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2017: The White Princess (TV Mini-Series)
The White Princess is a historical drama television miniseries developed for Starz. It is based on Philippa Gregory’s 2013 novel of the same name and, to a lesser extent, its sequel The King’s Curse. It is a sequel to the 2013 miniseries The White Queen, which adapted three of Gregory’s previous novels. The White Princess sees England ostensibly united by the marriage of Elizabeth of York and King Henry VII, but their personal and political rift runs deep and the war that rages between them threatens to tear the kingdom apart once again.

Cast & Characters


Jodie Comer (Elizabeth “Lizzie” of York), Rebecca Benson (Margaret “Maggie” Plantagenet), Jacob Collins-Levy (Henry VII), Kenneth Cranham (Bishop (later Cardinal) John Morton), Essie Davis (Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville), Rossy de Palma (Isabella I of Castile), Richard Dillane (Thomas Stanley), Anthony Flanagan (Francis Lovell), Patrick Gibson (Richard of York), Caroline Goodall (Cecily Neville), Amy Manson (Catherine “Cathy” Gordon), Adrian Rawlins (John de la Pole), Vincent Regan (Jasper Tudor), Suki Waterhouse (Cecily of York), Joanne Whalley (Margaret), Andrew Whipp (Sir Richard Pole), Michelle Fairley (Margaret Beaufort).


Production Photos



Episode Guide


Episode 1 –In Bed With The Enemy” (original airdate April 16, 2017)

England is in a fractious state as the victor of the Battle of Bosworth, Henry Tudor, is set to ascend the throne. Elizabeth of York (“Lizzie”) and her family, supporters of the former King, find themselves in grave danger. Lizzie must fulfil her promise to marry King Henry VII, in order to bring peace to the warring nation.

Episode 2 –Hearts and Minds” (original airdate April 23, 2017)

King Henry VII sets out on Royal Progress, in an attempt to establish himself as the new sovereign, but finds a dangerous, deeply divided kingdom. Lizzie’s loyalties are further complicated by the child she is expecting.

Episode 3 –Burgundy” (original airdate April 30, 2017)

Lizzie struggles through her labor while King Henry’s envoys embark on a diplomatic mission to Burgundy, a York stronghold abroad. Negotiations are jeopardized by a twist of fate, and Lizzie learns she has more in common with her husband than she first imagined.

Episode 4 –The Pretender” (original airdate May 7, 2017)

The York princesses are strategically married off to strengthen the Tudor cause, but further political challenges are on the horizon. When King Henry finds himself back on the battlefield to protect his reign, Lizzie learns that the threats they face may be closer to home.

Episode 5 –Traitors” (original airdate May 14, 2017)

Lizzie must deal with her mother’s defiant defense of the York cause, while the appearance of a boy in Burgundy claiming to be a young prince threatens to further destabilize King Henry’s rule. King Henry’s mother Lady Margaret Beaufort faces the consequences of harboring a dark secret.

Episode 6 –English Blood on English Soil” (original airdate May 21, 2017)

King Henry VII and Lizzie travel to Spain in an attempt to secure their son’s betrothal, but news of their country’s instability has preceded them. Meanwhile, unrest has been growing in Burgundy and spills over into an English battle.

Episode 7 –Two Kings” (original airdate May 28, 2017)

A pretender to the throne is held captive at court, confounding the Tudors, and creating a new rift in Lizzie and King Henry’s marriage. Lizzie faces an impossible choice, and makes a risky move to try to eliminate the threat to her family.

Episode 8 –Old Curses” (original airdate June 4, 2017)

A final confrontation with the pretender exposes King Henry’s weaknesses, while Lizzie confronts new demons and old curses.


What the critics said


It has a lot of ground to cover and a lot of historical beats to hit, but it’s never stuffy or slow. Though the miniseries is not necessarily a stylistic innovation to the genre, its narrative focus on the women who are controlling the gears of power is certainly refreshing. Lizzie and Henry’s story is also not a love story in any traditional sense, but The White Princess unfolds in a way that shows the intricacies of their partnership alongside the always uneasy status of those in the royal court. No one is ever safe, and that tension permeates The White Princess. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, but given the unending plotting of the women around him, Henry’s life is a piece of cake. (Allison Keene – Collider, April 12, 2017)

Critics Consensus: Well-acted and enlivened by its fresh perspective, The White Princess delivers more than enough intrigue to satisfy fans of period British royal court drama.


Official Trailer