“When you’re doing a drama based on real people, real events, you have to constantly ask yourself where you stand in truth and accuracy, and what the responsibility of that is,” The Crown creator Peter Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter.
“The good news about the royal family and about prime ministers is everybody knows where they were and when on each particular day,” Morgan continued. “There’s no mystery about it at all. But I have to join the dots. That’s where the act of imagination comes in.”
Morgan told the Drama Showrunner Roundtable, “If what you’re saying is, ‘This is a plausible emotional reality between plausible human beings,’ it then follows that what they do and say, people will think you have treated responsibly enough. But, of course, there is an act of the imagination.”
Peter Morgan has been nominated for two Academy Awards for best screenplay (Frost/Nixon, The Queen). He has also won a Golden Globe for best screenplay and received an additional Golden Globe nomination. The first two seasons of The Crown are available to stream on Netflix.
The full Emmy roundtables air every Sunday on Sundance TV beginning June 24 and on THR.com the following Monday. The full Drama Showrunner Roundtable, featuring Lena Waithe, Bruce Miller, Peter Morgan, Dan Futterman, David Shore and Courtney Kemp, airs Sunday, July 15, on Sundance TV. Tune in to THR.com/roundtables for more roundtables featuring talent from the year’s top shows.