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The real story of the relationship between Britain’s most famous Queens - rivalry, ambition, scandal, revenge and ultimately MURDER. Despite being fierce rivals, Mary and Elizabeth wrote to each other every week. Now for the first time on TV the story of their relationship and deadly fascination is bought to life using their own words – a collection of intimate and rarely seen letters. Dramatic reconstruction mixed with debate and interpretation from leading historians, biographers and experts and new theories are bought to the screen for the first time.
Of all the dangers Elizabeth I had to survive - the Spanish Armada, a Catholic continent plotting against her incessantly, restless nobles uneasy at serving a Queen who refused to marry - none was so personally intense as her rivalry with another woman - her cousin and fellow queen, Mary, Queen of Scots. This was her longest, her most grueling battle; lasting over two decades, it threatened to tear apart both Elizabeth and her kingdom. In the end it would force her to make the hardest decision of her life.
The two queens stared across the ultimate divides of their time: Protestant and Catholic, Tudor and Stuart, English and Scottish. Their fascination with one another grew into the greatest queenly face-off in our entire history. And yet, in 26 years of mutual obsession they never actually met. Their confrontation was carried out through letters - a war of words so heart-felt and revealing that the two queens’ passions can still be felt.
For the first time on television, this chronicle of love turned to hatred, of trust betrayed by plot and bloodshed, will be dramatized purely from the original words of the two queens and their courtiers. Expert historians will examine, interpret, and argue over the monarchs’ motives for their ‘duel to the death’ – for in the end only one queen could survive such emotional combat.
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- Episode Title : Bloody Queens: Elizabeth & Mary
- Format : 1 x 60'
- Production company : Pioneer Productions
- Year of production : 2015
- Commissioning channels : BBC2
- Availability : 01/01/2016