Masterpiece Theatre - Elizabeth I - The Virgin Queen

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Overview

The shrewd, forty-four year reign of coquettish Queen Elizabeth I is explored in vivid detail in this lavish historical drama starring Anne-Marie Duff in the title role and directed by Coky Giedroyk. Imprisoned in the Tower of London after being charged with treason and conspiracy by Queen Mary, young Elizabeth defies authority by maintaining her Protestant faith as England falls into chaos as a result of Henry VIII's historical break with the Catholic Church. Though both are bonded by blood to the oft-married ...
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Overview

The shrewd, forty-four year reign of coquettish Queen Elizabeth I is explored in vivid detail in this lavish historical drama starring Anne-Marie Duff in the title role and directed by Coky Giedroyk. Imprisoned in the Tower of London after being charged with treason and conspiracy by Queen Mary, young Elizabeth defies authority by maintaining her Protestant faith as England falls into chaos as a result of Henry VIII's historical break with the Catholic Church. Though both are bonded by blood to the oft-married Henry VIII, Elizabeth and Mary's stubborn wills clash when the Mary vows to reunite with Rome and the unbreakable Elizabeth makes the potentially fatal decision not to bend to Catholic pressure. Unexpectedly thrust into the throne following Mary's untimely death, Elizabeth struggles to maintain control of a religiously divided nation as numerous enemies conspire against her and the pressures of a politically advantageous marriage become too powerful to resist. With every eligible bachelor in the land vying for her hand in marriage, Elizabeth offers nothing but rejection as she pines for the companionship of her handsome childhood friend Robert Dudley.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Access to the Masterpiece Theater web site; Scene selection; Closed captions and Described Video for the visually impaired
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Airing in the U.S. on the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre over two weeks in November 2005, this BBC1 production of The Virgin Queen is notable for its lavish period costumes and attention to historic detail. Written by Paula Milne, the sweeping series stars Ann-Marie Duff The Magdalene Sisters as Elizabeth I, England’s queen from 1558 to 1603. As the miniseries begins, Queen Mary I Joanne Whalley holds the throne and does everything in her power to undermine support for Elizabeth, including locking her in the Tower of London. The queen eventually dies, and Elizabeth -- with her loyal adviser William Cecil Ian Hart and childhood friend Robert Dudley Tom Hardy backing her -- claims the crown. The remaining episodes explore the tumultuous life of one of England's most famous monarchs, from her unfortunate relationships and struggles to bear an heir to the triumphs and failures of her 44-year reign.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • UPC: 783421405592
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 3:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,397

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne-Marie Duff Queen Elizabeth
Tom Hardy Lord Leicester
Hans Matheson Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex
Ian Hart
Dexter Fletcher
Kevin McKidd
Daniel Evans
Joanne Whalley
Sienna Guillory
Sebastian Armesto Charles Blount
Technical Credits
Coky Giedroyc Director
Justin Bodle Executive Producer
Simon Curtis Executive Producer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Laura Mackie Executive Producer
Paula Milne Screenwriter
David Odd Cinematographer
Martin Phipps Score Composer
Paul Rutman Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masterpiece Theatre: Elizabeth I - The Virgin Queen
1. A Head for Politics [:27]
2. Restless Sleep [10:48]
3. Much Suspected, Nothing Proved [15:55]
4. The Buzzards Descend [14:41]
5. Coronation Day [12:14]
6. Proposals to Consider [10:24]
7. The Price of Vanity [12:47]
8. One Sun in the Universe [12:44]
9. For Queen and County [9:49]
Disc #2 -- Masterpiece Theatre: Elizabeth I - The Virgin Queen
1. Intrigue at Court [:27]
2. A Poor Exchange [9:20]
3. A Dead Woman Biteth Not [12:57]
4. A Famous Victory [15:08]
5. His Last Letter [13:09]
6. Every Dog Has His Day [5:44]
7. A Mother's Love [12:21]
8. Essex the Fool [14:23]
9. God Save the Queen [13:55]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    That is the only way to describe this mini-series. Ann Marie Duff as Elizabeth is breathtaking and passionate. Tom Hardy captures the essennce that is Robert Dudley. It was a sigh of relief to see this time in history finally done correctly and given its proper due. If you are looking to find a good watch and get a very good rendition of Elizabethean England this is the mini-series for you. After all, no one does it like the BBC can.

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