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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Anne-Marie Duff ...  Queen Elizabeth I 4 episodes, 2006
Sienna Guillory ...  Lettice Knollys 4 episodes, 2006
Ian Hart ...  William Cecil - Lord Burghley 4 episodes, 2006
Tom Hardy ...  Robert Dudley / ... 4 episodes, 2006
Dexter Fletcher ...  Sir Thomas Radcliffe - Earl of Sussex 3 episodes, 2006
Richard Syms ...  Courtier 3 episodes, 2006
Tara Fitzgerald ...  Kat Ashley 3 episodes, 2006
Ulrich Thomsen ...  Baron Casper Breuner / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Jason Watkins ...  Christopher Hatton 3 episodes, 2006
Ben Daniels ...  Francis Walsingham 3 episodes, 2006
Nigel Martin Davey ...  Earl of Pembroke 2 episodes, 2006
Kevin McKidd ...  Duke of Norfolk 2 episodes, 2006
Rodrigo De Veccha Rodrigo De Veccha ...  Jester 2 episodes, 2006
Marcello Magni ...  Alvarez De Quadra 2 episodes, 2006
Emilia Fox ...  Amy Dudley 2 episodes, 2006
Lisa Millett ...  Mrs. Odingsell 2 episodes, 2006
Ralph Ineson ...  Dr. William Cowes 2 episodes, 2006
Ewen Bremner ...  Sir James Melville 2 episodes, 2006
Hans Matheson ...  Earl of Essex / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Joanna Griffiths Joanna Griffiths ...  Agnes 2 episodes, 2006
Siobhan Hewlett ...  Cecily 2 episodes, 2006
Geoff Bell ...  Dentist 2 episodes, 2006
Karl Theobald ...  Alsop 2 episodes, 2006
Daniel Evans ...  Robert Cecil 2 episodes, 2006
Derek Riddell ...  Sir Walter Raleigh 2 episodes, 2006
Neil Stuke ...  Francis Bacon 2 episodes, 2006
Sebastian Armesto ...  Charles Blount 2 episodes, 2006
Shaun Evans ...  Earl of Southampton 2 episodes, 2006
Simon Anderson Simon Anderson ...  Courtier 2 episodes, 2006
Gavin Brocker ...  Young Man 2 episodes, 2006
Jordy Cernik Jordy Cernik ...  Period Guard 2 episodes, 2006
Dirk Smith Dirk Smith ...  Soldier 2 episodes, 2006
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her years of triumph over the Armada; and finally her old age and her last, enigmatic relationship with her young protégé, the Earl of Essex. Written by CaptainStigmata

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | PBS [United States]

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen See more »

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GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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(4 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Quotes

Amy Dudley: [In a letter to her husband] I see now, if my life has a purpose, it is to protect you from your vanity... and the price you will pay if you fall pray to hers.
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Composed by Martin Phipps & Ruth Barrett
Published by BDI Music
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Looking at something else...
21 December 2013 | by katstapSee all my reviews

You can read the other reviews to see all the debates over the historical accuracy, the choice of Duff as Elizabeth I, and the fact that all we see are movies about Elizabeth and not other interesting choices. So I've decided to give a review on something a little different...

The costumes were pretty accurate for the time period, with some obvious differences in colour choices and the lack of abundance of embroidery (embroidery was a way for people to immediately tell how much money you had and what class you were in - sometimes the wearer would also have their family crest or symbols embroidered as well). The colours situation is just that back then, the dyes were not as stable as they are now and tended to fade quickly and were not as rich and bright as they were portrayed in here.

I have to admit, what kept me going in the second half of the series is the use of make up and effects on the actors. The aging effects were MAGNIFICENT!! While the women seemed overly done and looked like something out of Star Wars or Star Trek, the white make up they used to cover the aging had the adverse effect of aging them further. The vanity of the day is nothing short of today (minus the ability for Botox or anti-aging creams), and they believed their makeup would make them look younger, while today looking at them, it could send children running from the room in terror.

If you're looking for something to pass the time, or you happen to be a lover of period pieces, take a looksie at The Virgin Queen. Every film or television show has it's merits and downfalls, but the visual brilliance should never be overshadowed.


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