10 biggest TV returns of 2019 you need to watch out for

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The Crown season 3 production still. Photo: Netflix

The Crown

Get ready everybody, there’s a new Queen in town.

The highly anticipated third season of prestige Netflix drama The Crown will return this year – and the show will be looking to pull off something that’s largely unprecedented. Following a tremendously successful first two seasons with stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth I and her husband Prince Philip, the series will be bringing on an all new cast for season 3, aging up the actors who play the royal family to reflect the fact that the story will move into the early 1970s.

When season 3 begins, Olivia Colman, star of The Favourite and mystery series Broadchurch, will take over the role of the Queen. Outlander’s Tobias Menzies will play Philip, while Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Daniels will take over the roles of Princess Margaret and her husband, Anthony Armstrong-Jones. The show has also officially cast its younger generation, with Josh O’Connor and Emerald Fennell signing on as Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. (Sorry guys, it doesn’t look like we’ll be meeting Diana Spencer in season 3. Sigh.)

Instead, The Crown’s third season will likely cover Margaret and Tony’s divorce, as well as Elizabeth and Philip’s silver wedding anniversary. Now that the next generation is also aging up a bit, we’ll also see Charles’ official investiture as Prince of Wales (not to mention the early days of his messy love story with Camilla). So get ready for a lot of royal drama in 2019, is what we’re saying.