period: Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

This ITV mini-series tells the story of the older Elizabeth I (Helen Mirren) and what may, or may not have been, her affair with the much younger Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, which ended with the latter’s beheading.

This was one of two competing UK mini-series on Elizabeth: the other covering all of her reign featured Anne Marie Duff.

The makeup

Fae Hammond was makeup designer; Su Westwood, Gemma Richards & Jane Hope-Kavanagh were hair & makeup artists.