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Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England.
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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 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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Taglines:

Men go to battle. Women wage war.

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bijela kraljica See more »

Filming Locations:

Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium See more »

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£25,000,000 (estimated)
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(10 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Caroline Goodall is the only actor/actress to be featured in both "The White Queen" and the follow-up series, "The White Princess". See more »

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The 15th century married women always used to wear headdresses (caps, veils, turbans) in public. See more »

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The White Queen (BBC1) - Review
10 July 2013 | by Mouth BoxSee all my reviews

So, some woman called Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson) goes and stands underneath a big oak tree in a forest. Edward IV rides past, take one look, and instantly falls in love with her.

This man is Elizabeth's sworn enemy, and the murderer of several members of her family, but despite this fact she also falls instantly in love with him. For some reason.

I Googled this historical event to see if it really took place under a tree in a forest and it seems it didn't. In real life, they met in a room. But wherever Liz and Eddie ("Leddie"?) first bumped into each other, had this meeting not occurred there would have been no Henry VIII. Because Elizabeth Woodville was fat old King Harry's grandmother. Such, my children, is the role of sex in history.

Set in 1464, during the Wars of the Roses, The White Queen (BBC1) is quite simply rubbish. The writing is woeful, the performances are wooden, and there are more historical errors than you could shake a polystyrene broadsword at.

Max Irons as Edward IV looks more Eton First XI than majestic, and James Frain as Lord Warwick appears to be an evil reincarnation of Gareth Hunt from The New Avengers. This is dark, curly perm acting at its most inscrutable.

Here we have another highly anticipated Sunday night costume drama crashing and burning because the BBC once again stubbornly refuses to spend our hard earned license money on decent scriptwriters. As usual the characters spend the whole time telling each other things they already know. "But he is your five year old son". "But I am this boy's mother." "But Edward, you are the King of England!". "But Sire, she is your twice married sister ." The Beeb still haven't noticed, but people in the real world don't speak like that. There is no sense of reality in this series, no feeling of actually being there. Only an endless, cringe-making string of crass backstory pick-ups, thinly researched historical facts and figures, and the occasional erect nipple to keep us watching.

Scriptwriting for Dummies: Day One: Lesson One: NEVER HAVE YOUR CHARACTERS TELL EACH OTHER THINGS THEY ALREADY KNOW! If you want to see good historical drama writing, I suggest you watch re-runs of I Claudius. The make-up may have been terrible, the sets might have been made out of cardboard, but every script was lovingly crafted by a real, card-carrying author. Not by a dreary, lazy hack writer who would clearly be more at home writing a Wiki page about minor English kings and their mistresses.

Where have all the real writers gone? I'll tell you. They're sitting at home on their own writing novels, because they are sick to the back teeth of having to deal with the new generation of pimply, useless, Excel-driven BBC Drama executives who wouldn't recognise a great script if it jumped out of a jiffy bag on their desk and clamped itself to their face like a newly birthed Alien on the good ship Nostromo.

The person who commissioned The White Queen should go and stand underneath an oak tree and wait for a proper writer to go past.


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