The atmosphere and intensity of the life of Elizabeth I is portrayed in a gripping and beautiful manner in this TV film, mainly due to the perfect performance by Helen Mirren, I cannot think of a better person to play Elizabeth I, she really got into the queens skin and has gotten into my 'list' of the best actresses, she was fantastic!
Jeremy Irons and Hugh Dancy also gave a great performance, I think all the actors/actresses did!
Although it was a tad gory at times, that did not matter at all as it added to the whole atmosphere.
Anyone who says this wasn't good should be hung, drawn and quartered! A masterpiece, 10/10