Elizabeth R

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  • TV-14
  • 1971
  • Season 1
  • 7.6 (1,733)

Elizabeth R is a historical drama television series first broadcast on BBC America in 1971 and presents an in-depth portrayal of Tudor queen, Elizabeth I's life and reign as Tudor queen. Glenda Jackson stars as Elizabeth, while other well-known actors like Ronald Hines, Robert Hardy and Vivian Pickles co-star alongside her.

Elizabeth R's story spans across six episodes, each lasting an hour long. Episode one "The Lion's Cub" details Elizabeth's early life before ascending the throne following Mary I's death; while episode two, "The Marriage Game", explores Elizabeth's challenges associated with suitors and political intrigue surrounding potential marriage proposals.

The third episode, "Shadow in the Sun," explores assassination plots against Queen Victoria as she faced threats from enemies and assassins. Meanwhile, episode four entitled "Horrible Conspiracies" takes viewers through Babington Plot and its eventual execution by Mary Queen of Scots.

In "The Enterprise of England", Elizabeth finds herself facing another daunting challenge as Spain launches their Spanish Armada against Britain and puts her skills and leadership under strain once more. Elizabeth then contemplates on what legacy will remain when "Sweet England's Pride" plays out as the series comes full circle and depicts this reflection with poignancy.

What distinguishes Elizabeth R as an exceptional television series is how it brings the Tudor period alive on screen. Thanks to a cast of highly talented actors who bring each character alive with depth and nuance, watching Elizabeth R is like experiencing Elizabeth I herself all over again!

Glenda Jackson's performance of Queen is mesmerising. Her portrayal is both powerful and poignant; she successfully channels the essence of Queen character perfectly. Additionally, Jackson is supported by an outstanding supporting cast who provide performances which perfectly enhance Jackson's portrayal.

Overall, Elizabeth R is an outstanding historical drama which will enthrall and engage its viewers. It depicts one of England's most influential monarchs with extreme care and attention. A must watch show for history buffs as well as those interested in great storytelling!

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Episodes List
The Marriage Game
1. The Marriage Game
December 30, 2023
In the early days of her reign, the most pressing issue for Elizabeth -- at least according to Parliament -- is her need to produce an heir to the throne. A complicated romance and a near-fatal bout of smallpox only serve to raise the stakes. .
Shadow in the Sun
2. Shadow in the Sun
December 30, 2023
Elizabeth meets her most eligible suitor. .
Horrible Conspiracies
3. Horrible Conspiracies
September 13, 2022
Despite a harsh attack against conspiring Roman Catholics, Mary inspires a valiant attempt to overthrow Elizabeth. .
The Enterprise of England
4. The Enterprise of England
August 7, 2020
King Philip II of Spain is eager to avenge the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. .
Description

Elizabeth R is a historical drama television series first broadcast on BBC America in 1971 and presents an in-depth portrayal of Tudor queen, Elizabeth I's life and reign as Tudor queen. Glenda Jackson stars as Elizabeth, while other well-known actors like Ronald Hines, Robert Hardy and Vivian Pickles co-star alongside her.

Elizabeth R's story spans across six episodes, each lasting an hour long. Episode one "The Lion's Cub" details Elizabeth's early life before ascending the throne following Mary I's death; while episode two, "The Marriage Game", explores Elizabeth's challenges associated with suitors and political intrigue surrounding potential marriage proposals.

The third episode, "Shadow in the Sun," explores assassination plots against Queen Victoria as she faced threats from enemies and assassins. Meanwhile, episode four entitled "Horrible Conspiracies" takes viewers through Babington Plot and its eventual execution by Mary Queen of Scots.

In "The Enterprise of England", Elizabeth finds herself facing another daunting challenge as Spain launches their Spanish Armada against Britain and puts her skills and leadership under strain once more. Elizabeth then contemplates on what legacy will remain when "Sweet England's Pride" plays out as the series comes full circle and depicts this reflection with poignancy.

What distinguishes Elizabeth R as an exceptional television series is how it brings the Tudor period alive on screen. Thanks to a cast of highly talented actors who bring each character alive with depth and nuance, watching Elizabeth R is like experiencing Elizabeth I herself all over again!

Glenda Jackson's performance of Queen is mesmerising. Her portrayal is both powerful and poignant; she successfully channels the essence of Queen character perfectly. Additionally, Jackson is supported by an outstanding supporting cast who provide performances which perfectly enhance Jackson's portrayal.

Overall, Elizabeth R is an outstanding historical drama which will enthrall and engage its viewers. It depicts one of England's most influential monarchs with extreme care and attention. A must watch show for history buffs as well as those interested in great storytelling!

  • Premiere Date
    February 17, 1971
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6 (1,733)