Historical dramas are hard to get right. There's a desire to stay true to actual events. But there's also that other half of the phrase: drama. Sometimes, real life doesn't happen in a way that fits a nice, neat narrative. It can also be downright unfilmable, or worse, boring. For a show like The Crown, which recounts real people who are still alive today, telling its story sometimes means taking liberties with the facts to make a better show. That can leave fans curious about whether certain moments in The Crown Season 4 were actually real.
Warning: Spoilers for The Crown Season 4 follow. The series has been known to take artistic license from the earliest episodes of Season 1. But considering those were incidents that took place back some 70 years ago that few remembered and were not photographed or captured on film, they were arguably easier to fudge for drama's sake. As the series rounds into Season 4, it reaches the 1980s, an era when the paparazzi were everywhere and television regularly broadcast footage of high profile events. Also, many audiences remember this era, since they lived through it.
Does that change how much The Crown sticks to the facts? Let's run down the 10 moments from the latest season that fans are curious about: