Battle Plans

Friday 23rd June. 2.00 PM – ‘B’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. B stage has become the map room where Elizabeth and her councillors discuss the imminent arrival of the Spanish Armada.

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The Deceiver Decieved

Thursday 22nd June. 3.00 PM – ‘B’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Still in the Privy Chamber but the room is now empty save for Elizabeth and Walsingham, for Walsingham has a confession to make.

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And the answer is….

Wednesday 21st June. 12.30 PM – ‘B’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Elizabeth announces her formal response to the marriage suit of the Archduke of Austria.

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A House of Horrors

Tuesday 20th June. 2.30 PM – ‘J’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. A second visit to the torture chamber to discover the consequences of Walsingham’s prisoner talking.

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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 Scots.

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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.

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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 Queen shortly before his fall from grace.

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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 warmth in the scene we are about to shoot. For us this icon of the Dissolution is the meeting place for our catholic conspirators.

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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.

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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.

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