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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Series cast summary:
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 Queen Elizabeth I (6 episodes, 1971)
Ronald Hines ...
 William Cecil (Lord Burghley) (5 episodes, 1971)
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 Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester) (3 episodes, 1971)
Stephen Murray ...
 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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 Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots / ... (2 episodes, 1971)
Peter Howell ...
 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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Also Known As:

Elzbieta, królowa Anglii  »

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Trivia

Ronlad Hines (Lord Burghley) entered his dressing room and found a human head floating in the basin. He turned it over and found it was Vivian Pickles (Mary, Queen Of Scots). It was a false head for the execution scene. It was made of surgical plastic and a make-up technician was told to keep in water in a basin closer to the set. Ronald Hines dressing room basin was the closest. 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 »

Quotes

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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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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