Elizabeth R (1971)

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When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisors know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and ... See full summary »

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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
 Queen Elizabeth I (6 episodes, 1971)
Ronald Hines ...
 William Cecil (Lord Burghley) (5 episodes, 1971)
Stephen Murray ...
 Walsingham (3 episodes, 1971)
 Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester) (3 episodes, 1971)
Angela Thorne ...
 Lettice, Lady Leicester (3 episodes, 1971)
 Earl of Sussex (3 episodes, 1971)
Robin Ellis ...
 Robert Devereaux (Earl of Essex) (2 episodes, 1971)
 Kat Ashley (2 episodes, 1971)
Peter Howell ...
 Lord Howard (2 episodes, 1971)
Peter Jeffrey ...
 King Philip II of Spain (2 episodes, 1971)
Vivian Pickles ...
 Mary, Queen of Scots (2 episodes, 1971)


When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisors 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. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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13 February 1972 (USA)  »

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Elizabeth R  »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Two hundred gowns were made specifically for the series. Some were so heavily padded that Glenda Jackson could barely bend her arms. Some were so heavy that she could only wear them while sitting. Some required weights to maintain their shape. Some were so large that Jackson found it hard to walk through doorways. See more »


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


Queen Elizabeth I: You are welcomed back to court, my Lord. You see? Your policy has triumphed. What advice would you have for me now?
Robert Dudley: I would not dare to offer you advice, my Queen.
Queen Elizabeth I: Why not?
Robert Dudley: The philosophers teach us that beauty is wisdom, and so you are the wisest woman in the world.
Queen Elizabeth I: You must not speak to me like that. It is not fit. You are a married man, and I... we will deal more honestly with each other from now on.
[Glares sharply at Dudley]
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Featured in Night of a Thousand Shows (2000) See more »

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Queen Glenda
21 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before the first episode was over I'd forgotten I was watching an actress - I felt as if I was experiencing an audience with a Queen! Glenda Jackson so inhabits the body and soul of Elizabeth I that all other interpretations of the role are diminished and it's impossible to think of anyone else in the role, even Bette Davis in her two films, PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH & ESSEX and THE VIRGIN QUEEN.

While it's perfectly true that production values have come along way since this early Masterpiece Theater effort, the writing and acting are of such high quality that you won't mind; this one certainly helped set the standards for subsequent series and performances.

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