Episode 1: 'Gold Stick' With Shane Coleman Image

Episode 1: 'Gold Stick' With Shane Coleman

16 November - 26 mins
Podcast Series The Crown Cast with Ciara Kelly

Ciara Kelly is joined by her Newstalk Breakfast co-host Shane Coleman to review Episode 1 of Season 4 of 'The Crown.'

Prince Charles meets Lady Diana Spencer while waiting to go riding with her elder sister. The Conservatives win the 1979 election, making Margaret Thatcher Britain’s first female Prime Minister. Charles continues to see Camilla, who is now married. Lord Mountbatten and two children, including Lord Mountbatten's grandson, are murdered by an IRA bomb planted on his fishing boat. Travelling home from a fishing holiday in Iceland, Charles receives Mountbatten’s letter criticising his affair with Camilla, and urging him to find a suitable wife. Thatcher promises to defeat the IRA...

26 mins

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EPISODE 5: "Fagan" with Jess Kelly & Henry McKean

EPISODE 5: "Fagan" with Jess Kelly & Henry McKean

Ciara Kelly reviews The Crown Season 4 Episode 5 with Jess Kelly and Henry McKean.   Thatcher tells the Queen about the recapture of the Falklands. Meanwhile, unemployment is rising, and Michael Fagan goes to see his MP to complain about the economy and the money spent on the war. The MP sarcastically suggests he should raise his concerns with the Queen. Fagan’s life contrasts with that of the Queen - his cramped rundown squalor of a high-rise council estate, and the spacious luxury and wealth of the Palace. One evening, Fagan climbs over the palace railings. Inside, he is spotted but makes his escape. After being denied contact with his children by social services, he returns and breaks into the palace again, finding the Queen in her bedroom. Fagan talks with the Queen and asks her to save the country from the PM. After Thatcher and the Queen discuss their different social outlooks, the PM leaves to attend the Falklands victory parade.

26 mins

24 November Finished

EPISODE 4: "Favourites" with Kieran Cuddihy

EPISODE 4: "Favourites" with Kieran Cuddihy

Ciara Kelly and Kieran Cuddihy review the fourth episode of Season 4 of The Crown. The Queen meets Thatcher and criticises the state of the economy. Thatcher gets emotional about her son, who is missing while competing in the 1982 Paris–Dakar Rally. Philip and Elizabeth discuss favourite children; Philip says he favours Anne, but won't say who he thinks is hers. Elizabeth has her secretary arrange for her to meet each of her children separately and give her details of their likes and dislikes so that she should not appear remote to them. Each of her children expresses dissatisfaction with their lives and reveals information Elizabeth did not know. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands, and Thatcher demands action to recover them. Mark Thatcher is found in Algeria. Diana is pregnant, and her relationship with Charles has deteriorated. He tells Elizabeth that he is still in regular contact with Camilla. Elizabeth shares her concern about their children's lives with Philip.

29 mins

23 November Finished

EPISODE 3: "Fairytale" with John Duggan

EPISODE 3: "Fairytale" with John Duggan

Charles proposes to Diana, and she accepts. Diana moves from her London flatshare into the palace, amid a media frenzy. She is tutored in the ways of the palace by her grandmother, and suffers repeated episodes of an eating disorder. While Charles is abroad, she meets Camilla for lunch, and realises that she hardly knows Charles at all, while Camilla knows every detail of their relationship. Distressed, she thinks of calling the marriage off. Meanwhile Charles returns from his trip and sees Camilla before returning home; he tells Diana he had visited her to end their relationship. Margaret tells the Queen that the marriage will be a mistake, but Philip argues that Charles will grow to love Diana. The Queen tells Charles to focus on his duty, and happiness will follow. The marriage goes ahead amid huge public celebrations.

27 mins

20 November Finished

EPISODE 2: 'The Balmoral Test' with Andrea Gilligan

EPISODE 2: 'The Balmoral Test' with Andrea Gilligan

In this episode, Ciara Kelly and Andrea Gilligan discuss how PM Thatcher pushes through significant spending cuts in her first Budget, against opposition from some colleagues. The Thatchers spend an awkward weekend with the Royal Family at Balmoral, and take a dislike to them. Charles continues to confide in Camilla; she encourages him to pursue Diana. Diana is invited to Balmoral and makes a good impression on the family, who push Charles to think about marrying her, despite his reservations. Mrs Thatcher reshuffles her Cabinet to dismiss her opponents.

30 mins

18 November Finished

RECAP: Season 1 to 3 with John Fardy

RECAP: Season 1 to 3 with John Fardy

In this episode Ciara Kelly is joined by Newstalk's John Fardy to give a recap on seasons 1 to 3 of The Crown, so viewers can be up to speed with everything that's going on in the House of Windsor before season 4 arrives on Netflix this Sunday. The series traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 through to the present day. The fourth season covers the period between 1977 and 1990, introduces Lady Diana Spencer and is set during Margaret Thatcher's premiership, and will introduce Prince William and Prince Harry.  Subscribe and hit play to hear Ciara dissect the inner workings of the Royal Family with some of her Newstalk pals.

25 mins

16 November Finished

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