Meet the Subject of Netflix's Priciest Show Yet
$157M series 'The Crown' will follow Queen Elizabeth's life from 1947
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2015 10:15 AM CDT
Princess Elizabeth, now Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now Prince Philip, at London's Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony.   (AP Photo/PA/file)
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(Newser) – Sorry Downton Abbey, there's another British period drama on the scene: Queen Elizabeth II will be the subject of Netflix's upcoming show, The Crown, its priciest yet with a budget of nearly $157 million, reports the Telegraph. Flummoxed by that number? Consider that filming has required a royal wedding recreation.

Filmed in the UK, the show will reportedly portray the Queen's life from her 1947 wedding day to modern times, as well as the happenings at 10 Downing Street, over six 10-episode seasons. The tagline: "Two houses, two courts, one Crown." British actress Claire Foy will take on the royal role for at least two seasons; the show's creator is Peter Morgan, the man who penned the Helen Mirren-starring The Queen. The Crown will begin airing next year. (Read about a so-bad-that-it's-good cult hit on Netflix.)