In the Privy Chamber

Monday 19th June. 10.00 AM – ‘B’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. First day of the main studio shoot – we’re here now for five weeks – and amid the general business of State, presided over by the queen, some of the Privy Council again raise the issue of what should be done with Mary Queen of [...]

With this Ring….

Friday 17th June. 10.00 AM – Church of St. James, Dorney, Buckinghamshire. Inside this lovely 12th century (and possibly older) church, which stands next to Dorney Court, for the marriage of Bess and Raleigh. We don’t know exactly when or where Bess and Raleigh were married but we have chosen this unadorned mediaeval church, partly [...]

Dorney Revisited

Thursday 16th June. 9.00 AM – Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire. Shooting the last scene in the movie today at Raleigh’s house, which is un-named in the script but which we might assume is Sherborne in Dorset – the house he had fallen in love with many years before and which was granted to him by the [...]

The Fate of a Traitor

Wednesday 15th June. 1.30 PM – Waverley Abbey, Surrey. On location today in the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey which inspired Sir Walter Scott to write his ‘Waverley’ novels. After the blistering heat of the last two days in studios, today it’s overcast and cold – typically for us – but then there is little [...]

The Fortunes of Dr. Dee

Tuesday 13th June. 11.30 AM – ‘B’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Back in Dr. Dee’s study where the Queen again consults him as the threat from Spain escalates. Whilst Elizabeth often made use of Dee’s services she did not always reward him for his efforts. Following the death of his associate Edward Kelley whilst they were [...]

A Visit to Dr Dee

Monday 12th June. 3.30 PM – ‘B’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. For this scene B Stage has become the study in Mortlake of one of the most fascinating and tragic characters of the Elizabethan era – Dr. John Dee. Dee stood on the tipping point between the mediaeval and modern worlds. Part alchemist and astrologer, part [...]

The Game of State.

Friday 9th June. 11 AM – Wells Cathedral, Somerset. Our last day away on location and filming in the cloister, which is for us a corridor leading to the Presence Chamber in the palace. In these outer chambers and corridors much of the business of court life actually took place. Away from the formal presence [...]

New Life

Thursday 8th June. 9 AM – Wells Cathedral, Somerset. Filming on the extraordinary staircase that runs from the north transept to the chapter house. For us this is the main route into the palace and the place where Bess intercepts Raleigh to tell him some dangerous news.. We will probably never know if Bess’ pregnancy [...]

The Inner Sanctum

Wednesday 7th June. 9 AM – Wells Cathedral, Somerset. Our fourth and last cathedral on this shoot. Here we’re using the Chapter House and staircase leading to it as the outer part of Elizabeth’s palace. The Chapter House at Wells (completes in 1306) is one of the architectural treasures of England. Following the Dissolution of [...]

The Angel of Victory

Tuesday 6th June. 1 PM – Brean Down, Somerset. Elizabeth arrives on horse back in full battle array to inspire the troops. There are a number of sources for Elizabeth’s famous Tilbury speech, perhaps the most famous being Dr. Leonel Sharp’s 1623 letter to the Duke of Buckingham in which he recalls the events he [...]