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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Biography | Drama



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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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Did You Know?


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 »


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: I want to be young again. I want to have my hopes again. And I want not to feel time... like a dead child in my womb.
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Follows The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) See more »

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25 November 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

One of the best mini series ever shown on television.

I am a lover of British costume drama and love that period of history and so must admit a bias

The series is written by depicting a significant event in Elizabeth's life in each episode - First as the young Elizabeth and the dangers she faced. The subsequent episodes show the early years on the throne and Elizabeth's early relationship with Dudley, her forays into the marriage game, the events surrounding Mary Queen of Scots' last days, the Spanish Armada and the last days of her reign and her relationship with Dudley's step son Essex

Unlike the movie Elizabeth, this series is highly accurate. Each time I watch the episodes I pick up more details of the research that has gone into the series. For example the costumes are based on portraits of the Queen and gowns depicted in them. The inside scenes are based on the actual make up of Tudor palaces relatively small wood panelled rooms, not large stone Gothic chambers.

Being a mini series the events of her reign can be given more depth. The actors and writers have more time to develop the characters and show the changing relationships between the characters. There is time to show the Queen's development from the young queen depicted in Elizabeth the movie to icon Elizabeth created for herself over time. The series is fascinating to watch for the transformation in each episode for the aging of the queen from the young puritanical princess, with simple clothes and no make up to the aged queen, who has to virtually put on a mask of make up to be seen in public.

The mini series shows the enduring relationships the queen maintained with Dudley and Cecil.

Glenda Jackson produces the definitive interpretation of Elizabeth, warts and all. Elizabeth was not always a "nice" woman, but she was a great queen and the series shows this.

For anyone who enjoyed Elizabeth the movie I strongly recommend that they watch this series.

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