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Masterpiece Theatre
Virgin Queen, The
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

Part 2: A lavish new production based on the life and tumultuous 40-year reign of one of Britain’s most fascinating monarchs, this four-hour epic explores the full sweep of the life of Elizabeth I. From a teenage princess imprisoned in the Tower of London, to her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister, "Bloody" Mary, through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; from her years of triumph over the Spanish Armada to her last, enigmatic relationship with her young protégé, the Earl of Essex and her death at the age of 70- Anne-Marie Duff stars in this story encompassing the full sweep of Elizabeth's life. Scripted by Paula Milne (“The Politician’s Wife”) the film is set against the backdrop of some of Britain's most beautiful landscapes.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Virgin Queen, The,” 01/01/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_36E45B0EE8B8449DA97BE5643EEEF6EA.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Virgin Queen, The.” 01/01/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_36E45B0EE8B8449DA97BE5643EEEF6EA>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Virgin Queen, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_36E45B0EE8B8449DA97BE5643EEEF6EA
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