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Netflix has dropped the first trailer for 'The Crown', its highly anticipated 10-part drama about the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

The lavishly-produced series is the most expensive ever made for TV on a per-hour basis, with a reported production budget of around £100 million.

The series focusses on the "personal, political and deeply private world of Queen Elizabeth II's struggle to reconcile her personal life and public role."

Netflix will no doubt be buoyed by the recent success of ITV's 'Victoria', which follows the personal and public life of Queen Victoria.

'The Crown' has an all-star cast. Claire Foy stars as Liz, and former 'Doctor Who' Matt Smith as her consort, Prince Philip. John Lithgow plays Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton is the Queen Mother, and Jared Harris plays King George VI. It also stars Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary.

The trailer shows that – like in 'Victoria' – status will be an issue, with the Queen outranking her husband.

The series is written by Peter Morgan, who wrote the films 'The Queen' and 'Frost/Nixon' as well as the stage play 'The Audience' about the Queen's weekly meetings with the Prime Minister.

'The Crown' launches on Netflix on November 4th.

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