Broadcast reports that lavish period drama The White Queen has been axed though the BBC insist it was not intended to return.
The White Queen concluded its ten-part run on BBC One on Sunday evening with an overnight audience of 3.5 million viewers though that figure will rise when final ratings figures are released.
The White Queen was launched with much fanfare and high hopes that it would be a Sunday evening hit but ratings failed to dazzle and critics were quick to latch onto historical inaccuracies in the drama. ATV Today critic Queenie Le Trout was one of the few to give the series a favourable review.
The drama was based on The Cousins War novels by Philippa Gregory and starred Rebecca Ferguson as Elisabeth Woodville, Max Irons as Edward, Faye Marsay as Anne Neville and Amanda Hale as Margaret Beaufort. The drama chronicled the War of the Roses through the eyes of the three ladies at the centre of the civil wars.
Broadcast reports the drama has been cancelled following low ratings but the BBC has insisted The White Queen was never intended to be a returning drama. However, there were some hints that the BBC were considering adapting Gregory’s novel The White Princess if the drama proved a hit. The White Princess followed the story of Elisabeth of York (played by Freya Mavor in The White Queen) and her marriage to Henry VII (Michael Marcus).
In America the drama has just launched on Starz who co-produced the series; its premier rated well but it remains to be seen if ratings will remain high across subsequent episodes.