Masterpiece

  • 1971
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

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 pro (more…)

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Season 35, Episode 11 The Virgin Queen

First Aired: November 13, 2005

“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.

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  • Premiered: January 10, 1971
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • 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 E… (more)

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