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Episode 1

Three-part drama documentary series. Anita Dobson stars as Elizabeth I, and Dan Snow tells the story of how England came within a whisker of disaster in summer 1588.

In the first part of a major three-part drama documentary series, Anita Dobson stars as Elizabeth I, and Dan Snow takes to the sea to tell the story of how England came within a whisker of disaster in summer 1588. Newly discovered documents take us right inside the Spanish Armada for the very first time and reveal a missed opportunity that could have spelled the end of Tudor England.

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 4 Mar 2021 03:00

Anita Dobson's Elizabeth I Costumes

Anita Dobson's Elizabeth I Costumes
Joanna Beatty the costume designer tells us how she achieved Anita's look

How we created Anita's make up

How we created Anita's make up
Make-up designer Bella Cruickshank explains how she created Anita's amazing look

Behind the scenes during our drama shoot

Behind the scenes during our drama shoot
Find out from our Series Producer how the team shot on the high seas in East London

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Dan Snow
Producer Robin Dashwood
Executive Producer Cameron Balbirnie

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