Finished season four of The Crown? Here’s what to watch next

Will your television habits bend, or will they break?

The fourth season of The Crown has reigned over our television viewing for the last week. Across 10 addictive episodes, Netflix's flagship drama recreats iconic moments from the late 20th century: from Margaret Thatcher's rise to power to Prince Charles and Diana Spencer tying the knot, with an entire episode set in Australia.

Emma Corrin plays Princess Diana in the hit Netflix series The Crown.

And the season's final scene – no spoilers – has left many fans wanting more. Unfortunately, The Crown isn't due back on screens until 2022 (when Australian actor Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana). With that in mind, perhaps it's time to hang up the Wellingtons, fetch a cup of tea and find another show or two that will leave one most pleased.

Diana: In Her Own Words

This National Geographic documentary, first released in 2017, is a must-see for fans of The Crown. The two-hour film is an intimate window into the Princess of Wales' troubled marriage and is narrated by Diana through a series of interviews recorded in the early 1990s.

The Crown is sometimes criticised for over-dramatising particular historical moments and fictionalising others altogether. This documentary is a good starting point for those keen to sort fact from fiction (although it should be noted that the narrative is purely Princess Di's perspective).

Diana: In Her Own Words is on Netflix.

The Great

Elle Fanning as Catherine in The Great.

If you're after a lighter watch, but still want to get a royal fix, The Great is a strong contender. The series is the latest from Oscar-nominated Australian writer Tony McNamara, who was also behind the critically-acclaimed film The Favourite. As with The Crown, The Great blends royal fact with fiction. The sets and costumes on both shows are nothing short of extraordinary. But that's where the similarities end. The Great is rompy and fast pace with lashings of dark humour in comparison to the far more earnest and stately The Crown (Helena Bonham Carter's fantastic one-liners aside). There's a lot more swearing, and a lot more sex.

The Great is on Stan. Nine, the owner of Stan, is also the owner of this masthead.


Hugh Laurie stars in Roadkill

Sometimes we forget that The Crown is as much a political drama as it is a period piece. This new British thriller sees Hugh Laurie play an ambitious politician whose personal life begins to unravel. As with The Crown, this show has no shortage of tension and formidable lines, such as this one delivered by Laurie: "Justice is not a notion … it's a department of [the] state." The former House star is convincing and his on-screen meetings with fictional prime minister Dawn Ellison (played by Helen McCrory) echo the Queen's regular catch-ups with Thatcher in The Crown's fourth season.

Roadkill is on ABC iView.


Ella Purnell in a scene from Julian Fellowes’ show Belgravia, which is set in the early 1800s.Credit:BBC First

This 2020 miniseries is from Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, who also wrote a bestselling novel of the same name. In other words, it's got all the ingredients to become the next big period piece. The show is set in the early 19th century and features English actor Harriet Walter, who played Winston Churchill's wife in a previous chapter of The Crown. The show is easy viewing thanks to just six episodes as well as a plot that hums along.

Belgravia is on Binge.

The Undoing

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman play wealthy Manhattan professionals in The Undoing.Credit:HBO/Foxtel

You might be asking yourself what a show set in contemporary New York City has to do with The Crown. Well, for starters there's wealth, intrigue, infidelity, a slow-burn plot and a slate of famous actors. The similarities are there even if the rolling English countryside has been replaced by gloomy, upper class Manhattan. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star in this tense courtroom drama directed by award-winning Danish screenwriter Susanne Bier. As Culture editor-at-large Michael Idato writes, fans of the whodunit genre "should be taking notes".

The Undoing is on Binge.

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