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2/4: The young queen, though adored up and down the nation, finds herself at odds with her own court as she spurns marriage to a foreign prince in favour of a deeply unpopular relationship with Robert Dudley.
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(Dexter Fletcher reappears in Hotel Babylon on Thursday at 9pm)
Drama: The Virgin Queen 9.00pm BBC1
Queen Elizabeth's court is alive with gossip and intrigue, thanks to cute Robert Dudley's overt and very public flirtations with Elizabeth, in the second episode of this compelling drama.
But Dudley is a married man with an ailing wife. She knows full well what her husband is up to, and cautions him about his behaviour. But she, and we, know that it is all going to end badly.
For her part, Elizabeth (Anne-Marie Duff) is becoming increasingly fed up at her advisers' attempts to marry her off to just about any crowned European head who'll have her: "It is England I married!" Good for you, your majesty. (Alison Graham)
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