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Elizabeth R 

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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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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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth R See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Glenda Jackson would later reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary, Queen of Scots (1971). Coincidentally, Rachel Kempson's daughter Vanessa Redgrave played the title character in that production. 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

Queen Elizabeth I: All my life, I have been shadowed by conspiracy. The axe, the dagger, the block... they are as familiar to me as spring flowers to a countryman. Fears and doubts circle my head like black crows around a corpse. Every time a new treachery is revealed, I am strangely surprised. Foolishly, I expect good in a world where men pursue evil.
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An amazing adaptation, supremely talented cast with Jackson the undoubted star.
13 May 2006 | by Tudor_roseSee all my reviews

'I pity any student forced to watch this series', remarks a reviewer of this miniseries on this website. Well, I am a student and I certainly don't concur with this statement at all: having been fascinated by Elizabeth I as a child, (first watching this in my early teens) and having now studied Elizabeth and her reign at undergraduate level, I find it no less brilliant,charming, or committed to careful detail after many many viewings. It is, in fact, a tender and very accurate portrayal of Elizabeth's life, from the young queen to the aged one, treating her life with sympathy, insight, humour, and a heady dose of power and romance. The costumes and set are excellent, and in short, for many,Glenda Jackson really - and deservedly so - *is* Elizabeth I. Long after the film has finished, her portrayal will stay with you. Don't miss out on this, whatever you do, buy it and watch it, you certainly won't regret it.


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