TV Mini-Series | TV-MA | | Biography, Drama, History
Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
The 3rd Earl of Southampton was William Shakespeare's patron. Many believe he was the subject of many of Shakespeare's sonnets, including sonnet 20, which begins "A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted / Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion." Eddie Redmayne would later play a transgender woman in The Danish Girl. On stage, he has played Shakespeare's heroine Viola, a woman who disguises as a man.
Queen Elizabeth I:
Oh Robin, I'm set about by enemies and I know not who to trust.
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester: Well not France, I beg you.
When Elizabeth quotes Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds", she's quoting a sonnet that wasn't published until 1609, 6 years after her death.
When the series was repeated on British TV in 2006, the footage of the Babington plotters being tortured was cut, and the execution of Queen Mary was cut so that she was beheaded with one stroke, although the scene of Leicester telling Elizabeth that it had taken two strokes was left in.