A street in the northern city of Hull goes back in time as The Crown films war scenes in the 1940s.
The crew for the hit Netflix show, which continued to spark controversy over its coverage of particularly sensitive storylines for the royal family, were filmed overnight Monday.
The team will film for three days this week in Hull, on Alfred Gelder Street, Queen Victoria Square and at Hull City Hall.
Turn back the clocks: a street in the northern city of Hull goes back in time as The Crown films war scenes in the 1940s
Big names on the show weren’t featured in the scenes on Monday night, but instead lots of extras rounded out the shooting.
They appear to be set in 1947, the year Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth married, although it has not been confirmed which story the time travel aims to retell.
Set designers have completely transformed the area to imitate wartime Britain, including posters under the statue of Queen Victoria in the square and sandbags at the bottom.
A shop was converted into an old-fashioned store, as well as 1940s lampposts and several other recognizable street features from antiquity.
Wartime: The team will film for three days this week in Hull, Alfred Gelder Street, Queen Victoria Square and Hull Town Hall
The extras wore 1940s outfits, and many wore their Sunday Best, including ball gowns for the ladies and bow ties for the men in suits.
An old red bus with the words ‘WEDDING SPECIAL’ on the front and the year 1947 displayed on the top was parked in the filming areas.
Motorists were not allowed to drive on Alfred Gelderstraat during the filming and that will also be the case on Tuesday afternoon.
It comes after the hit series will reportedly cover the hours before Princess Diana’s tragic death in Paris in August 1997.
The show has already been criticized for other storylines that will feature in the new series, including portraying then-Prince Charles as an unfaithful schemer who conspired against his mother and Prince Philip “pursuing an affair” with his close friend Penny Knatchbull.
Crew: Crew for the hit Netflix show, which continued to stir controversy over coverage of particularly sensitive storylines for the royal family, was filmed Monday
William Shawcross, the Queen Mother’s official biographer, labeled the series “abominable” and “deliberately hurtful” about a seemingly made-up scene in which Charles tells the Queen she should be “thrown in jail” for being a “bad mother.” ‘ is.
Netflix risked fuel on the fire last night by refusing to add a disclaimer to the series stating that the scenes, labeled as “evil” by a royal expert, are not fact but fiction.
Meanwhile, according to The suneven crew members are concerned about the scenes depicting the lead-up to Diana’s death, with one reportedly saying, “It feels like a line is being crossed.”
Closed-off: An old red bus with the words ‘WEDDING SPECIAL’ on the front and the year 1947 displayed on the top was parked in the areas where filming
Wartime: Set designers transformed the area to imitate wartime Britain, including posters under the Queen Victoria statue in the square and sandbags at the bottom
A source close to Prince William told the newspaper last night that they expect the Prince of Wales to be angry over Netflix’s move to reproduce his mother’s last days for entertainment purposes.
Netflix insists Diana’s death, in a car accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in central Paris, will not be recreated in the new series.
But a regular source reportedly told The Sun: “To go back to Paris and turn Diana’s final days and hours into a drama feels very uncomfortable.
The show always tried to present a fictionalized version of royal history with as much sensitivity as possible. But lately, as things get closer and closer to the present, it’s been harder to find that balance.”
The storyline in which Charles plots to evict his mother was labeled a “barrel of evil nonsense” by former Prime Minister Sir John Major as those close to the new monarch called for a boycott.
Hit show: Big names on the show weren’t featured in the scenes Monday night, instead lots of extras completed the takes
Critics argue that the show should include a warning that the “false, unfair and deeply wounding” scenes are fiction, which not all viewers realize.
Nevertheless, The Crown has confirmed that series five will air from November 9 without a disclaimer.
Meanwhile, the Queen Mother’s official biographer called the series “appalling” and “deliberately hurtful.”
Mr Shawcross, in a letter to… The Daily Telegraphsaid the program is “full of lies and half-truths wrapped in lace and velvet.”
He also accused creator Peter Morgan of organizing “a campaign to abuse the monarchy” and “destroy a vital institution through lies.”
Former culture secretary Nadine Dorries said it’s only fair that the show regularly shows such a warning, as is common with other programs.
The Tory MP added: “If a program is pure fiction, as this series from The Crown is clear, it should be clearly stated in the name of fairness and transparency.
Period Outfits: The extras wore 1940s outfits, and many wore their Sunday Best, including ball gowns for the ladies and bow ties for the men in suits
Night shots: Motorists were not allowed to drive on the Alfred Gelderstraat during the recordings and that will also be the case on Tuesday afternoon
“It’s pretty bizarre that there are people on it who are still alive today, but bound by protocol and unable to refute false impressions and made-up scenarios, knowing that many viewers would think they are real.”
Royal insiders have previously described the program as “Hollywood-scale trolling,” and it was said last night that no one has been dissuaded from that view.
But Buckingham Palace has not formally commented on the spat, as officials are believed to want to rise above the fray with dignity.
A spokesperson for the series said: “The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.
Criticism: Netflix is furious over plans to dramatize Princess Diana’s final moments before her tragic death in Paris in the new season of The Crown (Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in The Crown, season five)
Series Five is a fictional dramatization, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during an important decade for the royal family – one that has already been closely researched and well documented by journalists, biographers and historians.”
Set in the 1990s, the new series begins with Charles – then the Prince of Wales – then lobbying Prime Minister Sir John in a bizarre attempt to force the Queen’s abdication.
The prince, played by Dominic West, actively complains to the queen, who he says has no contact.
But Sir John told The Mail on Sunday the meeting fell through and the ‘inappropriate topic’ was never discussed. His office said no scene is “accurate in any way,” adding, “They are fiction, pure and simple.
“They should be seen as nothing more than harmful and malicious fiction – a ton of nonsense spread for no other reason than to provide maximum – and completely false – dramatic impact.”
In another scene, Charles says, “If we were an ordinary family and social services came to visit, they would have thrown us into care and you [the Queen] in jail.’
Although the new series was written at least a year before the Queen died and filming was completed months ago, the timing of its release could be criticized.
Sources close to the palace have said the Queen’s death just six weeks ago makes the scenes particularly painful.
Divided: The Crown has released two new posters to promote season five, following backlash against the show for blurring the lines between fact and fiction