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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Ronald Hines ...
 William Cecil (Lord Burghley) 5 episodes, 1971
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 Walsingham 3 episodes, 1971
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 Earl of Sussex 3 episodes, 1971
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 Lettice Knollys, Lady Leicester 3 episodes, 1971
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 Robert Devereaux (Earl of Essex) 2 episodes, 1971
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 King Philip II of Spain 2 episodes, 1971
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 Kat Ashley 2 episodes, 1971
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 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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Elzbieta, królowa Anglii  »

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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 »

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

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Sir Amyas Paulet: You have been brought Fotheringay to be examined by certain lords, and you are required to make answer to the grave charges that you did conspire to displace our sovereign lady Elizabeth of England, and to ruin her kingdom by the shedding of blood.
Mary Queen Scots: Does Bess acknowledge me as true kin and rightful heir to her throne?
Sir Amyas Paulet: No, ma'am. She does not.
Mary Queen Scots: Then she has no claim on me. I am no subject, Paulet, but a queen. I owe England nothing.
Sir Amyas Paulet: You would be wise, madam, to confess your grievous faults and ...
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Superb!
23 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is my all-time favorite portrayal of Elizabeth Tudor, perhaps one of the greatest women to have ever lived. Glenda Jackson acts the role so well, one begins to believe in reincarnation. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Jackson was a trained shakespearian actor, therefore, adding the glamor of shakespearian oratory to the equally impressive story of Elizabeth. Why not--since they are both integral parts of the English renaissance.

I believe this movie captures the feel of the times and the personal and political crises that Elizabeth faced, with tremendous accuracy. Historically this movie appears to be completely accurate in its factual representations, something that cannot be said for "Elizabeth and Essex" (Bette Davis) or "Elizabeth" (Cate Blanchett).

Worth watching again and again.


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