Apparently there is so little going on in that UK that its Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has taken to weighing in on The Crown, Netflix's wildly popular drama series about the British Royal Family. The show's hotly anticipated fourth season dropped earlier this month.
Dowden reckons the Netflix show should include a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode explaining the show is "not fact", and look, it's pretty funny. "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," Dowden reportedly said. "Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact," he continued. For god's sake Oliver, get a grip.
The fourth season of the crown hones in on the '70s and '80s, including the reign of Margaret Thatcher and of course, Prince Charles' marriage to Diana Spencer (aka Princess Diana).
Mr Dowden plans to "write a letter" to Netflix. Sir, are you from the past?
As you can imagine, viewers of The Crown were shocked and appalled to learn it is in fact a TV show. "Absolutely seething this morning to discover that The Crown isn't a fly-on-the-wall documentary," wrote one commenter. "Thanks Netflix."
Another teased: "I've just watched this incredible documentary about the royal family. I've no idea how they gained such unprecedented intimate access to all concerned but it's amazing. Check it out."
Honestly, this is starting to make sense. I could've sworn I saw the Queen in Broadchurch.
The show's latest season also got former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter's back up (of course that is his real name). The 80-year-old apparently told the BBC it was "stretching dramatic license to the extreme."
"It's a hatchet job on Prince Charles and a bit of a hatchet job on Diana," he said. "You have to ask, is it necessary?"
Yes indeed. One could ask the same of the British royal family itself!
Heh. We're all having fun.
By the way, those of you still reeling from the news: do not panic. We put together a fun list of real-life Royals content for you to inbibe after binging the fake version, so you can get your FACTS straight. My god. The things we do for UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
UPDATE 8th December 2020: We can only assume that Netflix read our article, given the statement they released over the weekend. "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," the statement reads.
"As a result we have no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer." Oh. Why not send the letter anyway, Oliver? I'm sure it's very good.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her at @purpletank