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on 2 November 2016
Watched this when it first aired, and loved it! Although I must point out I was 14 and obsessed with history. A second watching ten years later wasn't quite as enthralling, but still very much watchable. Having had ten more years to delve into the factual history and knowing more about the Tudor era, the glaring (a harsh word to use, but accurate) historical errors do stick out (esp Elizabeth's meeting with Mary) and make you wonder why they'd change such things. Of course, it's for 'dramatic effect', but why do we need more of this? The true story is just as fascinating, no?

The acting, of course, is impeccable, but what more would you expect from Mirren and Irons?

Definitely worth watching if you're not well knowledged in the Tudor dynasty, and still very much watchable even if you are. Just look at it like you do when you see 'based upon...' in the opening credits of a film, grit your teeth and refrain from screaming 'THAT NEVER HAPPENED' at your spouse.
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on 8 March 2017
Original made for tv movie for Channel 4. Dame Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth I. With Jeremy Irons, Hugh Dancy, Toby Jones and Ian McDiarmid. Following the reign of the virgin queen as she is introduced to prospective husbands whilst being denied the one man she really wants. Then having to choose James VI of Scotland as her successor. This is intimate story of a Queen and her fraught, turbulent and passionate life.
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on 29 September 2017
A splendid production with a superb performance by Helen Mirren, which captures the Queen's mercurial character, an icon yet a faulted human being. Production values are great. Striking also is the way the language is written, which, without being "pseudo Elizabethan" manages to avoid jarring modern phrases, and sounds authentic. Highly recommended, and very moving.
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on 19 July 2013
Helen Mirren is superb in the role of Elizabeth I and she and Jeremy Irons make a very credible, older couple. The film is very realistic - the execution scenes are pretty horrifying as nothing is left to the imagination - and the settings were well chosen. The cast is excellent, particularly Ian MacDiarmaid as Cecil, so a 5 star rating. Well worth watching a couple of times.
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on 5 September 2017
Never expected to see Helen Mirren do less ! A present for the eyes and History lovers. Effects, costumes, actors !!! & the bonus, very graphic: Bravo, very good job!
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on 26 August 2017
Brilliant series, excellent edition, professional service from France CDs. Cheers!
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on 30 April 2016
Love anything to do with the tudors and Helen Mirren is a great actress. You can imagine her as Elizabeth giving her subjects the round around.
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on 17 March 2015
The friend for whom I bought this really wanted a copy to watch again and again because it is so good. The acting is brilliant as we have learned to expect from Mirren. I doubt it could be improved in any way.
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on 23 March 2013
I think this Elizabeth 1 dvd is the best one I've seen. There have been many other actressess playing the part, I think
Helen Mirren is up there with the best of them. Brilliant acting from all the cast. A must-buy if you love History.
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