Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, and Hugh Dancy star in this HBO miniseries about
the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
Directed by Tom Hooper, this film begins in 1579, when the Virgin Queen has been on the throne for 20 years, but has not married.
Her closest relationship is with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester (Irons), whom the council will not allow her to wed.
Because Robert wishes to produce an heir, he marries another woman, garnering Elizabeth's disfavor. In turn, Robert looks suspiciously
upon the Queen's dalliance with Henry, the Duke of Anjou. As his health begins to fails, Elizabeth turns to Robert's
stepson, the dashing, if duplicitous Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex (Hugh Dancy).
Meanwhile, Mary, Queen of Scots (Barbara Flynn), as well as many powerful Catholics, plot against the Protestant
queen. Marked as much by triumph as tragedy, the role of Elizabeth I is filled luminously by Mirren's
This film is made for television and not rated.