People have been grieving for the late Queen Elizabeth II is many different ways: queuing for miles to see the late monarch lying in state; laying flowers at Buckingham Palace; or just reducing the volume on supermarket checkout beeps.
For many for whom physical acts of memorial aren’t practical, Netflix’s royal saga The Crown has been a valuable surrogate. In short: people have been streaming it like gangbusters.
Streaming figures went up by a mighty 800 percent between September 9 and 11 in the UK, compared with the previous weekend’s figures, according to analysis by US tech company Whip Media.
In America, viewing quadrupled over the same period, while in France there were three times as many viewers. The Crown is also trending on Netflix Australia.
The series, which charts the Queen’s life from the late 1940s and her ascent to the throne in 1953, has been filming its fifth season, introducing Imelda Staunton as the monarch in place of Olivia Colman.
The death of the Queen is resulting in a respectful pause in filming – although whether this impacts the planned November launch date is so-far unknown.
‘The Crown is a love letter to [the Queen],’ said showrunner Peter Morgan in a statement, ‘and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.’