Broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh, a friend of the Prince of Wales, has spoken out against historical drama The Crown, accusing it of ‘playing with people’s lives’.
Nonetheless, he stated that a lot of the content in the most recent series, which features Olivia Colman as the monarch and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, is ‘conjecture’.
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘I watched the first two series, which were sufficiently distant historically to be interesting.
‘Now we are getting much closer to the present day and so much of it is conjecture.’
The gardener said that when the events depicted in the fourth season occurred, ‘we weren’t behind those closed doors when things were going on’.
‘To say, “Oh, it’s a drama” – I think it is playing with people’s lives,’ he added.
‘Whether it’s the Prince of Wales or whether it is you or me. If somebody made a drama about we three and our private lives and they just made it up and said, “Well, it’s a drama really.”
‘You are using real people. Whoever they are, I don’t think it is a good idea. That’s just me.’
In November last year, culture secretary Oliver Dowden called for Netflix to include a disclaimer for viewers of The Crown stating that it is a ‘work of fiction’.
Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, he said: ‘It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that.
‘Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.’
Netflix later said it had ‘no plans’ to adhere to the request of a fiction disclaimer on The Crown episodes.
The streaming company stated: ‘We have always presented The Crown as a drama – and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.
‘As a result we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.’
The Crown is available to watch on Netflix.
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