Starz Channel’s ‘The White Queen’ Official Trailer Promises Royal Intrigue

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While a current fascination with all things medieval – at least in tone – has been attributed to the crossover success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Showtime’s The Tudors predates the ongoing saga of the inhabitants of Westeros by a few years. Now, with Starz looking to expand their original content beyond their hit Spartacus and its various incarnations, we have an official trailer for their next offering, The White Queen.

Set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses – the long-running battles between the Houses of York and Lancaster over disputed claims to the throne of England – the show is based on a series of novels by The Other Boleyn Girl author Phillipa Gregory. Rebecca Ferguson stars as Queen Elizabeth (“The White Queen”) and wife of King Edward IV (Max Irons), whose love for the low-born Elizabeth puts his rise to power in jeopardy as the House of York’s rivals scheme against them – notably the Lancaster’s Lady Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) and Anne Neville (Faye Marsay) daughter of Lord Warwick (Grimm‘s James Frain).

The White Queen Rebecca Ferguson Starz Channels The White Queen Official Trailer Promises Royal Intrigue

Here’s the official synopsis:

In the STARZ original drama, the year is 1464, before the Tudor dynasty ruled England, and war has been ravaging throughout the country over who is the rightful king. It is a blood feud between two sides of the same family; The House of York and The House of Lancaster. The House of York’s young heir Edward IV is crowned King of England with the help of his mentor and advisor, the master manipulator Lord Warwick, known at court as “The Kingmaker.” When Edward falls in love with a beautiful Lancastrian commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick’s plan to control the throne comes crashing down. A violent, high-stakes struggle for the crown ensues between Elizabeth, her fiercest adversary, Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, a pawn in her father’s power game.

The trailer definitely promises plenty of back-stabbing, royal-court intrigue, swordplay action and candlelit sex scenes, but what sets it apart from such similar fare is the female perspective of such historical power plays. While Game of Thrones is not lacking for strong woman characters, The White Queen seems bent on placing the rivalry of the would-be queens front and center.

It’s also worth noting that Starz is presenting this as a 10-episode “limited” series, which will contain the whole story without relying on subsequent seasons… at the moment, anyway. If The White Queen catches on – and judging by the impressive, engaging trailer, it just might – expect Starz to decide that there are plenty more stories to be mined from the Wars of the Roses. After all, the civil war lasted almost thirty years before Henry VII defeated Richard III and united the Yorks and Lancasters by marrying Elizabeth of York to form the House of Tudor in 1485. Not that they’ll get that far in ten episodes, but there’s plenty of potential here.

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The White Queen premieres on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 at 9PM EST on Starz, and will also air on BBC One.

Source: Collider

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  1. Funnily enough, the commercials for this have been airing here for weeks and until I read the plot details here, I had no clue what it was about and didn’t think it looked that good (BBC2 have been showing The Tudors from the very first episode, tuned in to see what the fuss was about and found it incredibly dull and figured this show would be similar in that regard).

    I think it airs this sunday but I may have to check it on BBC iPlayer thanks to me being busy that night and only able to record a brilliant French mystery drama called The Returned.

  2. Based on the trailer I have no interest. There is nothing that really pops out as just must see TV IMO. We shall see though

    • Once I get to watch it (probably monday), I’ll give a verdict with no spoilers (pretty much a yay, meh or nay) if that helps although with differing tastes, others may feel differently when they finally see it.

  3. This is not a “must see” thing for me. I do like a good medieval or Renaissance drama once in awhile, and this one might be worth a peek, but I wish they would not feel these always have to be made with a bunch of “steamy sex scenes”. I am no prude by any stretch of the imagination, but I would watch something like this for quality, drama, emotion, and excitement, not to see what I could just as easily watch on The Playboy Channel. So–might watch it, might not….we’ll see….!

  4. this show looks terrible

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  6. Yeah, so I finally got round to watching episode 1 last night and it was pretty boring. I’m holding out for episode 2 to potentially improve and move things along (I hated Hannibal until I tried episode 2 and loved the show) but anyone looking for something along the lines of The Borgias or GOT may not like it.

    Dialog is clunky as hell.

  7. Who sings the song for the trailer?

    • Until it hurts – Fransisca Hall

      • Thank you so much!! Ive seen the previews and ive been trying to find out what song that was for forever!! Thank you! :)

  8. Until it hurts – Fransisca Hall

  9. I had high hopes for this show being that BBC America kept running the previews for it. I finally got around to re-watching the first few episodes and I can tell you…IT SUCKS! I have no idea what is going on. The acting seems to be okay, but… the story doesn’t make sense to me. I’m giving up and moving onto something more interesting.

  10. I’ve been enjoying The White Queen. I missed the first episode, though – but the DVD is out next month anyway so I’ll definitely watch it again.

  11. These comments sound like they come from America, low-info citizens. This, is history. Remember the adage, ‘If more of us knew our history, we would not be doomed to repeat it. . . . ‘

  12. I finally watched it. Though I do not know much about that time period due to being an American and in America you do not learn about the English history, we barely get taught on our own history in schools anymore. I did like the show. I’m not 100% sure what is going on. I didn’t quite make out the dialogue, but I loved the women’s fashions, makeup, hair, etc. The men also. Nice looking cast though I have never heard of any of them before. And of course, being on cable they need to subject us women with yet more naked women and sex. Seriously. We don’t need to have that on a show, if the show, writing and acting is good. That is only filler in my opinion to keep the men interested. That said. I will continue to watch and see where it goes.

  13. so far it’s awesome and well done. I am an avid British history fan and can’t get enough, but this is well done

  14. I loved it! I hope they will have the sequel The Red Queen! I love BBC programs!

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