Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
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 Elizabeth I (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Earl of Essex (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Robert Cecil (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Sir Francis Walsingham (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Lord Burghley (2 episodes, 2005)
Toby Salaman ...
 Dr Lopez (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Lady Anne (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Earl of Leicester / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
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 King James VI (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Mary Queen of Scots (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Francis Bacon (2 episodes, 2005)
Jérémie Covillault ...
 Duke of Anjou (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Southampton (2 episodes, 2005)
Erick Deshors ...
 Jean de Simier (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Sir Walter Raleigh (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Frances Walsingham (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Gifford (2 episodes, 2005)
Diana Kent ...
 Lady Essex (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Chaplain (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Judge (2 episodes, 2005)
Geoffrey Streatfeild ...
 Sir Anthony Babington (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Jesuit Priest / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Martin Savage ...
 Stubbs (2 episodes, 2005)
Anna Steel ...
 Lady in Waiting / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Sir Francis Drake (2 episodes, 2005)
Ramunas Rudokas ...
 Thomas Burghley (2 episodes, 2005)
Martin Marquez ...
 Don Bernadino de Mendoza (2 episodes, 2005)
Charles Millham ...
 Priest (2 episodes, 2005)
Mykolas Dorofejus ...
 Davison (2 episodes, 2005)
Geoffrey T. Bersey ...
 Hatton (2 episodes, 2005)
Rimantas Magdzevicius ...
 Howard of Effingham (2 episodes, 2005)
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Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.

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Elisabet I  »

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Trivia

Eddie Redmayne later appeared in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) in a different role. He was later presented with his Best Actor award by Cate Blanchett. See more »

Goofs

During the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; as Elizabeth's envoy is speaking how best to inform the Queen of the beheading; they are outside, in a courtyard. Contemporary accounts show that Mary's real execution took place indoors at Fotheringhay Castle. See more »

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Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester: [to Elizabeth] What do you imagine Monsieur will do with me after he has your hand?
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester: [faking a French accent] Shall I be Catholic?
[stronger French accent]
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester: Shall we all be Catholic?
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Referenced in RED 2 (2013) See more »

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20 December 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

... the greatest actress of our time portraying the legendary Queen Bess. And, needless to say, Mirren surpasses herself, and in all likelihood Elizabeth I, too. What a treat this series is! The historical aspects were slightly inaccurate, as they must be when 19 years are covered, but only occasionally inaccurate – and the film benevolently grants Elizabeth the faithful suitors she may never have had; Alencon seems genuinely interested in the old girl, as does Leicester, and the Essex rebellion was reduced to a spur of the moment undertaking, completely unpremeditated, so as to render the hero, the Earl of Essex, a bit purer than was the actual case.

Almost every quote we know from Elizabeth's reign (even the authentic ones) is in this admirable production. However, the film coquettishly cuts the most famous Elizabeth quote short: when Robert Cecil tells the dying queen that she must go to bed, Mirren only says: "Must?", and does not proceed to say: "Little man, 'must' is not a word to be used to princes". But the 'golden speech' is there, Elizabeth's most famous speech, marvelously punctuated by the Queen looking shrewdly at Cecil while the enthusiastic Parliament applauds, as if to say: "They bought it!"

When I browsed the cast (on IMDb, the moment I saw that the film was on), I was dismayed to find that Shakespeare was not in it, but the Bard is profusely quoted throughout the script (for instance "love is not love which alters when it alteration finds") and his beloved, long-haired patron, the Earl of Essex was truthfully revealed in his shameful betrayal of Essex when push came to shove at the trial. Even Catullus made a brief guest appearance in Latin ("Odi et amo")to set off Elizabeth's doomed love for Essex. But this will be quite enough of me exhibiting my classical education. Let it suffice that this series is an absolute must. I'll buy it as soon as it comes out for sale.


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