Preview – Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents

Queen Elizabeth I

Featuring interviews with historians and theatrical reconstructions, this three-part documentary series uncovers the secret network behind Queen Elizabeth I’s 40-year reign and tells the story of the world’s first secret service run by Robert and William Cecil.

After the Pope declared the Queen a heretic, 12 years into her reign, plots from Catholic assassins started to arise. Cecil’s network is put on high alert by intelligence from a source in Catholic Europe when it is discovered that there is a plan to assassinate Elizabeth and replace her with her cousin Mary Queen of Scots.

Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents, Monday, 9 pm – BBC Two

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