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Elizabeth R
Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I
StarringGlenda Jackson
Ronald Hines
Stephen Murray
Robert Hardy
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Running time85 minutes
Original networkBBC 2
Original release17 February (1971-02-17) –
24 March 1971 (1971-03-24)
Preceded byThe Six Wives of Henry VIII

Elizabeth R is a BBC television drama serial of six 85-minute plays starring Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth I of England. It was first broadcast on BBC2 from February to March 1971, through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Australia and broadcast in America on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre. The series has been repeated several times, most recently from 17 February 2021, by BBC Four to celebrate the show's fiftieth anniversary.[1]


Elizabeth R was filmed at a variety of locations including Penshurst Place which doubled as the queen's castle grounds and Chiddingstone in Kent, though all the interiors were recorded at the BBC Television Centre.[2]

The first episode was broadcast on 17 February 1971, beginning on screen with the year 1549 as the setting, with the then Princess Elizabeth's difficult ascent to the throne of England nine years later.[3] The final episode was shown on 24 March 1971, the 368th anniversary of the Queen's death on March 24, 1603. It was repeated almost immediately in response to audience demand.[4][1]

The series followed the successful Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), with several performers reprising their roles in Elizabeth R (all in the first episode) from the earlier series, notably Bernard Hepton as Cranmer, Basil Dignam as Bishop Gardiner and Rosalie Crutchley as Catherine Parr.[5]

In February 1972, Elizabeth R first aired in the United States on Masterpiece Theatre, then hosted by Alistair Cooke on PBS.[6] In the summer of 1972, it was rebroadcast with commercials on the New York local station WOR-TV Channel 9.

Glenda Jackson's performance in the title role won her two Emmy Awards - for Best Actress in a Drama Series and Best Actress in a Movie/TV Special (for the episode "Shadow in the Sun").[7][8] The series itself won the Emmy for the Best Dramatic Series in 1972 (the first British TV series ever to win the American TV award, before Upstairs, Downstairs carried the award two years later). At around the same time, Jackson also played the part of Elizabeth in the film Mary, Queen of Scots (1971).[9]

Costume designer Elizabeth Waller won an Emmy for her designs;[10] she recreated many of the historical Elizabeth's actual gowns, adapting them from a number of the Queen's official portraits. They later went on display at Hampton Court Palace.[11]

Elizabeth R featured many well-known British actors, including Malcolm McFee, Michael Williams, Margaretta Scott, John Woodvine, James Laurenson, Angela Thorne, Brian Wilde, Robin Ellis, Robert Hardy, and Peter Egan.[12]

The series was parodied in Monty Python's Flying Circus in an absurdist sketch where a Japanese film director, disguised unconvincingly as Luchino Visconti, forces his cast to perform as Queen Elizabeth's court while sitting on motor-scooters and speaking Engrish. Therefore, the title was changed to "Erizabeth L".

Elizabeth R was first released for DVD Region 1 during 2001 by BBC Warner and then re-released by BBC Worldwide in 2011. In DVD Region 2, it was issued by 2 Entertain in 2006.


Note: This list is incomplete.


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"The Lion's Cub"17 February 1971 (1971-02-17)
The fragile succession heralds dangerous times for the young Princess Elizabeth. Having narrowly avoided implication in Sir Thomas Seymour's attempted abduction of her sickly half-brother, the boy King Edward VI, she becomes an unintentional figurehead for a Protestant rebellion led by Thomas Wyatt the Younger when her half-sister Queen Mary I, a devout Roman Catholic, succeeds to the throne.
2"The Marriage Game"24 February 1971 (1971-02-24)
The new Queen Elizabeth I is 25 years old - and unmarried. Her counsel—particularly the man she trusts most, Sir William Cecil—urges her to marry quickly (to ensure the succession, among other valid reasons). Only Lord Robert Dudley, at first her Master of the Horse, and eventually the Earl of Leicester, seems to interest the queen.
3"Shadow in the Sun"3 March 1971 (1971-03-03)
Elizabeth meets her most eligible suitor yet: Francis, Duke of Alençon, the younger brother of the French king. A marriage will cement France's sought-for alliance with England. Despite the Puritans' rousing opposition in the country (which her zealously anti-Catholic councillor Sir Francis Walsingham secretly approves of), Elizabeth seems taken with the witty and flower-tongued Francis. As her duties as queen clash with her feelings as a woman, Elizabeth faces her toughest decision.
4"Horrible Conspiracies"10 March 1971 (1971-03-10)
As long as the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots lives, she is the focus of plotters and revolutionaries. Despite a harsh clampdown against conspiring Roman Catholics, Mary (in domestic exile and Elizabeth's prisoner for nearly twenty years), inspires an earnest attempt to overthrow Elizabeth. Elizabeth fears Mary's death will condemn her in the eyes of God.
5"The Enterprise of England"17 March 1971 (1971-03-17)
The infirm King Philip II of Spain is eager to avenge the death of Mary, Queen of Scots (and also make good on his inheritance from Mary as the Catholic claimant to the English throne - which Mary bequeathed to him). Philip urges an unprepared fleet, commanded by the inexperienced Duke of Medina Sidonia, to sail on England. Even as Elizabeth rebukes the hawks (privateers) in her council (both Walsingham and Sir Francis Drake), with hopes of peace, the Spanish Armada appears on the horizons of England. Her fate and the future of the country now lie in the hands of Drake, and the Navy.
6"Sweet England's Pride"24 March 1971 (1971-03-24)
Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex is the people's champion. He and Charles Howard were successful in capturing and sacking the Spanish seaport of Cadiz. Essex is given a great opportunity to rise in power by being made Lord Deputy of Ireland and quelling the uprising led by O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, but he squanders his army, makes an inglorious truce with O'Neill, and returns to England without permission. After his unsuccessful uprising against the queen in London, he is executed. The old queen shines in her final address to Parliament, but dies soon afterward. Her last action is a nod to Robert Cecil to his query about her successor being King James VI of Scotland.


  1. ^ a b von Tunzelmann, Alex (19 March 2021). "Glenda Jackson's Elizabeth I embodies a timeless royal quandry: duty or desire?". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  2. ^ Kent Film Office (12 August 1971). "Elizabeth R (1971)".
  3. ^ History of the BBC at
  4. ^ "Elizabeth R". BBC. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  5. ^ "A repent series of Elizabeth R'". Beverley Times (WA : 1905 - 1977). 4 January 1974. p. 2. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  6. ^ Curtis, Bryan (20 October 2005). "Masterpiece Theatre: Thirty-five years of unflinching refinement". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  7. ^ Mills, Nancy (24 June 1995). "Queenliest Member of Parliament". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Television Academy. "Glenda Jackson". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  9. ^ IMDB entry for Mary, Queen of Scots
  10. ^ "Elizabeth R Masterpiece Theatre". Television Academy. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  11. ^ BBC Handbook 1972 (PDF). London: BBC. 1972. p. 41. ISBN 0-563-12141-6.
  12. ^ Cushman, Robert. "Queens Counsel". Harpers and Queen. March 1971: 49 – via Proquest.

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