expect the Prince of Wales will be angered by Netflix’s move to reproduce his mother’s final days for entertainment purposes.
Exciting: Set designers completely transformed the area to imitate Britain after wartime, including celebratory flags and a red bus with people cheering and waving on it
Netflix insists Diana’s death, in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in central Paris, will not be recreated in the new series.
But one set source reportedly told The Sun: ‘To be going back to Paris and turning Diana’s final days and hours into a drama feels very uncomfortable.
‘The show always tried to present a fictional version of royal history with as much sensitivity as possible. But lately, as things get closer to the present day, it feels harder to strike that balance.’
The storyline where Charles plots to oust his mother was branded a ‘barrel-load of malicious nonsense’ by former prime minister Sir John Major as those close to the new monarch called for a boycott.
Stars: One actress believed to be the Queen in flashback scenes was dressed in a dark uniform while beside her the lady in a light pink dress is understood to be her sister Princess Margaret
Critics argue the show should carry a warning that the ‘false, unfair and deeply wounding’ scenes are fiction, which not all viewers realise.
Yet The Crown has confirmed that series five will air from November 9 without a disclaimer.
Meanwhile, the Queen Mother’s official biographer called the series ‘odious’ and ‘deliberately hurtful’.
Mr Shawcross, in a letter to The Daily Telegraph, said that the programme is ‘filled with lies and half-truths encased in lace and velvet’.
Actresses: It appears that they were set in 1945, the year of VE Day, although it is not confirmed what story the time-travel is aiming to retell
He also accused creator Peter Morgan of organising ‘a campaign to abuse’ the monarchy and ‘to destroy by lies a vital institution’.
Former culture secretary Nadine Dorries said that it was only fair that the show regularly displays such a warning, as is common with other programmes.
The Tory MP added: ‘If a programme is purely fiction as this series of The Crown obviously is, in the name of fairness and transparency it should clearly state so.
‘It’s quite bizarre that it would feature people who are alive today but are bound by protocol and unable to rebut false impressions and invented scenarios, knowing that many viewers would believe them to be real.’
A spokesman for the series said: ‘The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.
Series Five is a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the Royal Family – one that has already been scrutinised and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians.’
The new series, set in the 1990s, opens with Charles – then the Prince of Wales – lobbying then prime minister Sir John in a bizarre attempt to force the Queen’s abdication.
Scenes: Motorists were not allowed on Alfred Gelder Street while the filming was going ahead
The prince, played by Dominic West, actively briefs against the Queen, whom he believes is out of touch.
But Sir John told The Mail on Sunday that the meeting did not happen and the ‘improper subject’ was never discussed. His office said that not one scene is ‘accurate in any way’, adding: ‘They are fiction, pure and simple.
‘They should be seen as nothing other than damaging and malicious fiction – a barrel-load of nonsense peddled for no other reason than to provide maximum – and entirely false – dramatic impact.’
Taking a break: Later the two actresses bundled up in warm coats amid the busy three days of filming
Very smart! The extras wore 1940s outfits, with plenty wearing their Sunday Best and pretty dresses
Criticism: Netflix is facing fury over plans to dramatise Princess Diana’s final moments before her tragic death in Paris in its new season of The Crown (Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in The Crown, season five)
In another scene, Charles says: ‘If we were an ordinary family and social services came to visit they would have thrown us into care and you [the Queen] into jail.’
While the new series was written at least a year before the Queen died and filming completed months ago, the timing of its release may lead to criticism.
Sources close to the Palace have said the Queen’s death just six weeks ago makes the scenes particularly hurtful.
Divided: The Crown has released two new posters to promote the fifth season, following backlash towards the show for blurring the lines between fact and fiction
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