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The White Queen (TV series)
British historical drama television series
The White Queen is a British historical drama television drama serial developed for BBC One. It is based on Philippa Gregory's historical novel series The Cousins' War (The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Kingmaker's Daughter). The first episode premiered on BBC One on 16 June 2013 in the United Kingdom. It was first broadcast in the United States on Starz on 9 August 2013.
The drama is set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses and presents the story of the women involved in the long conflict for the throne of England. It starts in 1464; the nation has been at war for nine years fighting over who is the rightful king as two sides of the same family, the House of York and the House of Lancaster, contest the throne. The story follows three women, Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, who manipulate events behind the scenes of history to gain power. Elizabeth Woodville is the protagonist in the novel The White Queen, and Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville are the focus of the novels The Red Queen and The Kingmaker's Daughter; the three characters appear in the three novels that make up the television drama.
The final episode of The White Queen aired on 18 August 2013 and the drama was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc the following day. Two days later, it was confirmed that The White Queen would not be returning for a second series. In a statement to Broadcast, the BBC stated that the show was always planned as a one-series serial miniseries. In October 2013, The Telegraph reported that Starz planned to develop a sequel called The White Princess, based on Gregory's 2013 novel of the same name. Gregory confirmed that the project was underway in August 2015. On 7 February 2016, Gregory announced on Facebook that the sequel was officially confirmed to be in production, with the scripts being written. On 15 March 2018, Starz announced that it would create a continuation of The White Queen and The White Princess to be titled The Spanish Princess, which would be based on Gregory's novels The Constant Princess and The King's Curse and centre on Catherine of Aragon.
The White Queen was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards and a People's Choice Award.
- Juliet Aubrey as Lady Anne Beauchamp, Countess of Warwick, wife of Warwick and mother to Lady Isabel and Lady Anne
- Veerle Baetens as Margaret of Anjou, queen consort to Henry VI of England
- Aneurin Barnard as Richard III of England
- Leo Bill as Sir Reginald Bray
- Emily Berrington as Jane Shore, Edward IV's mistress
- Ashley Charles as Thomas Grey, the eldest son of Elizabeth Woodville and Sir John Grey of Groby
- Dean-Charles Chapman as Richard Grey, son of Elizabeth Woodville and Sir John Grey of Groby
- Arthur Darvill as Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
- Shaun Dooley as Sir Robert Brackenbury
- Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville, the "White Queen" and consort to Edward IV
- James Frain as Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, "the Kingmaker"
- Caroline Goodall as Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, mother of Edward, George, and Richard
- Andrew Gower as Lord Strange, son of Lord Stanley
- Rupert Graves as Lord Stanley, the fourth husband of Lady Margaret Beaufort
- Amanda Hale as Lady Margaret Beaufort, "the Red Queen", mother of Henry Tudor, a great-granddaughter of John, Duke of Lancaster
- Max Irons as Edward IV of England
- Michael Jenn as Dr Lewis
- Ben Lamb as Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers
- Michael Maloney as Sir Henry Stafford, third husband of Lady Margaret Beaufort
- Michael Marcus as Henry Tudor, later Henry VII of England; son and heir of Lady Margaret Beaufort by Sir Edmund Tudor
- Faye Marsay as Lady Anne Neville, "the Kingmaker's Daughter" and queen consort to Richard III
- Freya Mavor as Elizabeth of York, eldest daughter and child to Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville
- Lizzy McInnerny as Lady Sutcliffe
- Tom McKay as Jasper Tudor, half-brother of Henry VI, brother-in-law to Lady Margaret Beaufort and uncle to Henry Tudor
- Janet McTeer as Jacquetta, Lady Rivers, Elizabeth Woodville's mother
- David Oakes as George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV
- Eve Ponsonby as Mary Woodville
- Robert Pugh as Baron Rivers (later Earl Rivers), father of Elizabeth Woodville
- Frances Tomelty as Lady Beauchamp, mother of Lady Margaret Beaufort
- Eleanor Tomlinson as Lady Isabel Neville, Duchess of Clarence, wife of George, Duke of Clarence and elder sister of Lady Anne Neville
- Rupert Young as Sir William Herbert, Lord Pembroke
The large majority of the cast is British, but since the drama was shot in Belgium, several local actors are featured: Veerle Baetens, Jurgen Delnaet, Joren Seldeslachts, Elsa Houben, Ben Forceville and Ben Van den Heuvel all appear in the serial. Rebecca Ferguson who portrays Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen, is from Sweden (her mother is originally from England).
The budget was £25 million and took 120 days to shoot, consisting of 250 sets including: dungeons, palaces, castles, 12 state banquets and at least two coronations.
Filming began in September 2012 and lasted until March 2013.
Two versions were made, one for the BBC and a more sexually explicit version for the US.
A companion two-part documentary series, The Real White Queen and Her Rivals, presented by Philippa Gregory, was made to accompany the series. It was broadcast on BBC Two on 17 and 24 July 2013.
The White Queen was filmed on location in Belgium, where several landmarks in Bruges and Ghent represent locations in London and elsewhere:
The Starz episode title is shown below the original BBC title if different. Final UK episode ratings from Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.
A number of anachronisms and historical inaccuracies received attention, especially in the costumes and locations used. Pat Stacey of the Irish Evening Herald, said that "the historical howlers are piling up like bodies on a battlefield, week after week", comparing it to the "flaws" spotted by "nitpickers" in Downton Abbey and Foyle's War.
Bernadette McNulty, of The Daily Telegraph, commented that in the final episode, the Battle of Bosworth Field appears to take place in a forest rather than a field. Mary McNamara, of the LA Times, states that in order to fit thirty years of history into ten episodes, "years collapse into minutes, intricate policy is condensed into cardboard personalities, and the characters are swiftly categorized as good or evil".
Others questioned the depiction of the major characters. Amy Licence, Cecily's biographer, states that Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, is portrayed in the first episode as "straight from the pages of a novel rather than the actual proud aristocrat who asserted her own right to rule". Historian Michael Hicks commented, "They've fiddled with the chronology" but added, "I can see why they decided to restrict the cast of characters, and play up the rivalry between Elizabeth and the Earl of Warwick", and also said "As with Philippa Gregory's source novels, they've done their research".
In response to criticisms of the series being "ahistorical", Gregory stated that
"What [BBC One and Starz] wanted was not a historical series based on the documents from the War of the Roses. They wanted my take on it, so that's what they got."
Aneurin Barnard (who played Richard) stated, with regard to inaccuracies,
"...the truth can be pretty boring. You have to up the stakes and make something up or twist it to make it a little bit more exciting".
On Metacritic the show has a score of 70 based on reviews from 14 critics.
Reception in the UK
In the UK the critical reception was described as “mixed at best” and 'mostly scathing'. Sam Wollaston of The Guardian praised the characters, suggesting Janet McTeer (Jacquetta) stole the show. He also praised the romantic elements, commenting "Mmmm, steamy". Gerard O'Donovan of The Daily Telegraph praised the casting of the supporting characters and the exciting "lust and vengeance" fuelling the drama, but objected to the prettified portrayal of 15th century England.The Independent's Tom Sutcliffe found it "less historically plausible than Game of Thrones", but concluded that "I’m sure it will give innocent pleasure to many". Barbara Ellen in The Observer, compared the show to "a strange Timotei advert, featuring fornication, shouting, horses, armour", whilst commenting that the sex scenes, toned down in the British version, "were so vanilla, I ended up fancying an ice cream".
Reviewing the final episode for The Daily Telegraph, Bernadette McNulty stated that the series, "fell between two stools—not serious enough for the scholars nor glitzy enough for the Game of Thrones fans". The ratings were however good. The first episode received 6 million viewers, stabilising at around the 4–4.5 million mark from the second episode, although occasionally it dipped below this on first broadcast figures.
Reception in the US
The White Queen received generally mixed reviews after airing on the Starz network on 10 August 2013. Joanne Ostrow of The Denver Post described the drama as "Sexy, empowering and violent". Linda Stasi of the New York Post agreed that the programme was a hit, saying "The White Queen [is] a royal winner". It was again unfavourably compared to HBO's high budget and fast-paced Game of Thrones. In comparison to Game of Thrones Neil Genzlinger speculated that "even if dragons were allowed, they’d mostly be lounging around and, between bouts of relatively tame dragon sex, talking about eating people rather than actually eating them". The performances of Janet McTeer and James Frain were praised by several American reviewers. Amanda Hale, despite receiving praise for her performance by British reviewers, was unfavourably reviewed by US critic Matthew Gilbert. He said "There were moments when I rolled my eyes—Amanda Hale, as the mother of young Henry Tudor, looks as if she is going to explode with ill intent. Really, her performance could be transposed into a Mel Brooks spoof". Louise Mellor of Den of Geek added "Why does Lady Margaret Beaufort constantly look like she is sucking on a Murray Mint?"TV Guide writer Matt Roush praised Hale's performance as "intense", and favoured the drama, labelling it as "fun", and on a one to ten scale, ranking it at seven.
The White Queen was nominated three times at the 71st Golden Globe Awards, with acting nominations for Ferguson and McTeer and an overall nomination for the miniseries in the Best Miniseries or Television Film category.
The White Queen was nominated for several awards including three Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards and a People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries.
71st Golden Globe Awards (2014)
- Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television – (Rebecca Ferguson)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – (Janet McTeer)
66th Primetime Emmy Awards (2014)
66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2014)
- Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) – For episode: " The Final Battle"
- Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special – For episode: "The Price of Power"
- Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie
40th People's Choice Awards (2014)
- Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries
2014 Saturn Awards – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
- SBest Television Release on DVD/Blu-ray
2014 ASC Award – American Society of Cinematographers
- Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Television Movie/Mini-Series – David Luther for Episode: "War at First Hand" (nomination)
OFTA Television Awards 2014 – Online Film & Television Association
Satellite Awards 2013
- Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Home media releases
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|The complete series||4||2013||10||4 February 2014||19 August 2013||n/a||BBC version in region 2|
|Blu-ray title||Discs||Year||Episodes||Blu-ray Disc release||Notes|
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|The complete series||3||2013||10||4 February 2014||19 August 2013||n/a||BBC version in region B|
The White Princess
Main article: The White Princess (miniseries)
Despite initial plans for a follow-up series, on 20 August 2013 the BBC announced they were not commissioning one, possibly due to the lukewarm reception the series received. However, in October 2013,The Telegraph reported that Starz was planning to develop a sequel miniseries called The White Princess, based on Gregory's 2013 novel of the same name.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht announced in January 2014 that the network was working with White Queen screenwriter Emma Frost on the project. Starz would produce the White Princess miniseries without involvement from the BBC. Gregory confirmed that the project was underway in August 2015. On 7 February 2016, Gregory announced on Facebook that the sequel was officially confirmed to be in production, with the scripts being written. Production on the eight-episode miniseries began in June 2016. It aired weekly on Starz from 6 April to 4 June 2017.
The Spanish Princess
Main article: The Spanish Princess
On 15 March 2018, Starz announced that it would create a continuation of The White Queen and The White Princess to be titled The Spanish Princess, which would be based on Gregory's novels The Constant Princess and The King's Curse and centre on Catherine of Aragon. It premiered on 5 May 2019.
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The White Queen
Brother turns on brother. The throne of England is at stake. The deadly Wars of the Roses have begun. . . ."They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women."Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beaBrother turns on brother. The throne of England is at stake. The deadly Wars of the Roses have begun. . . ."They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women."Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, secretly marries the newly crowned boy king. While she rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become the central figures in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London. Philippa Gregory brings the artistry and intellect of a master writer and storyteller to a new era in history and begins what is sure to be another bestselling classic series....more
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Published August 18th 2009 by Atria Books
The White Queen
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White Queen (Through the Looking-Glass)
Fictional character from Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass
The White Queen is a fictional character who appears in Lewis Carroll's 1871 fantasy novel Through the Looking-Glass.
Along with her husband the White King, she is one of the first characters to be seen in the story. She first appears in the drawing room just beyond the titular looking-glass as an animate chesspiece unable to see or hear Alice, the main character. The Queen is looking for her daughter Lily; Alice helps her by lifting the White Queen and King onto the table, leading them to believe they were thrown up by an invisible volcano.
When Alice meets the Red Queen and joins the chess game, she takes the place of a white pawn, Lily being too young to play. She does not meet the White Queen as a human-sized character until the Fifth Square. The White Queen lives backwards in time, due to the fact that she lives through the eponymous looking glass. Her behaviour is odd to Alice. She offers Alice "jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam to-day." She screams in pain until, rather than because, she pricks her thumb on her brooch, and tells Alice of the King's messenger who has been imprisoned for a crime he will later be tried for and perhaps (but not definitely) commit in the end. The White Queen, aside from telling Alice things that she finds difficult to believe (one being that she is just over 101 years old) says that in her youth she could believe "six impossible things before breakfast" and counsels Alice to practice the same skill. The meeting ends with the Queen seeming to turn into a bespectacled sheep who sits at a counter in a shop as Alice passes into the next square on the board. The Sheep is somewhat different from the Queen in terms of personality and gets "more like a porcupine every time [Alice] looks at her" because she knits with several knitting needles all at once. Two of these needles turn into oars when Alice appears in a boat, and then reappear in the Sheep's shop, where Alice purchases an egg, which becomes Humpty Dumpty as she moves to the next square.
In Chapter 9, the White Queen appears with the Red Queen, posing a series of typical Wonderland/Looking-Glass questions ("Divide a loaf by a knife: what's the answer to that?"), and then celebrating Alice's promotion from pawn to queen. When that celebration goes awry, the White Queen seems to flee the scene by disappearing into a tureen of soup. Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice points out that the White King is at the time in check from the Red Queen. Alice proceeds to "capture" the Red Queen and checkmate the Red King, ending the game. The White Queen is not seen again, except as one of Alice's white cats, who Alice speculates may have influenced the dream.
In other media
The White Queen has been portrayed in various TV and film productions by actresses including Carol Channing, Penelope Wilton, Nanette Fabray, Anne Hathaway and Brenda Bruce.
In Sandra the Fairytale Detective, her name is Victoria because she is the Queen of Victory.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Main article: Alice in Wonderland (2010 film)
Anne Hathaway portrays the White Queen (renamed "Mirana of Marmoreal") in Tim Burton's 2010 adaptation alongside Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth, the Red Queen; they are portrayed as sisters. The White Queen's soldiers appear in white armor inspired by chess pieces while The Red Queen's appear in armour made to resemble cards. Mirana's delicate exterior is reinforced by her habit of holding her hands gracefully at shoulder height in almost every scene in which she appears. But her black fingernail polish and the dark circles under her eyes, as well as her nonchalance about certain potion ingredients ("buttered fingers"), hint at a more complex character under the surface. Additionally, she is portrayed as a beautiful young woman with white blonde hair, a flawless complexion and air of elegance, grace and perfection.
In the movie, Iracebeth has banished her sister from "Underland" out of jealousy; Mirana, having taken a vow never to harm another living thing, is helpless to fight back and must wait years for the "Frabjous Day," when a "champion" will arrive and slay the Jabberwocky, Iracebeth's fearsome pet. That champion arrives in Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now a young woman, who initially thinks she is having a recurring dream. By the film's climax, however, Alice accepts her destiny and slays the Jabberwocky, restoring rulership of Wonderland to the White Queen. Mirana banishes her sister and bids Alice goodbye. After Alice remarks that Mirana cannot imagine the horror that goes on inside the Red Queen's castle, Mirana - whilst holding a knife - coldly replies, "Oh yes, I can." Mirana apparently is not above cruel punishment such as having her sister exiled to the Outlands for the rest of her days where nobody is to show her kindness or say a word to her. Mirana also had the Knave of Hearts unwillingly kept in Iracebeth's company for the rest of his life.
Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016)
Main article: Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016 film)
While the first film borrows elements from both of Lewis Carroll's novels, the sequel introduces characters not featured in those novels. The story is entirely different to Carroll's novel and centers on the origin of Mad Hatter and the feud between Mirana and Iracebeth. At the end of the film, the sisters make amends.
- The character of Genevieve Heart in Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars series is considered a re-imagining of the White Queen.
- The main antagonist of the manga and anime series Pandora Hearts, known as the Will of the Abyss, is based on the White Queen in appearance and mannerisms, and is also identical to another character named Alice, who is based on the Red Queen. It's soon revealed that Alice is her twin sister and her name is also Alice but it's Jack who is the true antagonist and she is the vessel of the Core of the Abyss.
- The character of Mrs Wragge in Wilkie Collins' No Name (pub 1864) is considered to be a model for the White Queen.
- In the finale of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Alice mentions that the Red Queen (who had redeemed herself over the course of the series) was now known as the White Queen.
- In Ever After High, the White Queen (voiced by Stephanie Sheh) is the co-ruler of Wonderland alongside the Queen of Hearts. Since Wonderland has become uninhabitable due to the Evil Queen's actions, the White Queen has fled her realm and taken up a role as teacher at Ever After High replacing Ms. Gold. She teaches Princessology and Kingdom Management. The White Queen is not a kind teacher though, having no qualms about publicly humiliating her students and insisting she is addressed by her full title "Mrs. Her Majesty The White Queen".
- ^Missy Schwartz, "Best Actress," Entertainment Weekly 1032/1033 (Jan. 30/Feb. 6, 2009): 46.
The White Queen
I really loved this series. From the script, to the excellent performances, to the lavish sets, it's full of period detail and technical merit. As an amateur medievalist, I was very familiar with the story, and the series sticks very close to fact as we know it, while giving a nod to the book on which this is based. Elizabeth was a fascinating, smart, engaging woman in real life (and reportedly quite a beauty) who well understood what she had to do in order for she and her family to survive in a tough society and era. The ad sells this as a story about "scheming" women - I find that really cheap and insulting, and frankly that isn't what the story is about. These women had enormous heart, did have morals, and also had the brains to play the games they were forced to play from birth. That isn't "scheming and manipulation", it's survival. I want to mention especially the beautiful performance of Rebecca Ferguson in the lead role - this series garnered her some well-deserved and overdue professional attention and led to other roles. The viewer will recognize the actress playing Warwick's older daughter as the woman playing a lead role in Poldark. And Max Irons is really fine - and great to look at - as the tempestuous, strong-willed warrior king Edward IV - the real man was as tall, as handsome, as stubborn, as impetuous, and Max nails it. Edward is remembered as one of England's most successful kings. Anyone who loves history, wants to understand the Wars of the Roses, and great historical drama, will like this one.
Never mind Elizabeth I and her enigmatic love life, or Henry VIII and his wife-related woes. The White Queen goes back beyond the oft-told tales of the Tudors, to an even more shocking and dangerous time in our nation's history. We're in the age of the Wars of the Roses, but this is more than a mere re-telling of bloody skirmishes and political intrigue.
Adapted from Philippa Gregory's bestselling novels, The White Queen is that rare thing: a saga of real history told largely from the point of view of women. No longer relegated to the shadows of regal bedchambers, these women take centre stage and make the behind-the-scenes decisions that alter the course of the country. This is a story of love, lies, deception and death: a game of thrones that really was played and, indeed, determined the fate of Britain.
The White Queen is set right in the middle of the Wars of the Roses, a series of brutal conflicts between two rival royal houses: the House of Lancaster and the House of York. The bitterness between them is heightened by their very closeness - both houses are off-shoots from the greater House of Plantagenet. As the saga opens, the House of York is basking in its own sense of triumph. A few years before, their leader - Edward IV - took the throne from the House of Lancaster's Henry VI in the brutal Battle of Towton.
The Lancastrians may be down, but they're certainly not out. Young Henry Tudor is waiting in the wings and being groomed for potential power. Meanwhile, the triumphant king, Edward IV, is about to play with fire when he falls in love with the most beautiful woman in the land... who also happens to be a "commoner" and a Lancastrian. The stage is set for an almighty power struggle, with women pulling most of the strings.
This may, on the surface, be a story of powerful men trying to snatch the crown from each other. But don't be fooled. The real story goes on well behind the throne, with three women locked in psychological and political warfare. The first is Elizabeth Woodville, whose ravishing, delicate beauty makes King Edward IV weak at the knees as soon as he sees her - even if she does happen to hail from the hated House of Lancaster. It's a pivotal moment that makes the monarch throw caution to the wind, and changes the course of British history.
Then, there's Margaret Beaufort, the so-called Red Queen (the Lancastrians being represented by a red rose, and the Yorkists by a white). She is the fierce matriarch who is determined to do whatever it takes to steer her son, Henry Tudor, to his rightful place in history. The third member of our tempestuous trio is Anne Neville, the daughter of one of the most cunning and influential of the king's advisors, who is destined to play a key role at the side of a future king.
As you'd expect from a big, juicy historical saga, The White Queen is a rich tapestry of sub-plots, each influencing the other. At its heart, at least to start with, is the passionate courtship of Edward and Elizabeth, who - like Romeo and Juliet - are star-crossed lovers from rival factions. This, in turn, kicks off the sinister machinations of the Earl of Warwick, the king's advisor who doesn't take kindly to Edward falling in love with the wrong woman.
Over on the Lancastrian side of things, we'll see the parallel saga of Margaret Beaufort and her son Henry, who are poised to throw Yorkist rule into disarray. Among this power-hungry clan there's a young, raven-locked man called Richard, who will go down in history as the tyrant king Richard III, although The White Queen gives us a very different take on a man often portrayed as a cackling villain. And, just to excite all the history buffs, the infamous story of the Princes in the Tower plays a part in things as well. Let the games begin!
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