Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen gets an air date

The BBC1 adaptation of historical bestseller, starring Rebecca Ferguson and Max Irons, is starting very soon...

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Calling all period drama fans. Here’s the next historical series set to brighten up your Sunday night.

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Phillipa Gregory’s best selling stories have been transformed into a vivid and “stunningly rich” 10-part series starting on BBC1 on Sunday 16 June.

Set in 1464,The White Queen kicks off in the midst of the War of the Roses – a battle to decide who is the rightful king of England – and tells the stories of the women caught up in the conflict for the throne.

Following Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) and Anne Neville (Faye Marsay), the series will see love, seduction, deception and murder as the three women manipulate the struggle for power.

Beautiful young widow Elizabeth marries newly crowned king Edward IV, but Edwards’ right hand man the Earl of Warwick becomes frustrated by Elizabeth’s grip on her new husband. Margaret is Elizabeth’s rival, a fervently religious woman determined to see her son Henry Tudor take the throne. And Anne Neville is the Earl of Warwick’s daughter, a woman caught as a pawn in her father’s power games.

Controller of BBC drama Ben Stephenson calls it “one of the most ambitious series the BBC has made.”

The drama also stars James Frain, Janet McTeer and Anuerin Bernard.

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