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Company to adapt Philippa Gregory series for major BBC drama

Company to adapt Philippa Gregory series for major BBC drama
Staff Reporter
03 September 2012

BBC One has commissioned Company Pictures to make a new ten-hour drama The White Queen, an adaptation of Philippa Gregory‘s historical novel series The Cousin’s War.

The White Queen is the story of three women - Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) and Anne Neville (Faye Marsay) - caught up in the conflict for the throne in fifteenth century England, the civil war between The House of York and the House of Lancaster.

The series was commissioned by the controller of BBC Drama Ben Stephenson.
It is adapted by writer Emma Frost (Consuming Passions, Shameless), produced by Gina Cronk (New Tricks, The Palace) and directed by James Kent (Inside Men, Marchlands).

The White Queen
will film on location in Bruges, Belgium. In Belgium the series is supported by BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund who support Belgium's Tax Shelter and by the Belgian Broadcaster VRT. An application for support has also been submitted to the Media Fund of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).

Executive producers are John Griffin, George Faber, Charles Pattinson for Company Pictures, Eurydice Gysel for Czar Television, Polly Hill for the BBC, Philippa Gregory and Colin Callender.

Stephenson says: “One of the most ambitious series the BBC has made, this ten-part series is an epic drama that makes real history as gripping as the best fiction, featuring a cast of extraordinary new talent and some of our finest actors.”

The House of York’s Edward IV (Max Irons) is crowned King of England with the help of Lord Warwick 'The Kingmaker' (James Frain). But when Edward secretly marries the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick’s plan for control over the English throne is stopped.

Woodville marries with the help of her mother Jacquetta (Janet McTeer) a self proclaimed sorceress. Elizabeth’s most fierce adversary is the Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort who wants to see her young son Henry Tudor take the throne.

Anne Neville is Lord Warwick The Kingmaker’s daughter - a pawn in her father’s battle for control. She marries the King’s younger brother Richard Duke of York (Aneurin Bernard).

The cast also includes: David Oakes (George Duke of Clarence), Juliet Aubrey (Countess of Warwick), Eleanor Tomlinson (Isabel Neville), Frances Tomelty (Lady Beauchamp), Michael Maloney (Henry Stafford), Ben Lamb (Anthony Rivers), Hugh Mitchell (Richard Welles), Simon Ginty (John Rivers), Eve Ponsenby (Mary Woodville) and Robert Pugh (Baron Rivers).

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