Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Pictured: Lily Cole as the queen

Credit: APT Online

This acclaimed mini-series casts a new light on the life of the monarch whose reign was marked with great triumph and treachery.

Historians Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb (Hidden Killers) and Dan Jones (Secrets of Great British Castles) tell the tale of Elizabeth I’s life, from her childhood through her nearly 50-year reign. From the day she was born, until the day she died, Elizabeth was surrounded by enemies and faced countless situations that endangered her life. This series highlights key clashes that defined her life and the British Empire. Elizabeth I with dramatizations by Lily Cole, who portrays the queen, airs Sundays at 7 p.m. May 5 through May 19 on WXXI-TV. 

The first episode focuses on Elizabeth’s turbulent childhood, as her mother was executed when Elizabeth was just 3 years old, and was subsequently declared illegitimate and banished from court. Eventually, she ascended to the throne, but faced constant pressure from the Catholic Church and numerous other enemies. The third and final episode details England’s victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and Elizabeth’s final years as Queen of England.

Key figures in the series include: Elizabeth’s parents, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; her half-sister Mary Tudor; Mary, Queen of Scots; Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex; and Elizabeth’s thwarted suitor, King Philip of Spain.