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The Crown misses out on Netflix UK top 10 shows of 2019

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Olivia Colman as The Queen in series three of The Crown

British historical TV drama The Crown has failed to make Netflix UK’s top 10 list of most popular releases of 2019.

The streaming giant’s top 10 includes Martin Scorsese film The Irishman, Stranger Things 3 and After Life.

The list is thought to be based on the number of UK accounts that have watched at least two minutes of a title during its first 28 days on release this year.

But series three of The Crown did not make the cut, despite being nominated for a raft of Golden Globe awards.

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Peter Morgan’s third season is up for best television drama series at next week’s coveted Hollywood awards ceremony, while Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies – who play the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh – are up for best actress and actor respectively.

Helen Bonham Carter rounds off the nominations with a nod in the best supporting actress category.

She and Colman replaced Vanessa Kirkby and Claire Foy as Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, who portrayed the Royal sisters in the early part of the Queen’s reign during series one and two.

But the platform’s subscribers preferred other Netflix original TV shows including The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann, The Witcher and Sex Education,

Netflix’s top 10 most popular releases of 2019 in the UK

1. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

2. 6 Underground

3. Murder Mystery

4. The Witcher

5. The Irishman

6. After Life

7. Stranger Things 3

8. Our Planet

9. Sex Education

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UK series like Black Mirror and Top Boy also proved to more popular with UK streamers – they appeared on a second list which just included series and not films and documentaries.

Top Boy stars Ashley Walters and Kane “Kano” Robinson as drug dealers on a fictional east London estate, and was revived by Netflix on the demand of Canadian superstar Drake.

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Netflix does not usually release exact numbers.

But in July, the streamer did release the figures for the third instalment of Stranger Things after it broke the service’s record, with more than 40 million households watching the show in its first four days.

Ricky Gervais’s latest effort, After Life, however, appeared to have even more enduring appeal, and was listed as the second most popular series release this year, behind US fantasy show The Witcher.

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Ricky Gervais and the cast of After Life

Responding to the news on Monday, Gervais wrote on Twitter that he “still can’t quite believe” that his show about the emotional journey of a grieving husband and journalist, beat the latest edition of Millie Bobby Brown and co’s slick sci-fi horror series and the American psychological thriller show, You.

“What a year!” he beamed, adding an emoji of champagne glasses clinking.

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Twitter post by @rickygervais: I still can’t quite believe that #AfterLife beat things like #StrangerThings  #You. What a year ?  Image Copyright @rickygervais
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Netflix’s top 10 most popular series releases of 2019 in the UK

1. The Witcher

2. After Life

3. Stranger Things

4. Sex Education

5. The Umbrella Academy

6. You

7. Unbelievable

8. Top Boy

9. Black Mirror

10. Dirty John


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