If you don’t have a Netflix subscription, find a friend who does because this lavish 10-part series is a treat. It looks behind the gates of Buckingham Palace at the eventful reign of the Queen, played with a lovely mixture of vulnerability and stoicism by Claire Foy.

It begins in 1947 as the then Princess Elizabeth marries dashing Philip Mountbatten (a marvellous Matt Smith), but as the health of her father, George VI (movingly played by Jared Harris), gives concern, the ailing King gently prepares her to succeed him.

John Lithgow (Churchill) and Eileen Atkins (Queen Mary) also feature in the warts-and-all saga, which demonstrates that, despite the trappings of fame and wealth and the machinations of the court and Downing Street, the Windsors are just an ordinary family.