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Elizabeth I (TV Miniseries)

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Original title
Elizabeth I
Year
Running time
223 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Nigel Williams
Music
Robert Lane
Cinematography
Larry Smith
Cast
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Producer
Co-production United States-United Kingdom; Home Box Office (HBO) / Channel 4
Genre
TV Series. Drama | TV Miniseries. 16th Century. Biography. Historical
Synopsis / Plot
Emmy®-winner Helen Mirren and Oscar®-winner Jeremy Irons star in Elizabeth I, a two-part HBO Films miniseries event that explores the intersection of the private and public life of Elizabeth I (Mirren) in the latter half of her reign, offering a personal look at her allies, her enemies and her suitors as she struggled to survive in a male-dominated world. Part 1 explores the middle-aged Elizabeth's tempestuous relationship with the Earl of Leicester (Irons) as it survives a French suitor, war, treason, and illness. Part 2 follows Elizabeth through her later years, during which she had an equally passionate affair with the young, ambitious Earl of Essex (Hugh Dancy), who had been raised, ironically, by his stepfather Leicester.

Elizabeth I sheds light on both the personal and public side of England's most enigmatic queen. The daughter of King Henry VIII, Elizabeth I (1533-1603) reunited a nation divided by religious strife, faced down the Spanish Armada and, after an unprecedented 45-year reign, died one of England's best-loved monarchs. During her time as Queen, poets and playwrights wrote about her, artists painted her, and composers dedicated works to her, all contributing to the legend of the "Virgin Queen" who never married. In the public's mind, Elizabeth's romantic life is nearly completely overshadowed by her political achievements and military triumphs. Elizabeth I looks beyond the myth at the woman behind the crown, striking a balance between the queen's desire to find love and passion, and her responsibility to the monarchy.
Awards
2006: Emmy: 9 Awards, including Best Miniseries and Actress (Mirren). 13 Nom.
2006: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - TV Programs of the Year
2005: BAFTA TV Awards: 3 Nominations including Best Production Design
2006: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture Made for Television
2006: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best TV Mini Series
2006: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Actor in TV Movie/Miniseries (Iron) & Actress (Mirren)
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