No second season for The White Queen

Lord Strange

The BBC has confirmed that there will be no second season of The White Queen, stating “it was never actually conceived as a returnable series” (source).

This will come as a blow to Andrew Gower’s fans who had hoped to see more of Lord Strange in a potential second season, following his short but sweet scenes as Lord Stanley’s (Rupert Graves) son in episodes 9 and 10.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think the BBC would have had a hit on its hands if it had adapted the book ‘The White Princess‘, about Henry Tudor and Elizabeth of York? Or did the historical inaccuracies mean the series was always doomed?

The White Queen Ep 10 The Final Battle

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The White Queen ep 10 The Final Battle

Historical reference: The Battle of Bosworth Field (Wikipedia)

After the disappearance of her sons, the former queen Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson) has returned to court with her two daughters, Lizzie (Freya Mavor) and Cecily (Elinor Crawley). Soon rumours emerge that King Richard (Aneurin Barnard) himself has taken an interest in his niece Lizzie, which causes friction between the King and his wife Queen Anne (Faye Marsay). When the young Prince of Wales suddenly dies, Queen Anne’s health deteriotes and she passes away soon after.

Stricken with grief and guilt, King Richard sends Lizzie away to live at the household of Lord Stanley (Rupert Graves) and Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale). Despite the rumours of her affair, Lizzie is still betrothed to Margeret’s son Henry Tudor (Michael Marcus), the Lancastrian heir to the throne. Henry and his uncle Jasper Tudor (Tom McKay) have come to England to claim Richard’s throne and the two armies prepare for battle near Bosworth Field.

Things are not looking good for the outnumbered Tudor army while Lord Stanley’s forces could decide the battle. However, King Richard has taken Lord Strange (Andrew Gower) hostage and threatens to kill him if Lord Stanley doesn’t declare his allegiance for the King. The last defining battle in the Wars of the Roses has begun.

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The White Queen Ep 9 The Princes in the Tower

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The White Queen ep 9 The Princes in the Tower

The White Queen is a mini series based on Philippa Gregory‘s historical novel series The Cousins’ War and presents the story of the women involved in the Wars of the Roses, mainly Elizabeth WoodvilleMargaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, who relentlessly plot to put their idea of the “rightful” king on the throne.

Historical reference: The Princes in the Tower (Wikipedia)

It is the year 1484. After the sudden death of King Edward (Max Irons), his brother Richard (Aneurin Barnard) has crowned himself king instead of serving as regent for his underaged nephew Prince Edward (Sonny Ashbourne Serkis). To secure his position, he declares the marriage between King Edward and Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson) invalid and their children as illegitimate. Queen Anne (Faye Marsay) visits Sir Robert Brackenbury (Shaun Dooley), the Constable of the Tower, in secret to express her fears that her husband’s throne will not be safe as long as the princes, who are imprisoned in the Tower, are alive.

Lord Thomas Stanley (Rupert Graves) gathers a rescue party to free the princes from the Tower but convinces his wife Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) that her son Henry Tudor (Michael Marcus) would benefit from the boys’ death. Before they strike, Lord Stanley sends his own son, Lord Strange (Andrew Gower) with a letter to Brackenbury warning him of the attack thus ensuring that – no matter the outcome – he can always be seen as a supporter of the winning party. The attempt fails as well as a rebellion led by the Duke of Buckingham (Arthur Darvill) and Stanley, who betrayed his wife’s part in the revolt, is awarded her lands while she is placed under house arrest.

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