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Masterpiece Episode: "The Virgin Queen"

Season 35, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: “The Virgin Queen” concludes with Elizabeth I (Anne-Marie Duff) surviving the threat of her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, and four decades of palace intrigue. But her “finest hour,” the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, is marred by the death of “Robbie” Dudley (Tom Hardy), her “most faithful, most obedient servant.” His replacement: another dashing young “Robbie” (Hans Matheson), the Earl of Essex and Dudley's stepson. William Cecil: Ian Hart. Lattice Knowles: Sienna Guillory.
Original Air Date: Nov 20, 2005
Guest Cast Charlotte Winner: Mary, Queen of Scots Derek Riddell: Sir Walter Raleigh Tom Hardy: Robert Dudley Sienna Guillory: Lettice Knowles Vincent Franklin: Thomas Pheleppe Neil Stuke: Francis Bacon Jason Watkins: Christopher Hatton Hans Matheson: Earl of Essex Daniel Evans: Robert Cecil Anne-Marie Duff: Queen Elizabeth I Ian Hart: William Cecil Sebastian Armesto: Charles Blount

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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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