The BBC has released a full-length trailer for their new historical drama extravaganza The White Queen. The drama series is adapted from works by bestselling author Philippa Gregory and stars Max Irons, James Frain, Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, Amanda Hale and many other well-known actors.
The new trailer, which comes after an atmospheric teaser released by the BBC last month, promises a show full of drama, passion, action and some racy scenes featuring Max Irons (pictured above right), star of films Red Riding Hood and The Host.
Developed for television by Emma Frost, the show is an adaptation of Gregory’s series of novels grouped under the title The Cousin’s War. It is set during the War of the Roses and looks at the various women caught up in the fight for the throne.
There have been some (arguably lazy) comparisons made to HBO’s series Game of Thrones, though more intuitive matches could be made between The White Queen and international historical series The Tudors and The Borgias. The drama is a big-budget co-production between the BBC and American premium cable network Starz. Of late, the BBC has made a number of co-production ventures with Starz, including the fourth series of science fiction drama Torchwood (subtitled Miracle Day) and Da Vinci’s Demons, which is currently airing in the UK on FOX. The White Queen is being produced by Company Pictures, a British production company responsible for a large number of series including Skins, Inspector George Gently, The Village and the upcoming adaption of Hilary Mantel Tudor series Wolf Hall.