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We have done all the time-consuming searching for you and offer you our recommendations of the best films, documentaries, YouTube clips, websites and places to visit.

a guide to useful resources:
links to other websites; films; museums & exhibitions etc

Please note: we take no responsibility for the content in the recommendations we give.
Please check the appropriateness yourself before showing a movie etc. to your class.

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Below is a comprehensive list of tried & tested resources.


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. An award winning series of six plays charting the life of Elizabeth
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. Elizabeth in her latter years as she faces threats from all quarters
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Elizabeth I

. Mini series about the the later years of the Queen
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. The early life of the young Queen as she settles into her role
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Black Adder 2

. Classic comedy around the court of Elizabeth I
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. The biography of Ron Kovic. Upon his return to the USA he becomes an anti-war campaigner
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. Follows the story of a group of soldiers on their assault of Hamburger Hill


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Elizabeth I

A&E Biography program examines how Elizabeth learned to juggle the conflicting roles of monarch and woman to her advantage, remaining unmarried in order to court diplomatic alliances, inspire the loyalty of men such as Sir Walter Raleigh, and promote the public's adoration of the Virgin Queen.
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The Virgin Queen

From PBS and Masterpiece: Part Two of Masterpiece's lavish production based on the life and tumultuous 40-year reign of one of Britain's most fascinating monarchs.
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. Hosted by David Starkey covering the life and rule of Elizabeth I

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By acclaimed historican David Starkey


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The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England
Part 1: The Common People

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England
Part 2: The Rich

BBC - Filthy Cities - Medieval London

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England
Part 3: Brave New World


The Supersizers Go... - Episode Five: Elizabethan
(BBC Documentary)
Restaurant critic Giles Coren and writer and performer Sue Perkins spend a week going back to the food of Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. Cooking for them at home is top chef Paul Merrett. Giles puts on his codpiece and Sue makes up like Queen Bess. The duo discover the joys of sheep's head decorated with offal, the dish that bleeds and leaping frog pie. Giles tries some cupping and Sue learns the lute. With so many exciting foods to try out from the New World, the intrepid Supersizers find out how healthy the Elizabethan diet was.

Secrets Of The Virgin Queen HD
National Geographic Channel
They called her the Virgin Queen — England's first Queen Elizabeth, a revered ruler in her own lifetime. Yet behind her fame lie many dark secrets, and an unsolved mystery — Why didn't the queen marry and provide an heir to the throne? For centuries, rumors have swirled of claims of illegitimacy, adultery and even that the queen may not have been a woman. Now NGC reveals the startling stories and secrets behind England's Virgin Queen.


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An amazing 'hands on' museum to enthrall all ages.
This 16th-century quayside building reflects the life and times of the families who lived here from Tudor to Victorian times. Decide for yourself if the death of Charles I was plotted in the Conspiracy Room.

Elizabethan House Museum

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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On Plymouth's historic Barbican, you'll find an ancient doorway that takes you back in time to Drake's Plymouth.
Down panelled hallways and up spiral stairs, you'll find yourself in the furnished home of an Elizabethan merchant or sea captain.
Mind your head on the low ceilings and feel the creaking oak of the sloping floors as you explore the Elizabethan House.
See our restored kitchen and gardens on the ground floor. View the dining room and parlour on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor.

Elizabethan House


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Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.
There are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The lead roof extends to three quarters of an acre, restoration and rebuilding of which began in 1983 and took nearly ten years to complete. Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.
History can come alive in a single trip whether it is to enjoy a guided tour, take a dog for a walk in the park, take the children to paddle, see the teddy bear’s picnic in the gardens of surprise or take time over lunch in the Orangery.

Burghley House

Stamford, Lincs

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Kirby Hall is one of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th century houses earlier owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I.
Although this vast mansion is partly roofless, the walls show the exceptionally rich decoration that proclaims that its successive owners were always in the forefront of new ideas about architecture and design.
The Great Hall and state rooms remain intact, refitted and redecorated to authentic 17th and 18th century specifications.
Take time to wander around the recently restored great gardens with their elaborate ‘cutwork’ design complete with statues and urns.

Kirby Hall


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A red-brick palace built in grandiose style by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, advisor to King Henry VIII. Henry liked Hampton Court so much he took it over from the unfortunate Wolsey. The palace was later redesign by Sir Christopher Wren to create an English version of Versailles Palace on the banks of the Thames. The palace is surrounded by justly famous gardens, including the earliest hedge maze in Britain and a recreation of a Tudor knot garden.

Hampton Court Palace


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Sudeley Castle, near Winchcombe, is steeped in tradition and royal connections. The home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe, the manor of Sudeley once belonged to King Ethelred the Unready. But Ethelred was only the first of a long series of monarchs and other royalty to visit Sudeley. Here Queen Katherine Parr lived and died. She is buried in the lovely chapel within the grounds that bears her name. Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Charles I, all stayed here. But the history of Sudeley is more interesting than just a collection of royal visitors.

Sudeley Castle

Winchcombe, Glos

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