Gimme Gimme Gimme (TV series)
Gimme Gimme Gimme is a BBC television sitcom by Tiger Aspect Productions, first aired in three series from 1999 to 2001. It was written by Jonathan Harvey; the title from the show stems from both the main characters' continual search for a male partner, the theme music is a cover of ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!". The first two series were shown on BBC Two and were deemed successful enough for the third series to be shown on BBC One; the show is loosely based on Mike Leigh's play Abigail's Party. The series is repeated on UK television channel Gold. Gimme Gimme Gimme centres around loudmouthed Londoner Linda La Hughes and her gay flatmate, actor Tom Farrell. A modern twist on the traditional "odd couple" format, much of Gimme Gimme Gimme's humour springs from its lubricious innuendo subplot, which comes from the mouths of both Tom and Linda. Linda is characterised by her red perm, white glasses, plump, lycra-clad figure. Boorish, unattractive Linda is convinced she is a "stunner", it is suggested that Linda and Tom first met at a nightclub and decided to live together.
What follows is, as writer Jonathan Harvey describes, "one long comedown". Linda tells humorous anecdotes about her family and childhood which suggest abuse or neglect, but she always thinks of these as positive experiences, she claims that her Daddy now lives in an iron lung, although the only proof she has is a photo of a sideboard. Linda lived in a convent and a borstal as a teenager, she has crushes on Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, both male members of Hear'Say. She imagines having sex with Dale Winton in a toilet cubicle. Tom fails in his desire to get acting roles, he believes himself to be gifted in the art of acting, blames his failures on his agent or society itself. He did appear in one episode of EastEnders and brags about it, delaying for as long as he can the fact that he was in one scene, had one line, did nothing but buy a cagoule from Bianca Jackson's market stall, he appeared in Daylight Robbery as an extra, standing in a queue in the background. He had one line but it was cut due to timekeeping.
He insists. Tom has an obsession with appearing to be middle-class though he hails from a working-class background because he hates his parents, it is suggested that Tom has no friends whatsoever but unlike Linda he tries to pretend he is popular. Tom is in love with the actor Simon Shepherd. Although they appear to loathe each other and Linda are beholden to each other due to the simple fact that nobody else can tolerate them, they are in many ways alike: selfish and physically and unattractive - although Tom less so. The hapless duo live in a Kentish Town flat rented from elderly ex-prostitute Beryl Merit. Other regular characters are Suze. Many of the storylines revolve around the fact that Tom and Linda find Jez sexually attractive and despise the oblivious Suze. Another recurring character is Linda's celebrity sister. Many of the other characters can be just as hapless as Linda. For example, they once cancelled their holiday to the Algarve and paid £500 to stay in their own back garden after Linda opened it up as a campsite.
Simon Shepherd, Su Pollard, Charlie Condou, Rose Keegan have made guest appearances. Su Pollard played. Hi!". At the end of series three, Tom got his big break in TV soap opera Crossroads; the last episode ended with Tom leaving the flat and Linda taking off her hair and sitting in the flat alone. Kathy Burke as Linda La Hughes James Dreyfus as Tom Farrell Beth Goddard as Suze Littlewood Brian Bovell as Jez Littlewood Rosalind Knight as Beryl Merit Linda La Hughes – Linda is an unattractive middle-aged woman who wears skin tight, colourful clothing. Linda grabs any opportunity to bluntly flirt with any man, she is delusional about her appearance. Her age is uncertain as she has announced different ages through the three series e.g. 16, 18, 19, 23 and 28. In the Series 2 episode "Dirty Thirty", her birth certificate reveals that she is 39 – but in the Series 3 episode "Secrets and Flies" she is unexpectedly reunited with her 28-year-old son. Linda has a large family consisting of a son named Zippy, two cousins, Simon who has a wonky eye, Velma who works in Soho who has an act called "Snatch and Ladders", two aunties and Ivy, an uncle called Tyrone and a sister called Sharon Hughes who changed her name to Sugar Walls.
Her Mother, called "Queenie" (and
Mai Elisabeth Zetterling was a Swedish actress and film director. Zetterling was born in Västmanland, Sweden, to a working class family, she started her career as an actress at the age of 17 at Dramaten, the Swedish national theatre, appearing in war-era films. Zetterling appeared in film and television productions spanning six decades from the 1940s to the 1990s, her breakthrough came in the 1944 film Torment written by Ingmar Bergman, in which she played a controversial role as a tormented shopgirl. Shortly afterwards she moved to England and gained instant success there with her title role in Basil Dearden's Frieda playing opposite David Farrar. After a brief return to Sweden in which she worked with Bergman again in his film Music in Darkness, she returned to England and starred in a number of English films, playing against such leading men as Tyrone Power, Dirk Bogarde, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Richard Attenborough, Keenan Wynn, Stanley Baker, Dennis Price.
Some of her notable films as an actress include Quartet, a film based on some of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories, The Romantic Age directed by Edmond T. Gréville, Only Two Can Play co-starring Peter Sellers and directed by Sidney Gilliat, The Witches, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's book directed by Nicolas Roeg. Having gained a reputation as a sex symbol in dramas and thrillers, she was effective in comedies, was active in British television in the 50s and 60s, she began directing in the early 1960s, starting with political documentaries and a short film called The War Game, nominated for a BAFTA award, won a Silver Lion at Venice. Her first feature film Älskande par, based on the novels of Agnes von Krusenstjerna, was banned at the Cannes Film Festival for its sexual explicitness and nudity. Kenneth Tynan of The Observer called it "one of the most ambitious debuts since Citizen Kane." It was not the only film. When critics reviewing her debut feature said that "Mai Zetterling directs like a man," she began to explore feminist themes more explicitly in her work.
The Girls, which had an all-star Swedish cast including Bibi Andersson and Harriet Andersson, discussed women's liberation in a society controlled by men, as the protagonists compare their lives to characters in the play Lysistrata, find that things have not progressed much for women since ancient times. In her autobiography, All Those Tomorrows, published in 1985, Zetterling details love affairs with actor Herbert Lom and Tyrone Power, with whom she lived from 1956 until early 1958, she was married to Norwegian actor Tutte Lemkow from 1944 to 1953. Lemkow and Zetterling had a daughter, Etienne and a son, professor of environmental sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. From 1958 to 1976 she was married to British author David Hughes, who collaborated with her on her first films as director, she died in London, from cancer on 17 March 1994, at the age of 68, a year after her final role on television. Released documents at the National Archives in London show that she, a member of the Hollywood Left, was watched by British security agents as a suspected Communist.
However, the UK never had a system along the lines of the American Hollywood Blacklist. She died in her home. A partial filmography as director Actress Mai Zetterling on IMDb Mai Zetterling at the Swedish Film Database Mai Zetterling at the BFI's Screenonline Mai Zetterling at Turner Classic Movies Mai Zetterling at Nationalencyklopedins Internettjänst Mai Zetterling Digital Archives Mai Zetterling at Find a Grave
Sweden the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres, Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre; the highest concentration is in the southern half of the country. Germanic peoples have inhabited Sweden since prehistoric times, emerging into history as the Geats and Swedes and constituting the sea peoples known as the Norsemen. Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is forested. Sweden is part of the geographical area of Fennoscandia; the climate is in general mild for its northerly latitude due to significant maritime influence, that in spite of this still retains warm continental summers.
Today, the sovereign state of Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, with a monarch as head of state, like its neighbour Norway. The capital city is Stockholm, the most populous city in the country. Legislative power is vested in the 349-member unicameral Riksdag. Executive power is exercised by the government chaired by the prime minister. Sweden is a unitary state divided into 21 counties and 290 municipalities. An independent Swedish state emerged during the early 12th century. After the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century killed about a third of the Scandinavian population, the Hanseatic League threatened Scandinavia's culture and languages; this led to the forming of the Scandinavian Kalmar Union in 1397, which Sweden left in 1523. When Sweden became involved in the Thirty Years War on the Reformist side, an expansion of its territories began and the Swedish Empire was formed; this became one of the great powers of Europe until the early 18th century. Swedish territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were lost during the 18th and 19th centuries, ending with the annexation of present-day Finland by Russia in 1809.
The last war in which Sweden was directly involved was in 1814, when Norway was militarily forced into personal union. Since Sweden has been at peace, maintaining an official policy of neutrality in foreign affairs; the union with Norway was peacefully dissolved in 1905. Sweden was formally neutral through both world wars and the Cold War, albeit Sweden has since 2009 moved towards cooperation with NATO. After the end of the Cold War, Sweden joined the European Union on 1 January 1995, but declined NATO membership, as well as Eurozone membership following a referendum, it is a member of the United Nations, the Nordic Council, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens, it has the world's eleventh-highest per capita income and ranks in numerous metrics of national performance, including quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality and human development.
The name Sweden was loaned from Dutch in the 17th century to refer to Sweden as an emerging great power. Before Sweden's imperial expansion, Early Modern English used Swedeland. Sweden is derived through back-formation from Old English Swēoþēod, which meant "people of the Swedes"; this word is derived from Sweon/Sweonas. The Swedish name Sverige means "realm of the Swedes", excluding the Geats in Götaland. Variations of the name Sweden are used in most languages, with the exception of Danish and Norwegian using Sverige, Faroese Svøríki, Icelandic Svíþjóð, the more notable exception of some Finnic languages where Ruotsi and Rootsi are used, names considered as referring to the people from the coastal areas of Roslagen, who were known as the Rus', through them etymologically related to the English name for Russia; the etymology of Swedes, thus Sweden, is not agreed upon but may derive from Proto-Germanic Swihoniz meaning "one's own", referring to one's own Germanic tribe. Sweden's prehistory begins in the Allerød oscillation, a warm period around 12,000 BC, with Late Palaeolithic reindeer-hunting camps of the Bromme culture at the edge of the ice in what is now the country's southernmost province, Scania.
This period was characterised by small bands of hunter-gatherer-fishers using flint technology. Sweden is first described in a written source in Germania by Tacitus in 98 AD. In Germania 44 and 45 he mentions the Swedes as a powerful tribe with ships that had a prow at each end. Which kings ruled these Suiones is unknown, but Norse mythology presents a long line of legendary and semi-legendary kings going back to the last centuries BC; as for literacy in Sweden itself, the runic script was in use among the south Scandinavian elite by at least the 2nd century AD, but all that has come down to the present from the Roman Period is curt inscriptions on artefacts of male names, demonstrating th
Sid and Nancy
Sid and Nancy is a 1986 British biopic directed by Alex Cox and co-written with Abbe Wool. The film portrays the life of Sid Vicious, bassist of the seminal punk rock band the Sex Pistols, his relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen; the film features supporting performances from David Hayman, Xander Berkeley, Courtney Love. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986, was released theatrically in the United States that fall. Despite failing to recoup its production budget at the box office, the film was received positively by most critics and has attained cult classic status; the film opens on 12 October 1978, with several police officers dragging Sid Vicious out of the Hotel Chelsea following the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Sid is soon driven upon arrival is asked to describe what happened. Police officers become frustrated when Sid is visibly unable to speak. A little more than a year earlier, in 1977, close friends and band members Sid and Johnny Rotten meet Nancy, a heroin-addicted groupie who had come to London to bed the Sex Pistols.
Sid dismisses her at first, as her sexual intentions are obvious, but begins dating her after feeling sympathy for the rejection she faces from fellow punk stars and after she sells him heroin. The two fall in love, but their self-destructive, drug-fueled relationship frays Sid's relationship with the rest of the band, which breaks up on 17 January 1978, in the midst of a disastrous American tour which features Sid strung out of his mind drunk or on meth, physically violent. Although several of his friends and acquaintances warn him of Nancy's devastating effect on his life, Sid stubbornly ignores these warnings. Sid, now living in New York, attempts to start a solo career with Nancy as his manager, only to be dismissed as a has-been. By now, both he and Nancy are addicted to heroin, Nancy has spiraled into a deep depression. Sid loses interest in Nancy sexually and wants out of a suicide pact he made with her, their love affair ends tragically one night when, during an argument in which Sid announces his plans to stop using heroin and return to England to re-start his life, a suicidal Nancy begs him to kill her.
She attacks him and they fight in a drug-induced haze, leading to him stabbing her, although whether or not it was intentional is left to interpretation. They fall asleep and Nancy awakes and stumbles into the bathroom, where she collapses and dies. Sid is bailed out temporarily by his mother, a heroin addict. After getting a pizza, some kids convince him to dance with them; some time a taxi picks Sid up and he believes he finds Nancy alive in the back seat. The two embrace as the cab drives off. A postscript says that Vicious died of a heroin overdose, lastly reads: "R. I. P. Nancy and Sid." The film titled Love Kills, is based on the mutually destructive, drug- and sex-filled relationship between Vicious and Nancy. Vicious' mother, Anne Beverley tried to prevent the film from being made. After meeting with director Cox, she decided to help the production; some of the supporting characters are composites, invented to streamline the plot. According to director Cox, he had considered Daniel Day-Lewis for the part of Sid Vicious.
Oldman twice turned down the role before accepting it, because, in his own words: "I wasn't that interested in Sid Vicious and the punk movement. I'd never followed it, it wasn't something. The script I felt was banal and'who cares' and'why bother' and all of that, and I was a little bit sort-of with my nose in the air and sort-of thinking'well the theatre – so much more superior' and all of that." He reconsidered based on the urging of his agent. He lost weight to play the emaciated Vicious by eating nothing but "steamed fish and lots of melon", but was hospitalized when he lost too much. Oldman dismissed the performance, saying: "I don't think I played Sid Vicious well". Courtney Love recorded an infamous video audition in which she exclaimed, "I am Nancy Spungen." Cox was impressed by Love's audition, but has said the film's investors insisted on an experienced actress for the co-leading role. Therefore, Cox wrote the minor role of Gretchen, one of Sid and Nancy's New York junkie friends for her benefit.
Cox would cast Love as one of the leads in Straight to Hell. Coincidentally, Love would be compared to Spungen in life on account of her marriage to Kurt Cobain. In his 2007 autobiography, Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash revealed that the casting director hired all five members of Guns N' Roses as extras for a club scene, having coincidentally scouted them in different locations without their knowledge, he said "all of us showed up to the first day of casting, like'Hey...what are you doing here?'" However, Slash was the only one in the group to stay for the entire shoot. Webb and Oldman improvised the dialogue heard in the scene leading up to Spungen's death but based it on interviews and other materials available to them; the stabbing scene is based only on conjecture. Cox told the NME: "We wanted to make the film not just about Sid Vicious and punk rock, but as an anti-drugs statement, to show the degradation caused to various people is not at all glamorous." The original music is by Pray for Rain, Joe Strummer, The Pogues.
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Miriam Margolyes, is a British-Australian actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a BAFTA Award for her role in The Age of Innocence and went on to take the role of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series. For many years she has divided her time between England and Australia, she has starred in productions in both countries, including the Australian premiere of the 2013 play I'll Eat You Last. In 2013, she became an Australian citizen, thereby holding dual Australian citizenship. Margolyes was born in Oxford, England, on 18 May 1941, the only child of Ruth, a property investor and developer, Joseph Margolyes, a physician from Glasgow, she grew up in a Jewish family. Her great-grandfather, Symeon Sandmann, was born in the town of Margonin in central-western Poland, which Margolyes visited in 2013, she attended Newnham College, where she read English. There, in her twenties, she began acting and appeared in productions by the Cambridge Footlights comedy troupe.
On The Graham Norton Show in 2011, she controversially revealed that whilst at Cambridge, she performed oral sex on an American soldier she had met. She represented the university in the first series of University Challenge, where she became the first person to use the'f word' on British television. With her distinctive voice, Margolyes first gained recognition for her work as a voice artist. In the 1970s she recorded, she performed most of the supporting female characters in the dubbed Japanese action TV series Monkey. She worked with the theatre company Gay Sweatshop and provided voiceovers in the Japanese TV series The Water Margin'. In 1974, she appeared with Kenneth Williams and Ted Ray in the BBC Radio 2 comedy series The Betty Witherspoon Show. Margolyes' first major role in a film was as Elephant Ethel in Virgin Soldiers. In the 1980s, she made appearances in Blackadder opposite Rowan Atkinson: these roles include the Spanish Infanta in The Black Adder, Lady Whiteadder in Blackadder II and Queen Victoria in Blackadder's Christmas Carol.
In 1986 she Loves of a She-Devil. She won the 1989 LA Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Flora Finching in the 1988 film Little Dorrit. On American television, she headlined the short-lived 1992 CBS sitcom Frannie's Turn. In 1994 she won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mrs Mingott in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence. In 1989, Margolyes co-wrote and performed a one-woman show, Dickens' Women, in which she played 23 characters from Dickens' novels. Margolyes came to the notice of younger audiences when she starred as Aunt Sponge in James and the Giant Peach. During the same time she played the Nurse in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Around this time, she voiced the rabbit character in the animated commercials for Cadbury's Caramel bars and provided the voice of Fly the dog in the Australian-American family film Babe, she played Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002. In her 2011 interview on The Graham Norton Show, in regards to her fellow cast, Margoyles claimed that she liked Maggie Smith, but rather bluntly admitted that she, "Didn’t like the one that died", meaning Richard Harris, to great shock from the audience.
In 2004, Margolyes played the role of Peg Sellers, the mother of Peter Sellers, in the Golden Globe winning film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. She was one of the original cast of the London production of the musical Wicked in 2006, playing Madame Morrible opposite Idina Menzel, a role she played on Broadway in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in a new production of Endgame by Samuel Beckett at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End. Margolyes voiced the role of Mrs. Plithiver, a blind snake in 3D-animated-epic film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole in 2010. Margolyes reprised her role as Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011, she played recurring character Prudence Stanley in the Australian-based TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries from 2012 to 2015. In 2014, she voiced Nana in the Disney Junior animated series for pre-school-age viewers Nina Needs to Go! In January 2016, she appeared in The Real Marigold Hotel, a travel documentary in which a group of eight celebrities travel to India to see whether retirement would be more rewarding there than in the UK.
The series was reprised for two Christmas Specials The Real Marigold On Tour, from Florida and Kyoto. She narrated the 2016 ITV documentary about Lady Colin Campbell entitled the Castle. In December 2017, she appeared in the second season of The Real Marigold On Tour to Chengdu and Havana. In January 2018, Margolyes hosted a three-part series for the BBC titled Miriam's Big American Adventure, highlighting the citizens of the USA and the issues facing the nation. Margolyes is a supporter of Sense and was the host at the first Sense Creative Writing Awards, held at the Charles Dickens Museum in London in December 2006, where she read a number of works written by talented deafblind people. In 2011, Margolyes recorded a narrative for the album The Devil's Brides by klezmer musician-ethnographer Yale Strom. Margolyes is a lesbian. On becoming an Australian citizen, on Australia Day 2013, Margolyes referred to herself as a "dyke" live on national television and in front of the Prime Minister
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is a 2002 British romantic comedy film written and directed by Shane Meadows, starring Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke, Ricky Tomlinson and Shirley Henderson. It is set in the East Midlands region of England. Set in Nottinghamshire, Dek proposes to his girlfriend Shirley on TV; when Jimmy, "the great love of her life" and father of her daughter Marlene, sees this, he returns in an attempt to win back her heart. However, after deserting his friends in Scotland during an unsuccessful robbery of some clowns, his friends turn against him and come to the Midlands to try to track him down. In the end, Shirley professes her love for Dek. Robert Carlyle – Jimmy, Carol's foster brother, Shirley's ex-husband and Marlene's father Vanessa Feltz – Herself Ricky Tomlinson – Charlie, Carol's estranged husband Kathy Burke – Carol, Jimmy's foster sister Vicki Patterson – Audience Guest Shirley Henderson – Shirley, Jimmy's ex-wife and Marlene's mother Finn Atkins – Marlene and Shirley's daughter Kelly Thresher – Donna, Carol's daughter Rhys Ifans – Dek, Shirley's boyfriend Andrew Shim – Donut, Donna's boyfriend Ryan Bruce – Emerson and Charlie's son and Lake and Donna's brother Eliot Otis Brown Walters – Lake and Charlie's son and Emerson and Donna's brother Anthony Strachan – Jumbo David McKay – Dougy James Cosmo – Billy This is the third time that Carlyle has worked with Henderson.
The second time he has worked with Ifans and the fourth time he has worked with Tomlinson. Gijón International Film Festival 2002Nominated: Best Feature – Shane Meadows Once Upon a Time in the Midlands on IMDb Once Upon a Time in the Midlands. Guardian film of the week
Elizabeth is a 1998 British biographical drama film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, starring Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England, alongside Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, John Gielgud, Fanny Ardant, Richard Attenborough. The film is based on the early years of Elizabeth's reign, where she is elevated to the throne after the death of her half-sister Mary I, who had imprisoned her; as her early years continue, she faces threats to take her down. The film earned positive reviews from critics, who praised the production merits and performances of its cast. Blanchett's performance earned critical acclaim, she won several awards for her portrayal of Elizabeth, notably a BAFTA and a Golden Globe in 1998. The film was named the 1998 BAFTA Award for Best British Film and was nominated for seven awards at the 71st Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress, winning Best Makeup. In 2007, Blanchett and Rush reprised their roles in Kapur's follow-up film Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which covers the part of Elizabeth's reign.
In 1558, Catholic Queen Mary dies of a uterine tumour. Mary's Protestant half-sister, under house arrest for conspiracy charges, is freed and crowned the Queen of England; as briefed by her adviser William Cecil, Elizabeth inherits a distressed England besieged by debts, crumbling infrastructure, hostile neighbours and treasonous nobles within her administration, chief among them the Duke of Norfolk. Cecil advises Elizabeth to marry, produce an heir, secure her rule. Unimpressed with her suitors, Elizabeth delays her decision and continues her secret affair with Lord Robert Dudley while Cecil appoints Francis Walsingham, a Protestant exile returned from France, to act as Elizabeth's bodyguard and adviser. Mary of Guise lands an additional 4,000 French troops in neighbouring Scotland. Unfamiliar with military strategy and browbeaten by Norfolk at the war council, Elizabeth orders a military response, which proves disastrous when the younger, ill-trained English forces are defeated by the professional French soldiers.
Walsingham tells Elizabeth that Catholic lords and priests intentionally deprived Elizabeth's army of proper soldiers and used their defeat to argue for Elizabeth's removal. Realizing the depth of the conspiracy against her and her dwindling options, Elizabeth accepts Mary of Guise's conditions, to consider marrying her nephew Henry of France. To stabilize her rule and heal England's religious divisions, Elizabeth proposes the Act of Uniformity, which unites English Christians under the Church of England and severs their connection to the Vatican. In response to the Act's passage, the Vatican sends a priest to England to aid Norfolk and his cohorts in their growing plot to overthrow Elizabeth. Unaware of the plot, Elizabeth meets Henry of France but ignores his advances in favour of Lord Robert. William Cecil confronts Elizabeth over her indecisiveness about marrying and reveals Lord Robert is married to another woman. Elizabeth rejects Henry's marriage proposal when she discovers he is a cross-dresser and confronts Lord Robert about his secrets, fracturing their idyllic affair and banishing him from her private residence.
Elizabeth survives an assassination attempt. Elizabeth sends Walsingham to secretly meet with Mary in Scotland, under the guise of once again planning to marry Henry. Instead, Walsingham assassinates Guise; when William Cecil orders her to solidify relations with the Spanish, Elizabeth dismisses him from her service, choosing instead to follow her own counsel. Walsingham warns of another plot to kill Elizabeth spearheaded by the priest from Rome carrying letters of conspiracy. Under Elizabeth's orders, Walsingham apprehends the priest who divulges the names of the conspirators and a Vatican agreement to elevate Norfolk to the English crown if he weds Mary, Queen of Scots. Walsingham arrests executes him and every conspirator except Lord Robert. Elizabeth grants Lord Robert his life as a reminder to herself to never be blinded by romance again. Drawing inspiration from the divine, Elizabeth cuts her hair and models her appearance after the Virgin Mary. Proclaiming herself married to England, she ascends the throne as "the Virgin Queen".
The costuming and shot composition of the coronation scene are based on Elizabeth's coronation portrait. Kapur's original choice for the role was Emily Watson. Cate Blanchett was chosen to play Elizabeth after Kapur saw a trailer of Lucinda. According to the director's commentary, Kapur mentioned that the role of the Pope was offered to, accepted by, Marlon Brando. However, plans changed when Kapur noted that many on set would be concerned that Brando would be sharing the set with them for two days; when Gielgud had taken the role, Kapur at one point suggested that the Pope's accent should be Italian. A large proportion of the indoor filming, representing the royal palace, was conducted in various corners of Durham Cathedral—its unique nave pillars are identifiable; the film was received well by critics and the public, it holds an 81% "fresh" rating on film aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes based on 59 film critic reviews. The site's consensus was: "No mere historical drama, Elizabeth is a rich, suspenseful journey into the heart of British Royal politics and features a outstanding performance from Cate Blanchett."
The film takes considerable factual liberties and misconstrues se