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‘The Crown’ to return in November for season 5 with a new queen


LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Crown” will return to its Netflix throne in early November.

The drama series about Queen Elizabeth II and her extended family will begin its fifth season on November 9, the streaming service announced on Saturday. The debut will take place two months after the Queen passed away on September 8 at the age of 96.

Production on the sixth season was suspended on the day the Queen died and again for the funeral of Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

In the upcoming season, Imelda Staunton becomes the latest in a succession of actors who have played Elizabeth over the decades of her life and reign. The first two seasons starred Claire Foy as the young Princess Elizabeth ascending the throne and becoming queen. Seasons three and four introduced Olivia Colman as a more mature queen.

The show won 22 Emmys, including a Best Drama Series trophy and Best Drama Actress honors for Foy and Colman. Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles as a young man in 13 episodes, won the Emmy for best dramatic actor.

The central role of Princess Diana shifted from Emma Corrin in season four to Elizabeth Debicki (“Tenet”) for seasons five and six. She stars alongside Dominic West as Prince Charles. The Prince, Elizabeth’s eldest child, became King Charles III upon his death.

Other newcomers include Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip.

Season five of “The Crown” is set to cover the royal family’s turbulent 1990s, when Charles and Diana’s marriage fell apart. The Princess of Wales died following a car accident in Paris in August 1997.

The series was widely acclaimed as a drama, but some criticized it for its lapses in historical accuracy. Two years ago, Netflix rejected requests to add a disclaimer to the series.

Peter Morgan, creator of “The Crown” and author of other dramas of recent history, including “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon,” has defended his work, calling it documented and true in his mind.