The Crown gets five BAFTA TV nominations despite wave of criticism

The Crown: Susanna discusses Princess Diana crash scene

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The Crown has been hit with a wave of criticism after images of a replica of the mangled Mercedes from Princess Diana’s crash in Paris, which led to her death, emerged. The Netflix series has courted controversy since it first began and continues to face backlash over the handling of topics such as King Charles’ divorce from Diana, and the late Princess of Wales’ death. However, despite the criticism, the series has been nominated for five BAFTA TV Awards.

The Crown’s nominations include leading actress for Imelda Staunton playing the Queen and supporting actor for Salim Daw as Mohamed Al-Fayed.

Amy Roberts has been nominated for the Costume Design of the popular Netflix series while Celia Haining gets a nod for Editing.

The final BAFTA nod goes to the sound team on The Crown for Sound: Fiction.

The nominations come just days after images of a recreation of Princess Diana’s crash in a Paris tunnel were shared online.

A wreckage of a black Mercedes could be seen with the front of the car smashed up and the window screen cracked.

Netflix insisted in October the “exact moment of the crash impact will not be shown” when season five airs.

However, the images of the wrecked car has left many feeling uneasy, including Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid.

Speaking on Monday, the host said the photos gave her chills, commenting: “Do we need to see that car like that? As soon as I saw that just there on TV…

“It actually gives me the chills and I am not sure, they are not in a good way.”

Co-host Richard Arnold added: “It is deeply unsettling because The Crown dramatically uses broad strokes to interpret or depict scenes that went on behind closed doors in various palaces or whatever.

“But they are very forensic when it comes to the detail in depicting those events which is why it becomes all the more unsettling.

“These images, what 20 odd years ago? Are still very very fresh and we all remember where we were for example. And I do think they are very unsettling.”

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan’s wife Celia Walden has branded the series “sick” and said the S-Class Mercedes replica was “triggering”.

Writing in her Telegraph column, she said the leaked images of the car are a “mockery” of Netflix’s vow not to show the moment on screen.

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Celia added while some of the series’ previous “insensitivities” may be classed as “artist licence” she feels bosses have gone too far this time.

While The Crown has been nominated for five awards, the BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s state funeral has also been recognised.

The broadcaster’s coverage of the state funeral, including the service from Westminster Abbey and procession of the coffin through London, featured commentary from presenters including Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby, who came out of retirement for the event.

Its production team is nominated in the live event category, while the directing team is recognised in the director: multi-camera category.

The BBC was also given a nod for coverage of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which included the Party at the Palace and featured a special sketch involving the late monarch.

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