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A portrayal of one of the most dramatic and turbulent times in English history. A story of love and lust, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, it is uniquely told through the perspective of three different, yet equally relentless women - Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. In their quest for power, they will scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne. The year is 1464, before the Tudor dynasty ruled the country, and war has been ravaging throughout England over who is the rightful King. It is a bitter dispute between two sides of the same family, The House of York and The House of Lancaster. The House of York's young and handsome Edward IV is crowned King of England with the help of the master manipulator, Lord Warwick "The Kingmaker." But when Edward falls in love with a beautiful Lancastrian commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick's plan to control the throne comes crashing down. A violent, high-stakes struggle ensues between ... Written by
In an astounding coincidence, Emma Frost, the writer of "The White Queen" BBC series, shares her name with a famous Marvel Comics "X-men" character, "Emma Frost, the White Queen," a member of the mutant clans. Yet this show, based on 15th-century historical personages, is in no way related to Marvel Comics or the mutants. See more »
In various scenes, Henry Stafford(Michael Maloney) is seen with English Pointer dogs. This particular breed didn't exist during the 15th century. The English Pointer breed was created during the early/mid 17th century, mixing various mastiff breeds (including the "great Dane") and the Spanish "perdiguero". See more »
If people want to complain about this being historically inaccurate then they should try Shakespeare for size... There are character conflations and timeline adjustments in the interests of narrative clarity, but the historical outline is preserved.
A BBC Budget is never going to bring the sumptuous splendours of late medieval England alive before our eyes, and frankly I am not going to be to be too fussed if Elizabeth is wearing cosmetics that were not available at the time, so long as the series works as drama. It is probably fair to say though that make-up, costumes, and set dressing could, and probably should, have been better, while lighting and camera work do not do much to help paper over the cracks.
Given the dynastic complexity, the serving up of some fairly gristly chunks of exposition is inevitable, and in fact the script does a solid job of making the tangled web of interconnections comprehensible. To the person who cited I Claudius as the way it should be done, that had a narrator, which in this instance is a cheat unavailable to the adaptor. Having said that, some of Jack Pullman's pith and wit would not have gone amiss.
Two big narrative decisions did not quite come off, both presumably taken from Gregory's novels: the first is to see the bloody dynastic struggles of the Wars of the Roses through an entirely female prism; the second is the use of magic to give the women a more empowered role.
I am not sure that any of the senior cast members will be highlighting this series on their CVs. Janet McTeer and Michael Maloney are wonderful actors, but they have seldom been less commanding on screen. However, Caroline Goodall as Duchess Cecily and Rupert Graves as Lord Stanley do have some pantomime villain fun with their roles.
The younger actors though seem to lack the dramatic chops to carry the weight of the story. Rebecca Ferguson is a pretty girl in a very modern style but I did not buy her as the captivating intriguer who twisted a king about her little finger, nor could I see the rather lumpen Max Irons as the charismatic sun king Edward. Aneurin Barnard at least looks the part as Richard, but comes across as a bit wet, while Faye Marsay as a mousey Anne Neville only begins to become interesting with age and bitterness.
On the plus side David Oakes is quite fun as George, while Amanda Hale gives a compelling performance as Margaret Beaufort.
Not a disaster by any means, but there is a better drama series to be made about the Cousins' War.
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