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13 February 1972 (USA) See more »
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.
Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 14)

Glenda Jackson ... Queen Elizabeth I (6 episodes, 1971)
Ronald Hines ... William Cecil (Lord Burghley) (5 episodes, 1971)

Robert Hardy ... Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester) (3 episodes, 1971)
Stephen Murray ... Walsingham (3 episodes, 1971)

John Shrapnel ... Earl of Sussex (3 episodes, 1971)

Angela Thorne ... Lettice Knollys, Lady Leicester (3 episodes, 1971)

Robin Ellis ... Robert Devereaux (Earl of Essex) (2 episodes, 1971)

Peter Jeffrey ... King Philip II of Spain (2 episodes, 1971)

Rachel Kempson ... Kat Ashley (2 episodes, 1971)

Vivian Pickles ... Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots / ... (2 episodes, 1971)
Peter Howell ... Lord Howard (2 episodes, 1971)

Series Directed by
Roderick Graham (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Writing credits
John Hale (1 episode, 1971)
Julian Mitchell (1 episode, 1971)
John Prebble (1 episode, 1971)
Ian Rodger (1 episode, 1971)
Rosemary Anne Sisson (1 episode, 1971)
Hugh Whitemore (1 episode, 1971)

Series Produced by
Roderick Graham .... producer (6 episodes, 1971)
Christopher Sarson .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1971)
Series Original Music by
David Munrow (5 episodes, 1971)
Series Film Editing by
Dan Rae (1 episode, 1971)
Series Production Design by
Richard Henry (3 episodes, 1971)
Peter Seddon (3 episodes, 1971)
Series Costume Design by
Elizabeth Waller (6 episodes, 1971)
Series Makeup Department
Dawn Alcock .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1971)
Series Sound Department
Brian Hiles .... sound (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Wright .... lighting technician (4 episodes, 1971)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Hunnisett .... costume maker (6 episodes, 1971)

Caroline Hutchings .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Oliver Elmes .... titles (1 episode, 1971)
Margaret Hare .... script editor (1 episode, 1971)

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85 min (6 episodes)
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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 »
Anachronisms: The courtyard in Elizabeth's palace contains an aviary with several Australian white cockatoos, long before any European had landed in Australia.See more »
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 crimes before you are brought to trial.
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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Accurate history coupled with superb dramatization, 25 June 2000

I recently viewed this series again as part of my research for a play I am writing about Christopher Marlowe. I am pleased to say that serious historical sources - primary sources - were consulted by all six writers. Detail after detail in all of the episodes are supported with source material. Elizabeth lived such a rich and fascinating life that the facts provide more drama than a lazy writer could ever belch out of his imagination. Sound, lively history. One of the five best programs ever on television.

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