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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
22 April 2006 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
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Awards:
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 20 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 11)

Helen Mirren ... Elizabeth I (2 episodes, 2005)

Hugh Dancy ... Earl of Essex (2 episodes, 2005)

Toby Jones ... Robert Cecil (2 episodes, 2005)

Patrick Malahide ... Sir Francis Walsingham (2 episodes, 2005)

Ian McDiarmid ... Lord Burghley (2 episodes, 2005)
Toby Salaman ... Dr Lopez (2 episodes, 2005)
Ann Firbank ... Lady Anne (2 episodes, 2005)

Jeremy Irons ... Earl of Leicester / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
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Series Directed by
Tom Hooper (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Writing credits
Nigel Williams (2 episodes, 2005)

Series Produced by
George Faber .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2005)
Suzan Harrison .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2005)
Charles Pattinson .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2005)
Barney Reisz .... producer (2 episodes, 2005)
Gary Tuck .... line producer (2 episodes, 2005)
Nigel Williams .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Original Music by
Rob Lane (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Larry Smith (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Beverley Mills (1 episode, 2005)
Melanie Oliver (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Casting by
Doreen Jones (2 episodes, 2005)
Arturas Zukauskas (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Production Design by
Eve Stewart (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Art Direction by
Leon McCarthy (2 episodes, 2005)

Mike Houseman (unknown episodes)
Galius Klicius (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Sarah Whittle (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Costume Design by
Mike O'Neill (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Makeup Department
Laura Kreivyte .... hair stylist: extras / makeup artist: extras (2 episodes, 2005)
Josh Weston .... special makeup effects artist (2 episodes, 2005)

Jan Hope-Kavanagh .... hair stylist / makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Gemma Richards .... hair stylist / makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Phil Brown .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Arturas Dvinelis .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rita Clifford .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Tatjana Jakovleva .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Iain Lawrence .... assistant director: pre-shoot rehearsals (unknown episodes)
Boris Taskov .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Julius Baratinskis .... painter (2 episodes, 2005)

John Allenby .... props master (unknown episodes)
Arturas Cerkauskas .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Peter Dorme .... draughtsman (unknown episodes)
Jason Lee Etienne .... art department assistant (unknown episodes)
Aurelijus Gaidelionis .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Arturas Kmitas .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Mindaugas Marcenas .... stand-by art director (unknown episodes)
Gintas Matonis .... construction manager (unknown episodes)
Jim McCarthy .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Ramunas Rastauskas .... property master (unknown episodes)
Stuart Sinclair .... supervising painter (unknown episodes)
Sarune Tautvaisaite .... stand-by art director (unknown episodes)
Sandra Urbonaite .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... foley recordist & editor (2 episodes, 2005)
Lee Walpole .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2005)

Marius Blazys .... sound assistant (unknown episodes)
Craig Burns .... additional boom operator (unknown episodes)
Lee Crichlow .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Alex Ellerington .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Iain Eyre .... crowd editor (unknown episodes)
Graham Headicar .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Kahl Henderson .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Martin Jensen .... assistant dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Becki Ponting .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Simon Price .... adr editor (unknown episodes)
Andre Schmidt .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Graham Smith .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Darius Cicenas .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Russell Horth .... lead compositor (2 episodes, 2005)

Richard Baker .... digital compositor: The Mill (unknown episodes)
David A.T. Bowman .... visual effects supervisor: Mill TV (unknown episodes)
Astrid Busser-Casas .... digital compositor: The Mill (unknown episodes)
Melissa Butler Adams .... digital compositor: The Mill (unknown episodes)
Loraine Cooper .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
James D. Etherington .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Ilyas Kaduji .... digital matte painter / head 3D artist (unknown episodes)
Jimmy Kiddell .... visual effects concept designer: Mill TV (unknown episodes)
Nicola Kingham .... visual effects producer: Mill TV (unknown episodes)
Gurel Mehmet .... lead digital matte painter: Mill TV (unknown episodes)
Stuart Partridge .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Jenna Powell .... visual effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Bo B. Randulff .... visual effects director of photography (unknown episodes)
Adrian Russell .... digital matte painter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Arturas Nemanis .... horse trainer (2 episodes, 2005)
Ruta Nemanyte .... stunt rider (2 episodes, 2005)
Andrej Riabokon .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2005)

Stanislav Adamickij .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tom Cox .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Tomas Ereminas .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Saulius Janaviciu .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Leonid Kotik .... stunt double / stunts (unknown episodes)
Gerard Naprous .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Slava Samuchov .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jonas Tamulevigius .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Feliksas Abrukauskas .... clapper loader (unknown episodes)
Craig Bloor .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Egidijus Braziunas .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Pete Cavaciuti .... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Linas Dikcius .... assistant camera: second unit (unknown episodes)
Dmitrij Gribanov .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Vytaitas Gudlevicius .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Antanas Jueys .... camera loader (unknown episodes)
Giles Keyte .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Vidmantas Kralikauskas .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Vydmantas Plepys .... second focus puller (unknown episodes)
Bo B. Randulff .... second camera operator (unknown episodes)
Rokas Rudzionis .... grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Rosie Porter .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 2005)

Sylvie Brocheré .... casting: France (unknown episodes)
Dalia Vizgirdaite .... local casting (unknown episodes)
Arturas Zukauskas .... local casting (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Samantha Horn .... assistant costume designer (2 episodes, 2005)
Julija Mickenaite .... costume trainee (2 episodes, 2005)
Alex Fordham .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 2005)
Daiga Vaitkeviciute .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Editorial Department
Simon Brasse .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Beverley Mills .... associate editor (unknown episodes)
Dan Preston .... assistant on-line editor (unknown episodes)
Adam Scott .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Jamie Shemeld .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... music producer (2 episodes, 2005)

Cool Music .... musician (unknown episodes)
Steve Parr .... music mixer / music recordist (unknown episodes)
R.S.V.P. Voices .... musician: choir (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Inga Zavoronok .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Nick Jeffries .... armourer (2 episodes, 2005)

Andra Barbuica .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Peter Barker .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Christine Buttner .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Andzei Delnik .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
Jane Gibson .... choreographer (unknown episodes)
Darius Jarasunas .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Daniel Naprous .... horse master (unknown episodes)
Arturas Nemanis .... horse wrangler (unknown episodes)
Nicki Nightingale .... prompter (unknown episodes)
Eve Petcher .... production coordinator: UK (unknown episodes)
Janine Shalom .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Deryn Stafford .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Rasa Vilkaityté .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
Jack Williams .... script editor (unknown episodes)
Nathan Woods .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Loreta Zajarskyte .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Ruta Zilinskaite .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Simon Thurley .... special thanks (unknown episodes)
 

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223 min (2 parts)
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Goofs:
Continuity: When Elizabeth visits Mary Queen of Scots, Mary is wearing a large crucifix and chain. A few moments later, Mary's crucifix has vanished from her chain. When Elizabeth leaves, the long shot shows the crucifix has returned.See more »
Quotes:
Sir Francis Walsingham:I think the French make better acquaintances than friends.See more »
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39 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Bravo! Brava!, 27 May 2006
Author: Christopher T. Chase (cchase@onebox.com) from Arlington, VA.

The story of Elizabeth I's reign is one that has been told so often, you'd think it would be extremely difficult to bring any kind of freshness to it, but damn it all if the producers of this beautifully mounted version from Channel 4 haven't managed to find a way! I'm not familiar with the work of screenwriter Nigel Williams or director Tom Hooper, but I will most definitely be watching for their names in the future. Both have done quality work here; the kind you'd expect from a Merchant/Ivory film or a lavish Hollywood production.

But I daresay that Hollywood should turn green with envy at the production values shown here; everything from the sets to the most minute details of the costuming is top-notch. But where ELIZABETH I really excels is in its casting.

Helen Mirren, in my not so humble opinion, has been sorely deprived of the full measure of accolades she has been due for decades. When someone like Meryl Streep can't sing your praises enough, you have got to be beyond good and Helen most definitely is. Granted, actresses of such renown as Bette Davis, Glenda Jackson and Dame Judi Dench have all brought their unique interpretations to this role, and until now the best of the crop was Cate Blanchett, who showed us a younger and more winsome version of the woman who became known as the Virgin Queen.

But here, Williams' script brings out both the softness and the steel of the woman behind the throne, and Mirren throws herself into the role as if it were her last. Every color of mood is on display here, and I will be completely baffled if she doesn't win so many awards for this role that she'll need help to carry them all.

And matching wit for wit and word for word is another underestimated actor, Jeremy Irons as the Earl of Leichester. Irons has excelled always at anything he plays, be it vile villains or charming rakes, and in the Earl he has found a way to play the best of both worlds - a robust rapscallion not beneath dalliances with other women of the court, but whose heart truly does belong to the one woman who would always be his better, other half...but never his lover or his wife. The intricate dance of endearment and desire between him and Mirren is so wonderful and intense, it's hard to believe that this is their first time working together, and hopefully not the last.

And not enough can be said about the supporting cast, which includes Patrick Malahide as Sir Frances Walsingham (played by Geoffrey Rush in the Cate Blanchett version), Toby Jones as Robert Cecil, the plain-looking but cunningly resourceful son of Lord Burghley and his logical successor, and Ian McDiarmid as William Cecil, a.k.a. Lord Burghley, showing us that there is truly life after the Emperor Palpatine. These trusted advisers were both unerringly defending and covertly condescending of their queen, making damn sure that they did their jobs to the best of their ability, but always subtly reminding her with the arch of an eyebrow or the inflection of a phrase that no matter how regal, "Bess" is still a woman living in a man's world.

And for eye candy, the beautiful Hugh Dancy as the impetuous and headstrong Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex. One look at him and it's not difficult to understand why Elizabeth would become involved in an affair with a man half her age. And I say bravo for her good taste! It's to Dancy's credit that the Earl becomes much more than just another pretty face, but a man struggling to establish himself as such while in the grip of Bess's grasp of iron and velvet...a bond he both desires and rebels against, letting his exuberance, ambition, vanity and hot-headed pride ultimately become his undoing. He proves the point that everyone realizes even more so these days as the cult of celebrity holds sway over all: the beautiful people are always the most favored, but with the spoils comes a heavy price.

A word of caution, though: be advised that when it comes to depictions of violence that took place in this period, most other productions 'tastefully' avoided showing too much graphic detail. This version has no such pretensions. The realism of the depictions of the characters extends to the situations which very often warranted the bloody torture and deaths of others, and you will see it all depicted here in full strength, including the beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots, which may leave you open-mouthed with its stunning savagery. (The drawing and quartering of Elizabeth's would-be assassins will stick with you as well).

If you are a fan of historical dramas or just really great acting, this is a definite must-see. With programs like CARNIVALE, ROME and DEADWOOD, HBO has long prided itself on presenting outstanding period pieces. It's good to know that the tradition continues, especially when network television continues to deliver such cheesefests as THE TEN COMMANDMENTS remake and call them "good."

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