The White Queen will be returning to her throne for a second series. Philippa Gregory’s period tale, following Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville during the 1400s, is set to continue with new episodes based on more of her bestselling book series.
The future of the story was uncertain after the BBC declined to make a second series, insisting it was never conceived as more than a single run. But it’s looking bright now, promises Gregory.
“I’m pleased to say we are in the process,” Gregory tell us. “American producers Starz have commissioned a second series which is going to be called The White Princess. It’s going to be based on the next three novels in my series of books.”
The White Princess is the story of Elizabeth of York – daughter of Edward IV (played by Max Irons in The White Queen) and Elizabeth Woodville (portrayed by Rebecca Ferguson) – who went on to marry King Henry VII.
The wheels for the new series are already in motion – “I’m waiting for scripts. They are writing them now and they are going to send them to me shortly” – and some familiar faces are poised to return: “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,” Gregory says.
Starring Ferguson and Irons alongside Janet McTeer, Faye Marsay and Aneurin Bernard, The White Queen first aired on BBC1 in 2013.
Philippa Gregory’s new novel The Taming of the Queen is out this week