I have just purchased this beautiful series and I have to say I think it's absolutely incredible. I watched it on the TV when it was shown on BBC1, and I loved it. Anne Marie Duff is a beautiful and exceptionally talented actress and her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth 1 was breath taking. I loved how the series focused mainly on the dramatic love story between Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, played by a perfectly suited and equally talented Tom Hardy. I found the storyline so poignant and touching - how Elizabeth was only ever in love with Dudley throughout her whole life, but could not bring herself to put her trust in any man because of her worry of losing her independence and because of what her father had done to any woman under his power. It is true that Dudley is only after Elizabeth for the chance to take the throne himself and because of his craving for power, but the way that she loves him and the way that they are together - the intense passion between them - really is enough to bring a lump to your throat. When Dudley is finally killed, you can really feel Elizabeth's loss as if it's almost happening to you.
Throughout the series, Anne Marie Duff portrays Elizabeth as fiery, fiercly independent, incredibly strong for a woman of her time, and a true leader - exactly how she really was.
All of the characters are believable and beautifully portrayed, especially Elizabeth and Dudley, who make this such a masterpiece. The producers couldn't have chosen their actors more perfectly, and with a fabulous set and lovely music, this is a series to treasure and watch again and again. If you are looking for an intense, beautifully portrayed love story and a perfect insight into England's history, BUY THIS NOW!