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Masterpiece Episode: "The Virgin Queen"

Season 35, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: “The Virgin Queen,” a two-part dramatization of the life of Elizabeth I (Anne-Marie Duff), opens with her unpopular sister, “Bloody Mary,” on the throne and “Bess” in the tower of London. But not for long. Mary dies in 1558 and Bess becomes queen. Her constantly scheming courtiers' top priority: get her married to a suitable crowned head, but she demurs. “I married England, my lords,” she proclaims. Dudley: Tom Hardy. Norfolk: Kevin McKidd. Kat: Tara Fitzgerald. Cecil: Ian Hart.
Original Air Date: Nov 13, 2005
Guest Cast Stanley Townsend: King Philip of Spain Kevin McKidd: Norfolk Joanne Whalley: Queen Mary Tara Fitzgerald: Kat Ashley Ian Hart: William Cecil Sienna Guillory: Lettice Knowles Emilia Fox: Amy Dudley Tom Hardy: Robert Dudley Anne-Marie Duff: Queen Elizabeth I Hans Matheson: Essex

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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