Fans of The Crown have been waiting for nearly two years for the third series. Season two landed back in 2017 with Claire Foy giving her final turn as Queen Elizabeth II. The Wolf Hall actress has now passed on the baton to Broadchurch star and Oscar winner Olivia Colman, who will be giving a performance as an older version of the monarch.
When will The Crown season 3, episode 1 be released on Netflix?
The Crown season three, episode one will be landing on Netflix on Sunday, November 17 from 8am GMT.
Season three will consist of 10 episodes like its predecessors and all episodes will be made available at once.
This means there will be no waiting each week for a new episode.
Instead, fans can work their way through the series rapidly in one sitting.
The Sunday premiere is a change of pace for the US streaming platform which has typically dropped its big shows on a Friday to allow audiences time to binge over the weekend.
However, in recent years, Netflix has changed this up with Jessica Jones landing on Netflix on a Thursday in 2018 to coincide with International Women’s Day.
Similarly, Stranger Things season three was released on July 4 this year, partly to coincide with the American holiday but also because the US Independence Day was featured in the show.
Netflix also made a last-minute change which saw Sacred Games season two released at midnight Indian Time on August 15 as part of the nation’s independence day.
Usually, all shows are dropped at midnight Pacific Standard Time because this is where Netflix is headquartered – but the streamer clearly had its Indian audience in mind.
But it looks like Netflix could be changing the game to better suit the content of the show as well as the audience.
If The Crown was on a British channel, it is highly likely it would be in a Sunday night slot like Downton Abbey or Victoria – so perhaps the streamer is trying to tap into this culture of viewing.
Who will be in The Crown season 3?
Season three will feature a fresh set of faces with Colman leading as the Queen.
Joining her will be Outlander and Game of Thrones actor Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip.
Helen Bonham Carter is going to be portraying Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels assumes the part of her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones.
Also joining the cast this year will be Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and Emerald Fennell as Camilla Shand.
In the role of prime minister Harold Wilson will be Line of Duty and Detectorists star Jason Watkins.
The new series will be set between 1964 and 1976 with the Royal Family facing new struggles as they try to survive in an ever-changing world.
The Crown season 3 will be released on Netflix on November 17