The Crown has fascinated viewers since it began in 2016. The Netflix show gives a glimpse into the intriguing, and at times controversial, British royal family. The Crown: The Official Podcast adds another layer for viewers to enjoy.
The TV show does not claim to be an accurate portrayal of history. It is in no way a documentary. But it has allowed many viewers to expand their historical knowledge of the UK. The same is true for Edith Bowman, host of The Crown: The Official Podcast. For instance, Bowman didn't know what the 1966 Aberfan disaster was. Thanks to the show, she learned about a landslide of waste from coal mining that killed 116 kids and 28 adults. In one episode of the podcast, she goes further into the topic and talks to the head of research at The Crown. The discussion reveals the work that goes into collecting historical records. In the same episode, the host also speaks to Jason Watkins. The actor played Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Bowman learns how Watkins used his experience of losing a child in his performance.
The Crown: The Official Podcast does much more than explain the work that goes on behind the show. It explores the many differences between real-life events and their depictions on The Crown. The listeners also get to know the historical figures beyond their TV images. They learn about the royals through the actors, the creators, and the researchers. Best of all, much like the TV show, the podcast has high production value. Each episode feels like a natural extension with its immersive sound design. Bowman's masterful interviewing skills and storytelling pull the listeners even deeper. The result is as heartwarming as it is entertaining and educational.