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Elizabeth I: Season 1: Episode 2 -- Part 2 of 2. HBO Films miniseries that explores the intersection of the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth I.


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22 April 2006 (USA) See more »
Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 23 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast [32])

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)

Ewen Bremner ... King James VI (2 episodes, 2005)

Barbara Flynn ... Mary Queen of Scots (2 episodes, 2005)
Will Keen ... Francis Bacon (2 episodes, 2005)
Jérémie Covillault ... Duke of Anjou (2 episodes, 2005)

Eddie Redmayne ... Southampton (2 episodes, 2005)
Erick Deshors ... Jean de Simier (2 episodes, 2005)

Ben Pullen ... Sir Walter Raleigh (2 episodes, 2005)

Charlotte Asprey ... Frances Walsingham (2 episodes, 2005)

Simon Woods ... Gifford (2 episodes, 2005)
Diana Kent ... Lady Essex (2 episodes, 2005)
Malcolm Terris ... Chaplain (2 episodes, 2005)

Douglas Reith ... Judge (2 episodes, 2005)
Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Sir Anthony Babington (2 episodes, 2005)

John McEnery ... Jesuit Priest / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Martin Savage ... Stubbs (2 episodes, 2005)
Anna Steel ... Lady in Waiting / ... (2 episodes, 2005)

David Delve ... Sir Francis Drake (2 episodes, 2005)

Ramunas Rudokas ... Thomas Burghley (2 episodes, 2005)
Martin Marquez ... Don Bernadino de Mendoza (2 episodes, 2005)
Charles Millham ... Priest (2 episodes, 2005)
Mykolas Dorofejus ... Davison (2 episodes, 2005)
Geoffrey T. Bersey ... Hatton (2 episodes, 2005)

Jamie Glover ... Richard (2 episodes, 2005)
Rimantas Magdzevicius ... Howard of Effingham (2 episodes, 2005)

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 (2 episodes, 2005)
Series Cinematography by
Larry Smith (2 episodes, 2005)
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)
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)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Iain Lawrence .... assistant director: pre-shoot rehearsals (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Julius Baratinskis .... painter (2 episodes, 2005)
Eric Olive .... props (2 episodes, 2005)

Arturas Cerkauskas .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Peter Dorme .... draughtsman (unknown episodes)
Aurelijus Gaidelionis .... assistant property master (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)

Craig Burns .... additional boom operator (unknown episodes)
Alex Ellerington .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Iain Eyre .... crowd editor (unknown episodes)
Kahl Henderson .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Martin Jensen .... assistant dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Simon Price .... adr editor (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)

Tom Cox .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Leonid Kotik .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Titas Obelenis .... lighting technician (1 episode, 2005)

Pete Cavaciuti .... camera operator: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Linas Dikcius .... assistant camera: second unit (unknown episodes)
Dmitry Gribanov .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Vytaitas Gudlevicius .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Vydmantas Plepys .... second focus puller (unknown episodes)
Bo B. Randulff .... second camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Rosie Porter .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 2005)

Dalia Vizgirdaite .... local casting (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sean Barrett .... milliner / specialty milliner (2 episodes, 2005)
Samantha Horn .... assistant costume designer (2 episodes, 2005)
Julija Mickenaite .... costume trainee (2 episodes, 2005)
Series Editorial Department
Beverley Mills .... associate editor (unknown episodes)
Dan Preston .... assistant on-line editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... music producer (2 episodes, 2005)

Steve Parr .... music mixer / music recordist (unknown episodes)
R.S.V.P. Voices .... musician: choir (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Nick Jeffries .... armourer (2 episodes, 2005)
Deryn Stafford .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2005)
Rasa Vilkaityté .... production office runner (2 episodes, 2005)
Loreta Zajarskyte .... assistant production coordinator (2 episodes, 2005)

Andzei Delnik .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
Nicki Nightingale .... prompter (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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The cast includes three Oscar winners: Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and Eddie Redmayne.See more »
Factual errors: The poem Essex is supposed to have written to Elizabeth on the day of his execution was written by Chidiock (Charles) Tichbourne (1558-1586) just before his execution for his part in the Babington plot, a conspiracy to assassinate Elizabeth.See more »
Queen Elizabeth I:Oh Robin, I'm set about by enemies and I know not who to trust.
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester:Well not France, I beg you.
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31 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
It had to be -, 20 December 2005
Author: kaaber-2 from Denmark

... the greatest actress of our time portraying the legendary Queen Bess. And, needless to say, Mirren surpasses herself, and in all likelihood Elizabeth I, too. What a treat this series is! The historical aspects were slightly inaccurate, as they must be when 19 years are covered, but only occasionally inaccurate – and the film benevolently grants Elizabeth the faithful suitors she may never have had; Alencon seems genuinely interested in the old girl, as does Leicester, and the Essex rebellion was reduced to a spur of the moment undertaking, completely unpremeditated, so as to render the hero, the Earl of Essex, a bit purer than was the actual case.

Almost every quote we know from Elizabeth's reign (even the authentic ones) is in this admirable production. However, the film coquettishly cuts the most famous Elizabeth quote short: when Robert Cecil tells the dying queen that she must go to bed, Mirren only says: "Must?", and does not proceed to say: "Little man, 'must' is not a word to be used to princes". But the 'golden speech' is there, Elizabeth's most famous speech, marvelously punctuated by the Queen looking shrewdly at Cecil while the enthusiastic Parliament applauds, as if to say: "They bought it!"

When I browsed the cast (on IMDb, the moment I saw that the film was on), I was dismayed to find that Shakespeare was not in it, but the Bard is profusely quoted throughout the script (for instance "love is not love which alters when it alteration finds") and his beloved, long-haired patron, the Earl of Essex was truthfully revealed in his shameful betrayal of Essex when push came to shove at the trial. Even Catullus made a brief guest appearance in Latin ("Odi et amo")to set off Elizabeth's doomed love for Essex. But this will be quite enough of me exhibiting my classical education. Let it suffice that this series is an absolute must. I'll buy it as soon as it comes out for sale.

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