Elizabeth R

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Sweet England's Pride

    Aired 3/24/71

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    The Enterprise of England

    Aired 3/17/71

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Horrible Conspiracies

    Aired 3/10/71

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Shadow of the Sun

    Aired 3/3/71

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Shadow in the Sun

    Aired 3/3/71

  • Cast & Crew
  • Glenda Jackson

    Queen Elizabeth

  • Robert Hardy

    Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester)

  • Ronald Hines

    William Cecil (Lord Burghley)

  • Robin Ellis

    Robert Devereux (Earl of Essex)

  • Anthony Ainley

    Henry Sidney

  • show Description
  • Historical mini-series documenting the reign of Elizabeth I. Each episode focuses on one dramatic period in the lengthy reign of the Virgin Queen, including her ascension to the throne, her various marital intrigues, her problems with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, and the threatened invasion of the Spanish Armada. The series is dominated by a tour de force performance by Glenda Jackson, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Elizabeth.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Elizabeth: I have trusted no man since the day I was eight and Queen Katherine Howard ran screaming along the galleries of the palace to plead with the great Henry. The guards took her and - screaming still - dragged her away. On every hand men had betrayed her. And one before her. First there is truth, then passion, then death.

    • Elizabeth: (about Thomas Seymour) This day died a man of much wit and very little judgement.

    • Elizabeth: I never know when you are speaking the truth. Robert Dudley: Does it matter? Elizabeth: Yes. I like to know what the truth is, and then I can decide whether to believe it or not.

    • Robert Dudley: Your Majesty, I request permission to leave the court. Elizabeth: Yes, go! (Dudley moves away) No! I cannot bear to part with you. I need you with me, for you are like my little dog. When people see you, they know I am nearby.

    • Elizabeth: As I am now, I owe my life to no man's goodwill. Except the goodwill of the people, and I have always known how to keep that.

    • Elizabeth: No-one needs to teach me that marriage is a civil contract as well as one before God, and between two hearts. But you will allow, I think, that it is happier if the hearts speak before the priest and the lawyers?

    • Lady Cobham: He's so impetuous. He just pulls on his hat and takes the first boat to come and see you. I wish my husband had wooed me like that. Elizabeth: A man who pulls on his hat on a impulse may pull it off again on a whim.

    • Leicester: We're talking about marriage, not war. Elizabeth: They're one and the same thing, but we're not irrevocably committed to either, are we, Burghley? Burghley: Well, Ma'am, we're getting precariously close to one or the other.

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    Notes (7)

    • This episode first aired in the United States on February 13, 1972 as an episode of Masterpiece Theatre.

    • Bernard Hepton and Rosalie Crutchley reprised their roles as Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Catherine Parr from the mini-series The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

    • This episode first aired in the United States on February 20, 1972 as an episode of Masterpiece Theatre.

    • This episode first aired in the United States on February 27, 1972 as an episode of Masterpiece Theatre.

    • This episode first aired in the United States on March 5, 1972 as an episode of Masterpiece Theatre.

    • This episode first aired in the United States on March 12, 1972 as an episode of Masterpiece Theatre.

    • This episode first aired in the United States on March 19, 1972 as an episode of Masterpiece Theatre.

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    Trivia (2)

    • The "Elizabeth-R" that they use in the opening sequence is actually the real life signature of Elizabeth I.

    • When Queen Elizabeth goes through to the privy room after receiving the French ambassador, watch out for the actor who plays the artist hanging around on set and being taken by surprise when he is suddenly in shot.

    Allusions (1)

    • The episode title is a quote from a poem that is attributed to Queen Elizabeth herself, 'On Monsieur's Departure'.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Borderline acceptable.

    By vamjok, Jun 17, 2006

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