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Elizabeth R

Produced by Roderick Graham, these six plays – each with a different writer and director – dramatise the life and times of the 'Virgin Queen,' as played by Glenda Jackson. The first episode for example, The Lion's Cub (17/02/1971), covers Elizabeth's difficult accession to the throne in a Catholic kingdom, and her first meeting with Philip of Spain (Peter Jeffrey), while the last, Sweet England's Pride (24/03/1971) looks at her troubled relationship with the popular Earl of Essex (Robin Ellis). Oliver Elmes designed the title sequence.