Elizabeth R

BBC Two (ended 1971)


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  • Season 1
    • 3/24/71
      In her twilight, the aging Queen Elizabeth grants favors to the young and dashing Earl of Essex, who betrays his monarch and attempts to take over the state. His rebellion fails and he is executed. Elizabeth, now bereft of all her former councillors and friends, dies alone.
    • 3/17/71
      Elizabeth's execution of the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots, galvanizes Phillip II of Spain, and he launches the Spanish Armada to invade England.
    • 3/10/71
      Vivian Pickles ("Harold and Maude") appears as Elizabeth's cousin and closest relative, Mary, Queen of Scots. Held prisoner by Elizabeth for over 15 years, Mary plots her escape and Elizabeth's assassination. When her plot fails, the English queen succumbs to political pressure and executes her Scottish cousin.
    • Shadow of the Sun
      Elizabeth meets her most eligible suitor yet: Fran??ois, Duke of Anjou. A marriage will cement France's sought-for alliance with England. Both Sir William Cecil and Thomas Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, eagerly support this marriage offer. Despite the Puritans' rousing opposition in the country, Elizabeth seems taken with the witty and flower-tongued Francois. As her duties as Queen clash with her feelings as a woman, Elizabeth faces her toughest decision. In the end, her good friend and councillor Sussex helps Elizabeth make her painfully honest, final decision. Elizabeth does not want to marry - ever!moreless
    • 3/3/71
      On the brink of middle age, Queen Elizabeth becomes engaged to the younger brother of the King of France, and meanwhile is betrayed by Robert Dudley's secret marriage to her own cousin.
    • 2/24/71
      The young and vivacious Queen Elizabeth frustrates her privy council by dangling her hand in marriage to various foreign princes, while granting more power to her favorite Sir Robert Dudley.
    • The Lion's Club
      The Lion's Club
      Episode 1
      The fragile succession heralds dangerous times for the young Princess Elizabeth. Having narrowly avoided implication in Sir Thomas Seymour's attempted abduction of her sickly half-brother, the boy King Edward VI; she becomes an unintentional figurehead for a Protestant rebellion led by Thomas Wyatt the Younger when her half-sister Queen Mary I of England, a devout Roman Catholic, succeeds to the throne. Will the Princess Elizabeth survive her emotionally unstable half-sister's reign?moreless
    • The Lion's Cub
      Episode 1
      Princess Elizabeth navigates the treacherous waters of the reigns of her brother Edward VI and sister Bloody Mary I, finally ascending the throne as the last surviving child of Henry VIII.