The BBC won’t be airing White Queen sequel The White Princess

Philippa Gregory's tale is being continued by US network Starz, but the BBC won't be bringing it to UK TV screens

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They said they only ever envisioned The White Queen as a single series and now the BBC have confirmed that they won’t be involved with the sequel to the 2013 drama.

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Based on the novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory, The White Queen followed the fortunes of Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville during the 1400s. Rebecca Ferguson starred as the titular monarch, while Faye Marsay, Aneurin Barnard and Max Irons were also among the cast.

US network Starz – which aired The White Queen in the States back in 2013 – has ordered follow up series The White Princess, but the BBC won’t be showing it when it’s ready to air, a spokesperson for the broadcaster told RadioTimes.com.

The White Princess is the story of Elizabeth of York – daughter of Edward IV (played by Irons in The White Queen) and Elizabeth Woodville (Ferguson) – who went on to marry King Henry VII.

Her tale is set to be told in an eight-episode run, which will take us right through to the end of the War of the Roses, and the rise of the House of Tudor.

Freya Mavor and Michael Marcus played Elizabeth and Henry in the original series. While it’s not clear whether they’ll return, author Gregory seems confident that a number of the original stars will be back, telling RadioTimes.com last August “A lot of the actors will return to reprise their roles. Hopefully we’ll have Rebecca Ferguson back as a little-bit-older queen. I’m really pleased. I think it’s going to be really beautiful.”

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The question is, where will UK fans be able to watch it? Watch this space for further developments.