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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
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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]

Country:

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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£6,000,000 (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

Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: If I am exiled they will see it as proof of my guilt, I'm done for!
[Elizabeth is unmoved]
Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: All these months you kept me close you were using me. Playing with me for your own callous ends as you do all men! So long as I was married you were safe, and now I am free you spurn me! If I leave I won't return, Bess. It will be the last time you ever see me.
Queen Elizabeth I: [He turns to leave] I will have but one mistress here, and no master! Do you hear me? I will have no man rule over me!
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I've Come For Her
Composed by Martin Phipps
Vocals by "The London Bulgarian Choir"
Published by BDI Music
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Not the best of Bess
9 February 2010 | by pdwebbsiteSee all my reviews

Priming up to teach Renaissance history I've looked into just about every Elizabeth I movie around--from Bette Davis to Helen Mirren. I endured the dry Glenda Jackson series for its historical perspective, enjoyed the brief comedic overacting of Dame Dench in Shakespeare in Love, totally skipped Cate Blanchett's version due to the reviews openly praising this Hollywood take on known history.

As to this newer version, I couldn't bear to finish it, and I usually don't quit movies. The editing seemed to delight in snatches, rendering this as apatched together series of Elizabeth commercials. The lighting was dark, which didn't help. Robert Dudley was portrayed as being way too young. He should have been reserved for the Earl of Essex part. There were other aspects I didn't care for, but the Robert Dudley part needed to be more nailed down seeing how important he was to Elizabeth's reign.

Helen Mirren's version to me presents the most personable, the one that really brings out the personage of the queen. The politics in that version were more defined as well. I don't understand why the BBC thought to try and trot out another version of Elizabeth I when so many exist already. Aren't there any other monarchs worth looking into?


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