Elizabeth I (2005–2006)
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Approaching middle age, Queen Elizabeth is conscious that she has never produced an heir to continue her line. Her advisers see plots and treachery all around her, most of it centered ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Hooper

Writer:

Nigel Williams

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Elizabeth I
Jeremy Irons ... Earl of Leicester
Patrick Malahide ... Sir Francis Walsingham
Toby Jones ... Robert Cecil
Hugh Dancy ... Earl of Essex
Barbara Flynn ... Mary Queen of Scots
Ian McDiarmid ... Lord Burghley
Jérémie Covillault Jérémie Covillault ... Duke of Anjou
Erick Deshors Erick Deshors ... Jean de Simier
Simon Woods ... Gifford
Diana Kent Diana Kent ... Lady Essex
Toby Salaman Toby Salaman ... Dr Lopez
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Sir Anthony Babington (as Geoffrey Streatfield)
John McEnery ... Jesuit Priest
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Stubbs
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Storyline

Approaching middle age, Queen Elizabeth is conscious that she has never produced an heir to continue her line. Her advisers see plots and treachery all around her, most of it centered around her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots. Her advisers have a plan that they believe will secure the British throne and weaken their deadliest enemy, Spain. They propose that she marry the Duke of Anjou, brother to the King of France. This would preclude an alliance between France and Spain and drive a wedge through the Catholic world. She reluctantly agrees, even accepting the advice of the Earl of Leicester, a lover she had at one time banished from her court. The Duke's sudden death leads to the Franco-Spanish alliance they had feared. When the Spanish Armada is defeated England is safe but the Queen suffers a tragic personal loss. Written by garykmcd

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TV-MA
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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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(DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Redmayne played different roles in competing Elizabeth movies. In Elizabeth I (2005), he played the traitor Southampton, and in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) he played Thomas Babington. In addition, he portrayed William Stafford in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), a film about Elizabeth I's mother and aunt. See more »

Goofs

Despite the kinship of Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary, "Queen of Scots", the two of them never met face-to-face. See more »

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