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Elizabeth I

Episode #1.1 (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV-MA
TV Episode | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

Approaching middle age, Queen Elizabeth is conscious that she has never produced an heir to continue her line. Her advisers see plots and treachery all around her, most of it centered around her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots. Her advisers ...See moreApproaching middle age, Queen Elizabeth is conscious that she has never produced an heir to continue her line. Her advisers see plots and treachery all around her, most of it centered around her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots. Her advisers have a plan that they believe will secure the British throne and weaken their deadliest enemy, Spain. They propose that she marry the Duke of Anjou, brother to the King of France. This would preclude an alliance between France and Spain and drive a wedge through the Catholic world. She reluctantly agrees, even accepting the advice of the Earl of Leicester, a lover she had at one time banished from her court. The Duke's sudden death leads to the Franco-Spanish alliance they had feared. When the Spanish Armada is defeated England is safe but the Queen suffers a tragic personal loss. Written by garykmcd See less
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Apr 22, 2006 (United States)

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Helen Mirren
Elizabeth I Elizabeth I   See fewer
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Jeremy Irons
Earl of Leicester Earl of Leicester   See fewer
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Patrick Malahide
Sir Francis Walsingham Sir Francis Walsingham   See fewer
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Toby Jones
Robert Cecil Robert Cecil   See fewer
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Hugh Dancy
Earl of Essex Earl of Essex   See fewer
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Barbara Flynn
Mary Queen of Scots Mary Queen of Scots   See fewer
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Ian McDiarmid
Lord Burghley Lord Burghley   See fewer
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Jérémie Covillault
Duke of Anjou Duke of Anjou   See fewer
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Erick Deshors
Jean de Simier Jean de Simier   See fewer
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Simon Woods
Gifford Gifford   See fewer
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Diana Kent
Lady Essex Lady Essex   See fewer
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Toby Salaman
Dr Lopez Dr Lopez   See fewer
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Geoffrey Streatfeild
Sir Anthony Babington (as Geoffrey Streatfield) Sir Anthony Babington (as Geoffrey Streatfield)   See fewer
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John McEnery
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Martin Savage
Stubbs Stubbs   See fewer
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David Delve
Sir Francis Drake Sir Francis Drake   See fewer
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Martin Marquez
Don Bernadino de Mendoza Don Bernadino de Mendoza   See fewer
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Ann Firbank
Lady Anne Lady Anne   See fewer
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Rimantas Bagdzevicius
Howard of Effingham Howard of Effingham   See fewer
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Man with pitchfork Man with pitchfork   See fewer
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Charlotte Asprey
Frances Walsingham Frances Walsingham   See fewer
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Ewen Bremner
King James VI King James VI   See fewer
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Will Keen
Francis Bacon Francis Bacon   See fewer
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Rimantas Magdzevicius
Howard of Effingham Howard of Effingham   See fewer
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Ben Pullen
Sir Walter Raleigh (as Benjamin Pullen) Sir Walter Raleigh (as Benjamin Pullen)   See fewer
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Eddie Redmayne
Southampton Southampton   See fewer
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Thomas Burghley Thomas Burghley   See fewer
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Lady in waiting Lady in waiting   See fewer
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Chaplain Chaplain   See fewer
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Richard (uncredited) Richard (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.9 / 10 | 147 votes