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The White Queen 

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Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th-century England.
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Aneurin Barnard ...  Richard Duke of Gloucester / ... 10 episodes, 2013
Rebecca Ferguson ...  Queen Elizabeth / ... 10 episodes, 2013
Amanda Hale ...  Lady Margaret Beaufort 10 episodes, 2013
Faye Marsay ...  Anne Neville 10 episodes, 2013
Max Irons ...  King Edward / ... 9 episodes, 2013
Ben Lamb ...  Anthony Rivers 8 episodes, 2013
Tom McKay ...  Jasper Tudor 8 episodes, 2013
Juliet Aubrey ...  Countess of Warwick 7 episodes, 2013
David Oakes ...  George Duke of Clarence 7 episodes, 2013
Eleanor Tomlinson ...  Isabel Neville 7 episodes, 2013
Caroline Goodall ...  Duchess Cecily 6 episodes, 2013
Janet McTeer ...  Jacquetta Woodville 6 episodes, 2013
Eve Ponsonby ...  Mary Woodville 6 episodes, 2013
Pieter D'Hondt Pieter D'Hondt ...  Royal Guard / ... 6 episodes, 2013
James Frain ...  Lord Warwick 5 episodes, 2013
Rupert Graves ...  Lord Thomas Stanley 5 episodes, 2013
Michael Maloney ...  Henry Stafford 5 episodes, 2013
Otto Farrant ...  Thomas Grey 5 episodes, 2013
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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 Official site

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Men go to battle. Women wage war.

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Some viewers may note similar themes and scenes between this series and "Game of Thrones". George RR Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, on which "Game of Thrones" is based, loosely based his series on the War of the Roses, which this series is also based on. See more »

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Elizabeth Woodville's nails are clearly fake. See more »

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Featured in 71st Golden Globe Awards (2014) See more »

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An excellent melodrama that improves with each installment
11 July 2013 | by phantom_fan89See all my reviews

If you are of the disposition to enjoy extravagant production values, a handsome cast and plots compromised of devious political maneuvering, then it will be easy to appreciate BBC One's epic saga The White Queen for the rollicking good drama that it is. If, however, you are a narc for period accuracy, it's probably best to stick to the history channel.

Adapted from the best selling novel series The Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory, the show is set during the War Of The Roses, a conflict between the House of York and The House of Lancaster for the throne of England.

The subtext of the series revolves around the plight of medieval women, a fate fraught with perils equal to anything that their male counterparts faced on the battlefield. It's an oppressive, violent and often soul destroying existence from which not even the nobles from which the series draws it's focus are spared. In this way the The White Queen surprisingly possesses quite an insular focus despite the scope of the events that play out around the main characters. Interpersonal dynamics and the quest for personal power are the main factors that propel the narrative.

The pilot episode has actually been the weakest thus far, mainly serving the purpose of character introductions and setting the foundation of the central romance between Elizabeth Woodville and King Edward IV. This is not say that it is without merit, as the episode acts as an intriguing appetizer of promised delights to come. Initial patience is soon rewarded as the subsequent installments have upped the anti ten fold. Admittedly creative license has been taken in regards to a number of events, but there is no denying that The White Queen is thrilling melodrama nevertheless.

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UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium See more »

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GBP25,000,000 (estimated)
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(10 parts)

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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