But beyond my fascination with the events of that time, "The Virgin Queen" is no staid costume drama. In large part because of Anne Marie Duff, who plays Elizabeth. She is a monstrously talented actor, who doesn't just inhabit the character of Elizabeth. She commands your attention, and her performance doesn't just acknowledge the actors around her, she dominates them. She lit up the first two seasons of Shameless such that even though it remains excellent without her, there's still a hole precisely her size left in the show. She's not pretty, but she's beautiful, with enormous, expressive eyes. She can make her point with a slight shift of those eyes, or equally with subtle physical gestures, or in her walk.
Anyway, those in the US, jump on it next Sunday. What else you going to do?