Netflix made an explainer video about British history and failed miserably

In 2014 Scotland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom, but someone should probably tell Netflix that. Oh, maybe let them know that Scotland exists too, just to be on the safe side.


In a historical explainer for Netflix's new film The King, there seems so be one glaring omission. The film stars Timothee Chamalet as King Henry the fifth of England, who was King of from 1413 until his death in 1422.

Netflix's explainer shows a "map" of "England", but there's quite a big problem with it.

In a slightly wonky and misshapen map of the UK, Netflix have labelled the island land mass only as "England". Wales wasn't officially re-established as a country until 1536, nearly a decade after King Henry's reign. But Scotland has always been a separate country from England. In fact, it wasn't until 1604 that UK became known as the UK, when King James (VI and I) became the first King of Scotland and England.

In any case, the landmass now known as Britain has never been just "England". And, err, what happened to all the Scottish Isles? Does Netflix think that the islands just appeared out of the water in the last few years?

Someone at Netflix HQ needs to go back to history class. Oh, and geography too.

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