For those with a weakness for soap operas, nothing delivers like a TV miniseries on the British royals. Elizabeth I centers on the Virgin Queen's private life during the latter part of her reign, casting her as a shrewd head of state who struggles mightily with her romantic longings. Helen Mirren channels the monarch's every strength and insecurity, while Jeremy Irons makes for a super smooth Earl of Leicester. The story is familiar girl wants boy she can't have but the opulent sets and costumes along with Mirren's deft portrayal make this installation of palace intrigue totally engrossing.
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