Here’s our breaking news, just announced by Channel Five:
Brand new history series looks at the era of Elizabeth I
Building on the success of Henry VIII and His Six Wives, Oxford Film and TV will produce a 3 x 60” docu-drama focussing on Queen Elizabeth I. The epic story will be driven by the contrasting viewpoints of Suzannah Lipscomb, who will give us Elizabeth’s point of view, and Dan Jones, who will highlight the threats posed by her enemies. Dan and Suzannah’s duelling narrative will be heightened by dramatised scenes in which three different actors will play Elizabeth at three stages of her life, as the young princess fighting for survival, as the newly crowned Queen juggling lovers and combatting conspiracies and as the aging lioness who vanquishes her enemies at home and abroad. As Suzannah and Dan lead us through this heady tale of jealousy, treachery, ambition and tragedy, lavish dramatic reconstruction will transport viewers back to the key clashes that shaped a queen and the destiny of her people. The series is produced by Oxford Film & TV and Channel 5’s Commissioning Editor is Lucy Willis.