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Key portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in a dress covered in eyes and ears which represents her spy network.
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Key portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in a dress covered in eyes and ears which represents her spy network.

Stream now or tune in Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 from 10 p.m. - Monday, Nov. 16 at 1 a.m. on KPBS TV

Uncover the secret state that helped keep Queen Elizabeth I in power for more than 40 years in this three-part series. During a time when Britain was divided, unstable and violent, the world’s first secret service was born.

"Wonderfully dark and gossipy...This absorbing look at the complicated intrigues in and around Elizabeth I’s court is so dramatic it feels like a 16th-century Homeland."The Radio Times

"Gripping"The Times



Episode 1 repeats Sunday, Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. - William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I's spy master, intercepts a conspiracy to assassinate the queen. When he learns that Elizabeth's own cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, is behind the plot, he lays a trap to capture and execute her.

Episode 2 repeats Sunday, Nov. 15 at 11 p.m. - Elizabeth’s enemies grow in strength, but her spymaster Robert Cecil also fights an enemy within. An ambitious aristocrat is trying to take over his network. At stake is control over the aging queen and the power to choose the next King of England.

Episode 3 repeats Monday, Nov. 16 at 12 a.m. - England has a new monarch, King James I, and Elizabeth’s former spymaster Robert Cecil faces his toughest test. A group of religious extremists plans to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the king inside — what we call the Gunpowder Plot.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH'S SECRET AGENTS was produced by 72 Films. Series Producer/Director is Chris Durlacher. Producer: Bernadette Ross. Drama Director: Julian Jones. Executive Producers: David Glover and Mark Raphael.