21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A historical knockout,
This review is from: Elizabeth R (3 Disc Box Set)  [DVD] (DVD)
The many pleasures of this series are a tribute to the attention to detail which the BBC lavished on its historical dramas in the 70s. Driven by a sensational performance from Glenda Jackson in the title role, Elizabeth R tells the story of England's most extraordinary monarch with wit, grandeur and great intelligent. The scripts are faultless in their attention to the complexities of Elizabethan speech patterns and their dedication to presenting events in as faithful a way as possible. Elizabeth I presided over a highly dramatic period in English history, and her own personal journey from bastardised second daughter to Gloriana was quite remarkable - "all human life is there".
All this is well-thumbed material for novelists and film-makers, but Elizabeth R is of a particularly high order. The main factor in its success besides the wonderful scripts is the phenomenally high quality of the acting throughout, which owes much more to the tradition of the English stage than to Hollywood glamour. In fact, the drama feels rather more like a play than a movie, especially with its admittedly basic sets. This, however, does nothing to dampen its effect, and with Jackson's brilliant portrayal at the helm, this is probably the finest historical drama I have ever seen.