The Queen and Billy Graham

This article first appeared on Christian Today 

Like my colleague Joseph Hartropp, I love the Netflix drama The Crown. It’s big budget, beautifully produced and the dialogue and plot are West Wing sharp. None more so than in episode six of season two, which features the relationship between the young Queen Elizabeth and the American evangelist Billy Graham, on his first visit to the UK in 1954. It was a fascinating insight into the UK at that time and the lives of both the Queen and the evangelist – bearing in mind that the dialogue, though based on historical events, was of course made up.

The Crown
Alex Bailey/ Courtesy of Netflix

We open with the Queen Mother and the Queen sitting watching Billy Graham on the black and white TV from Harringay. The ensuing dialogue begins with the Queen Mother.

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