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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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BBC [UK] | PBS [United States]

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UK

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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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1.78 : 1
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[rallying her troops to fight the Spanish]
Queen Elizabeth I: I know that I have the body of a weak and feeble woman. But I have the heart and stomach of a king - and a king of England, too. And I think foul scorn that Spain or any prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm. To which, rather than face that dishonour, I will myself take up arms beside you. I will be your general and your rewarder for your virtues in the field. We know that you already deserve rewards and crowns, and we do assure...
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God Breathed
Composed by Martin Phipps
Sung by Dessislava Stefanova & Eugenia Georgieva with "The London Bulgarian Choir"
Published by BDI Music
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Makes the Elizabeth of History Gloriously Human--Early Half is Best.
16 January 2008 | by kayaker36See all my reviews

This is well plowed ground. For years the role of England's Elizabeth I was owned by Glenda Jackson. Australian Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren and now Anne-Marie Duff have essayed in the last ten years to portray Gloriana on the screen.

This version is more watchable, more accessible, more **alive** than any before.

Glenda Jackson was too sour and too butch--attended by a fawning and effeminate Dudley. Jeremy Irons looked like he had risen from the grave playing Robert Dudley to Helen Mirren's Elizabeth in that BBC production focusing on her middle years. Horrid is the only word to describe Ms. Mirren's appearance. The Cate Blanchett movie version tries to portray Elizabeth as a kind of early feminist--a concept that would not exist for many centuries. Dudley is squeezed into a tiny corner and hardly is a presence at all.

This production adopts as its center the long relationship between Elizabeth and Dudley. As "Robbie" Dudley, handsome, boyish Tom Hardy has swagger and sex appeal. He is not the least bit intimidated by his childhood playmate "Bess" now being the Queen. In one of this production's many telling moments, he is seen stroking the royal neck discreetly but not furtively even as Elizabeth receives the ambassador of the King of Spain. Agreed, Dudley seems to age little compared to Elizabeth, who gets older in appearance if not in demeanor. The relationship is accordingly more credible in the early parts of the series when both are in their twenties.

A few nitpicking pedants have pointed up some historical inaccuracies of a very minor nature. They in no way detract from the impact of this splendid version of history with its colorful sets, fine costumes, excellent acting and unforgettable musical score.


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