During our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), Peter Morgan reveals that the inspiration for his Netflix show “The Crown” grew out of a different project. “I wrote a play called ‘The Audience,’ which played in London and New York with Helen Mirren,” he explains. That piece, which focused on weekly meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and her various prime ministers, contained a short scene between the young ruler and Winston Churchill. “When I was writing that, I suddenly thought, this needs more time.” From that grew an in-depth look at Elizabeth II’s (Claire Foy) reign and its impact on English society. The show has been nominated for 13 Emmy awards, including Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Foy), Best Drama Supporting Actor (John Lithgow), Best Drama Directing (Stephen Daldry), and Best Drama Writing (Morgan).
Morgan penned all 10 installments of the show’s first season, and contends for the penultimate episode “Assassins.” In mounting this project, the writer employed “this fantastic team of researchers,” who worked full-time to uncover the most minute details about Elizabeth’s life. With his research in tow, “There comes the point, inevitably, where you have the facts, but you have to be a dramatist, and you have to then imagine how a character felt.” He adds, “Hopefully by then, the dots are narrow enough that the joining you’re doing as a dramatist is not preposterous.”
Morgan received Oscar nominations for writing “The Queen” (Original Screenplay in 2006), which won him a Golden Globe, and “Frost/Nixon” (Adapted Screenplay in 2008), based on his Tony award-winning play. He previously contended at the Emmys for “Longford” (Made for TV Movie in 2007) and “The Special Relationship” (Made for TV Movie and Movie/Mini Writing in 2010). The original Broadway run of “Frost/Nixon” brought him a Tony nomination for Best Play in 2007.
“The Crown” already picked up Golden Globes for Best Drama Series and Best Drama Actress; are the Emmys next? Check out our full interview above for more about Morgan’s work.
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