UKTV has snapped up exclusive UK rights to The White Princess, the follow-up to 2013’s The White Queen which scooped a host of Golden Globe and Emmy award nominations.
Produced by Lionsgate for US cable network STARZ, the series is based on Philippa Gregory’s 2013 novel of the same name and stars Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster, Thirteen), Suki Waterhouse (The Bad Batch) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones).
The series picks up the story as the tumultuous War of the Roses comes to an end and a new generation ascends to the throne in a tale of power, political clashes, family, love and betrayal.
A fragile peace is achieved when former king, Richard III, is defeated at the Battle of Bosworth. The victor, Henry Tudor, soon to be King Henry VII (Jacob Collins-Levy), is married to Elizabeth (Comer) – a princess from a rival house and Richard III’s former lover.
With her sister, Cecily of York (Waterhouse), Elizabeth matches wits and wills with Lady Margaret Beaufort (Fairley), King Henry VII’s mother. They each manoeuvre to gain his trust.
Meanwhile Lizzie’s mother, Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville (Essie Davis), struggles with rumours that her long-lost son Prince Richard (Ned Elliot) is alive.
Elizabeth is forced to choose between her new Tudor husband and the boy who could be her own blood and the rightful York King…
The series will air on UKTV’s Drama channel and launches as a double bill on Saturday 18th November from 9pm.
Viewers will also be able to rewatch The White Queen – which originally aired on BBC One – from Sunday 15 October.
UKTV’s general manager of Drama, Adrian Wills, said: “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with Lionsgate.
“This gripping series, told from the perspective of three noblewomen waging an ongoing battle for the throne, has a superb cast and fantastic production talent.
“Its high end production values and incredible storytelling make The White Princess a fantastic addition to Drama’s growing slate of new and exclusive shows.”
Peter Iacono, President, International Television and Digital Distribution, Lionsgate, added: “The White Princess is a further example of Lionsgate’s premium programming travelling to leading platforms across the globe.
“We are particularly pleased that UK viewers will have the opportunity to discover this exceptional drama series, set in England, on UKTV.”