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When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Glenda Jackson ...  Queen Elizabeth I 6 episodes, 1971
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ...  William Cecil (Lord Burghley) 5 episodes, 1971
Robert Hardy ...  Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester) 3 episodes, 1971
Stephen Murray ...  Walsingham 3 episodes, 1971
John Shrapnel ...  Earl of Sussex 3 episodes, 1971
Angela Thorne ...  Lettice Knollys, Lady Leicester 3 episodes, 1971
Robin Ellis ...  Robert Devereaux (Earl of Essex) 2 episodes, 1971
Peter Jeffrey ...  King Philip II of Spain 2 episodes, 1971
Rachel Kempson ...  Kat Ashley 2 episodes, 1971
Vivian Pickles ...  Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots / ... 2 episodes, 1971
Peter Howell ...  Lord Howard 2 episodes, 1971
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When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1972 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Elzbieta, królowa Anglii See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ronlad Hines (Lord Burghley) entered his dressing room and found a human head floating in the basin. He turned it over and found it was Vivian Pickles (Mary, Queen Of Scots). It was a false head for the execution scene. It was made of surgical plastic and a make-up technician was told to keep in water in a basin closer to the set. Ronald Hines dressing room basin was the closest. See more »

Goofs

The courtyard in Elizabeth's palace contains an aviary with several Australian white cockatoos, long before any European had landed in Australia. See more »

Quotes

Mary Queen Scots: Remember this, Paulet. The theatre of the world is wider than this little realm of England. And my death, should it presently occur, will blaze wide and dangerously.
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Brilliant
25 November 2000 | by brontewSee all my reviews

One of the best mini series ever shown on television.

I am a lover of British costume drama and love that period of history and so must admit a bias

The series is written by depicting a significant event in Elizabeth's life in each episode - First as the young Elizabeth and the dangers she faced. The subsequent episodes show the early years on the throne and Elizabeth's early relationship with Dudley, her forays into the marriage game, the events surrounding Mary Queen of Scots' last days, the Spanish Armada and the last days of her reign and her relationship with Dudley's step son Essex

Unlike the movie Elizabeth, this series is highly accurate. Each time I watch the episodes I pick up more details of the research that has gone into the series. For example the costumes are based on portraits of the Queen and gowns depicted in them. The inside scenes are based on the actual make up of Tudor palaces relatively small wood panelled rooms, not large stone Gothic chambers.

Being a mini series the events of her reign can be given more depth. The actors and writers have more time to develop the characters and show the changing relationships between the characters. There is time to show the Queen's development from the young queen depicted in Elizabeth the movie to icon Elizabeth created for herself over time. The series is fascinating to watch for the transformation in each episode for the aging of the queen from the young puritanical princess, with simple clothes and no make up to the aged queen, who has to virtually put on a mask of make up to be seen in public.

The mini series shows the enduring relationships the queen maintained with Dudley and Cecil.

Glenda Jackson produces the definitive interpretation of Elizabeth, warts and all. Elizabeth was not always a "nice" woman, but she was a great queen and the series shows this.

For anyone who enjoyed Elizabeth the movie I strongly recommend that they watch this series.


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