The White Queen: “Cancelled” by BBC, No Season Two

The White Queen canceled, no season twoEven though Starz just premiered their new TV series, The White Queen, we already know there won’t be a second season.

Based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling historical novel series The Cousin’s War, The White Queen tells the story of three very different women as they attempt to scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne. The cast includes Max Irons, James Frain, Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, Ben Lamb, Amanda Hale, Tom McKay, Aneurin Barnard, David Oakes, Faye Marsay, and Eleanor Tomlinson.

The show is co-financed by the BBC in the United Kingdom and Starz here in the states. The 10-part series began airing on BBC1 in June and completed its run last Sunday night.

According to Broadcast Now, the BBC has maintained that The White Queen was intended to run just one season. However, Gregory had hinted that there were hopes to continue the drama via an adaptation of The White Princess. That novel follows the story of Elizabeth of York who went on to marry Henry VII, the first Tudor King.

It now appears that a continuation won’t be happening. A BBC spokesperson said, “The White Queen will not be returning, but it is important to note that it was never actually conceived as a returnable series.”

What do you think? Are you sorry that The White Queen won’t be continuing in some form? Are you glad that the story was designed to wrap after 10 episodes?

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  1. Stannis says

    I’m afraid the show cannot compete with its medieval drama counterpart, Game of Thrones. The latter has more funding, better script, and better actors than the former. I probably learned more about The Wars of the Roses from GoT rather than TWQ.

  2. Nancy says

    I absolutely LOVE The White Queen for the entertainment that it is. Great acting, scenery, photography with enough questions to keep me on my toes wondering what’s really going on. But who cares? It’s a visual romp on a Saturday night.

  3. diana hill says

    Look up the direct lineage from queen lizabethii who is on throne now her liniage go to the white queen what the show is ased on

  4. diana hill says

    THis show is based on historical facts.just .like the borgias .it only ranit historical course.the real queen elizabeth is the daughter of henry viii

  5. charlotte says

    I’d really like to see the series carry on with the white princess. I do agree that the show was slow to start with but I really got into it.

    I know Gregory has added her own twists to the stories with witchcraft etc but these are real monarchs and a real part of history and I think this makes it appealing.

  6. molly says

    Loved this show, Aneurin Barnard was definitely the stand out actor, i loved his portrayal of Richard III, really made me root for him!

  7. Gina Canter says

    I love these history shows. I’ve watched all of them over and over. Starz and BBC did a crappy job of promoting this series…I pay big bucks so I can get all of the premium channels and didn’t hear about this until it was almost over. I’m so sorry it is almost over. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  8. Jason says

    Are you kidding me, there is so much room for growth with this series. Elizabeth Woodville set the tone for the entire Tudor empire. Woodville’s children included the Princes in the Tower and Elizabeth of York; by the latter she was maternal grandmother of Henry VIII and great-grandmother of King Edward VI, Queen Mary I of England and Queen Elizabeth I and the great-great-grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots. Through her daughter, Elizabeth of York, she is the ancestor of every English monarch since Henry VIII and every Scottish monarch since James V of Scotland.

  9. TazMan says

    Season 2? Like it or hate it where would they go in another season? Once Henry VII was crowned she went to Bermondsey Abbey and things were fairly quiet until her death


  10. Grandizer says

    It was hard to get into the show, I set up the Tivo to record it and it never did. For some reason it was never marked as new episodes so I missed the first 3 episodes. I have now set it to catch all and repeats and have only seen episode one so far.

    Wow, what a letdown. Very vacant characters, I hate how the mom smirks all the time. Sorry, but really you are making me hate you. Which maybe I am supposed to.

    The “King” is a letdown as well. I get you are the “King” and can bang as many chicks that you want to, but really, when do we learn why her goods were so much better then the others you have tricked with the fake marriages in the past.

    I hate to see this, but will probably record the series and watch it only when there is NOTHING else on tv but Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

    • Nancy says

      Agree about the long wait to see why Liz is distinct from all the rest, but I find this unlike any other show I have ever seen, so I’m good with it. Lol about Honey Booboo ref.

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