The Queen’s English

Fans of The Crown can’t wait for season three, airing this Sunday. How do producers get those accents right? This fascinating video goes behind the scenes to explain how we can all learn to say “hem” rather than “ham” and speak like a queen.

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Activities

  1. As a class, choose an extract from a newspaper or a book. Now watch the video and take it in turns to read aloud as if you were the British monarch. Vote on who was best.
  2. Write a short piece about your own accent. What makes it interesting, different and special? And what do you think it says about you?