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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Anne-Marie Duff ...  Queen Elizabeth I 4 episodes, 2006
Sienna Guillory ...  Lettice Knollys 4 episodes, 2006
Ian Hart ...  William Cecil - Lord Burghley 4 episodes, 2006
Tom Hardy ...  Robert Dudley / ... 4 episodes, 2006
Dexter Fletcher ...  Sir Thomas Radcliffe - Earl of Sussex 3 episodes, 2006
Richard Syms ...  Courtier 3 episodes, 2006
Tara Fitzgerald ...  Kat Ashley 3 episodes, 2006
Ulrich Thomsen ...  Baron Casper Breuner / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Jason Watkins ...  Christopher Hatton 3 episodes, 2006
Ben Daniels ...  Francis Walsingham 3 episodes, 2006
Nigel Martin Davey ...  Earl of Pembroke 2 episodes, 2006
Kevin McKidd ...  Duke of Norfolk 2 episodes, 2006
Rodrigo De Veccha Rodrigo De Veccha ...  Jester 2 episodes, 2006
Marcello Magni ...  Alvarez De Quadra 2 episodes, 2006
Emilia Fox ...  Amy Dudley 2 episodes, 2006
Lisa Millett ...  Mrs. Odingsell 2 episodes, 2006
Ralph Ineson ...  Dr. William Cowes 2 episodes, 2006
Ewen Bremner ...  Sir James Melville 2 episodes, 2006
Hans Matheson ...  Earl of Essex / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Joanna Griffiths Joanna Griffiths ...  Agnes 2 episodes, 2006
Siobhan Hewlett ...  Cecily 2 episodes, 2006
Geoff Bell ...  Dentist 2 episodes, 2006
Karl Theobald ...  Alsop 2 episodes, 2006
Daniel Evans ...  Robert Cecil 2 episodes, 2006
Derek Riddell ...  Sir Walter Raleigh 2 episodes, 2006
Neil Stuke ...  Francis Bacon 2 episodes, 2006
Sebastian Armesto ...  Charles Blount 2 episodes, 2006
Shaun Evans ...  Earl of Southampton 2 episodes, 2006
Simon Anderson Simon Anderson ...  Courtier 2 episodes, 2006
Gavin Brocker ...  Young Man 2 episodes, 2006
Jordy Cernik Jordy Cernik ...  Period Guard 2 episodes, 2006
Dirk Smith Dirk Smith ...  Soldier 2 episodes, 2006
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her years of triumph over the Armada; and finally her old age and her last, enigmatic relationship with her young protégé, the Earl of Essex. Written by CaptainStigmata

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen See more »

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£6,000,000 (estimated)
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(4 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: Hadn't you as a child vowed never to take a husband? Dear God, after what happened to your mother, who can blame you? Would you forego a chance at motherhood, Bess, for the sake of a childish vow?
Queen Elizabeth I: It's not only men who can be corrupted by power. An heir can be as much a threat as a comfort in that.
Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: But the love of a man is hardly that of a child.
Queen Elizabeth I: It can be as fickle.
Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: As can a woman's.
Queen Elizabeth I: But a woman ruler is not as other women, is she? Like the coin that bears her image there are two sides to her....
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The Virgin Queen
Composed by Martin Phipps
Sung by Mediaeval Baebes feat Katharine Blake
Published by BDI Music
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Duff shines as Elizabeth
5 November 2010 | by parsifalssisterSee all my reviews

Another version of a Tudor, Elizabeth I, the Gloriana, done up quite splendidly by the BBC.

The strongest aspect, as I viewed it, was neither the story, the costumes or the scenes, but the bold performance of Anne Marie Duff. She glows as a young Elizabeth, and displays strength and vanity as her aging self. Yes, the make-up could have been better, or as one suggested an alternate older actress, but the pace of Duff's performance was incrementally finer, than finer still, as she reached deeper into her character. And if one seeks out a miniature of the Queen, one sees a remarkable resemblance between the Queen and the actress.

Dudley, portrayed by Hardy, was a good foil; his perhaps son, but certainly step son, Essex portrayed by Hans Matheson, were interestingly cast, not so much by the actors but rather for the dramatic interpretation brought to each character. It is only bested by the old Bette Davis version of Elizabeth and Essex in spotlighting how the Virgin Queen sought male affection, but rebuffed any control but her own.

What burden the Queen, a bastard, a princess, and then a monarch must have endured in her private life, a life often dismissed for her political reign, or exaggerated for her fancy of her childhood friend, Robbie.

A most worthy addition to the pantheon of Tudor drama.


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