Just as the UK descends into chaos once again, Netflix is attempting to distract us all with the official trailer for the returning show.
Liz Truss may have left the building, but now it's time for Imelda Staunton to take up her two-season residency (er, there's some sort of political segway there, figure it out for yourself), which will be far longer than the former PM's reign. 'The Crown' season five trailer has dropped just in time as the perfect distraction.
Elizabeth Debicki will portray Princess Diana, while Dominic West will play her husband, Prince Charles. Season five will centre on the breakdown of their marriage, having separated in 1992 before divorcing in 1996.
Imelda Staunton takes up the title of the late Queen, Elizabeth II, while Jonathan Pryce will star as her husband, Prince Philip. Lesley Manville joins the series as Elizabeth's younger sister, Princess Margaret.
The official synopsis for the season is as follows: As Queen Elizabeth II (Staunton) approaches the 40th anniversary of her accession, she reflects on a reign that has encompassed nine prime ministers, the advent of mass television and the twilight of the British Empire. Yet new challenges are on the horizon. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong signals a seismic shift in the international order presenting both obstacles and opportunities. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing closer to home.
Prince Charles (West) pressures his mother to allow him to divorce Diana (Debicki), presenting a constitutional crisis of the monarchy. Rumours circulate as husband and wife are seen to live increasingly separate lives and, as media scrutiny intensifies, Diana decides to take control of her own narrative, breaking with family protocol to publish a book that undermines public support for Charles and exposes the cracks in the House of Windsor.
Tensions are set to rise further, as Mohamed Al Fayed (Salim Daw) arrives on the scene. Driven by his desire for acceptance of the highest order, he harnesses his self-made wealth and power to try and earn him and his son Dodi (Khalid Abdalla) a seat at the royal table.
Here's 'The Crown' season five trailer, which Netflix describes as: "Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatisation tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign."
Netflix revealed this week that sixth and final season of the popular show will not show the death of Princess Diana. The final season will take place in the late '90s, with the tragic death of The People's Princess occurring during the storyline It's not yet known at which point the series will finish. Given that The Queen died earlier this year, and that the series is all about her reign, it could likely conclude with her passing (but skipping over the Harry and Megan drama).
'The Crown' season five begins on Netflix on Wednesday, November 9. 'The Crown: The Official Podcast' will also return from November 9.