Helen Mirren delivers an outstanding performance as Queen Elizabeth I in this spectacular HBO miniseries. Focusing on her advancing years, the film finds the queen pressured to marry a French duke in order to produce an heir while protecting the throne from her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots and being romanced, first by the Earl of Leicester (Jeremy Irons) and, following his death, his stepson the Earl of Essex (Hugh Dancy). With Patrick Malahide, Barbara Flynn and Ian McDiarmid. 3 1/2 hrs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English stereo, Spanish stereo; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; featurettes.