Gillian Anderson on Fictional Warning in The Crown


Gillian Anderson plays Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of The crown, a show that recently sparked a debate about fact and fiction. Some royal editors and members of the UK government are even calling for a disclaimer, stating that the show is not an exact retelling of historical events.

The dispute began in November 2020 when British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden spoke to the Daily mail on Sunday of his fears that viewers might misinterpret events while watching the series. “Without that [warning]I fear that a generation of viewers who did not witness these events might take fiction for fact, “he told the newspaper. Former Education Minister Damian Hind also took the time to share and share his thoughts Daily mail that “this is not a dramatization of a novel. It is based on real people’s lives and reflects many events that people will recognize. While it contains fiction, it is certainly not ‘pure’ fiction.”

In response, Netflix said diversity that they had no plans to add a warning as the show was “always presented as a drama”. “We are confident that our members understand that it is a fiction based largely on historical events. Therefore, we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer,” said the streaming service.

On February 4, Anderson shared her opinion on the situation during an interview InStyle. “It’s so obvious that we’re doing a TV show and that these are characters that are based on real people. To me, it just felt like drama, for drama sake. But I understand that a lot of people she told the magazine. “There are a lot of things that could have been written about – but not – that are so much worse than what ended up on the show. The friendliness has been expanded in certain areas that didn’t have to be,” added she added. It’s still unclear whether or not Netflix will change its mind about the need for a disclaimer, but it seems unlikely.



Robert Dunfee