UKTV has acquired The White Princess for its channel Drama.
“We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with Lionsgate. This gripping series, told from the perspective of three noblewomen waging an ongoing battle for the throne, has a superb cast and fantastic production talent. Its high end production values and incredible storytelling make The White Princess a fantastic addition to Drama’s growing slate of new and exclusive shows.” – UKTV’s general manager of Drama, Adrian Wills
The epic historical drama stars Jodie Comer, Suki Waterhouse and Michelle Fairley. A STARZ original limited series, The White Princess is the follow-up to miniseries The White Queen, both from Company Pictures and Playground. The White Queen will also be shown on Drama.
The White Princess, based on Philippa Gregory’s 2013 novel of the same name, picks up as the tumultuous War of the Roses comes to an end and a new generation ascends to the throne in a tale of power, political clashes, family, love and betrayal.
A fragile peace is achieved when former king, Richard III, is defeated at the Battle of Bosworth. The victor, Henry Tudor, soon to be King Henry VII (Jacob Collins-Levy), is married to Elizabeth (Jodie Comer) – a princess from a rival house and Richard III’s former lover.
With her sister, Cecily of York (Suki Waterhouse), Elizabeth matches wits and wills with Lady Margaret Beaufort (Michelle Fairley), King Henry VII’s mother. They each manoeuvre to gain his trust. Meanwhile Lizzie’s mother, Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville (Essie Davis), struggles with rumours that her long-lost son Prince Richard (Ned Elliot) is alive. Elizabeth is forced to choose between her new Tudor husband and the boy who could be her own blood and the rightful York King.
The White Princess premiered in the US on STARZ to critical acclaim with an average of 4.8m total viewers per episode. It will begin on Drama on Saturday the 11th of November, from 9pm while The White Queen launches Sunday 15th October from 4pm.
“The White Princess is a further example of Lionsgate’s premium programming travelling to leading platforms across the globe. We are particularly pleased that UK viewers will have the opportunity to discover this exceptional drama series, set in England, on UKTV.” – Peter Iacono, President, International Television and Digital Distribution, Lionsgate,