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Elizabeth R 

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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Glenda Jackson ...  Queen Elizabeth I 6 episodes, 1971
Ronald Hines 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
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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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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth R See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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

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 ...
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Outstanding biography of Elizabeth I
25 March 2002 | by dirkgambitSee all my reviews

"Elizabeth R" is an outstanding biography of Elizabeth I of England. The performances by all of the actors, most notably the fantastic performance by Glenda Jackson in the title role, are all exemplary. After reading Alison Weir's excellent and detailed biography of Elizabeth and then watching the series again, I could see how accurate the series was and how much of Elizabeth's life they were able to cover in detail. (I would recommend anyone who has enjoyed watching "Elizabeth R" to read Weir's biography). Also, the series is a good follow up of the (also excellent) series "The Six Wives of Henry VIII". Some actors cross over from one series to the next in the same roles, giving a sense of continuity. Anyone who has an interest in the history of England's monarchy should enjoy this incredible series.


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