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Elizabeth R (BBC-2 1971, Glenda Jackson, Robert Hardy)

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Historical drama serial Elizabeth R consisted of six linked plays telling the life of the Virgin Queen. Hugely popular with both critics and viewers alike and cemented Glenda Jackson’s position as one of the UK’s leading actresses.

The Plays were…
1.THE LION’S CUB Writer:John Hale
2.THE MARRIAGE GAME Writer:Rosemary Anne Sisson
3.SHADOWS IN THE SUN Writer:Julian Mitchell
4.HORRIBLE CONSPIRACIES Writer:Hugh Whitemore
5.THE ENTERPRISE OF ENGLAND Writer:John Prebble
6.SWEET ENGLAND’S PRIDE Writer:Ian Rodgers

production details
UK / BBC-2 / 6×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 February – 24 March 1971

Music: David Munrow / Producer: Roderick Graham

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GLENDA JACKSON as Elizabeth
ROBERT HARDY as Robert Dudley
RONALD HINES as William Cecil
DAPHNE SLATER as Mary Tudor
BERNARD HEPTON as Thomas Cranmer
PETER JEFFREY as Philip II of Spain
RACHEL KEMPSON as Kat Ashley
JOHN SHRAPNEL as Earl of Sussex


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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