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The White Queen
The White Queen“Colourful and enthralling, Philippa
s vivid best-selling novel series
  of The Cousin
s War has been turned
  into a dramatic and unmissable
  television series, The White Queen.
  The BBC has excelled with the telling
  of the changing fortunes of the
  monarchy and the relatives who scheme,
  manipulate and seduce their way onto
  the throne in the dangerous and
  uncertain 15th Century..

THE HOUSES OF YORK AND LANCASTER have been at war for nine years; cousins fighting for the right to claim the throne of England for their own. It is 1464 and the young, courageous and handsome Edward IV (Max Irons: The Host; Red Riding Hood) is crowned King of England.

At his side is the master manipulator Lord Richard Warwick (James Frain: True Blood; The Tudors), known as The Kingmaker. Cousin and close friend to his king, he believes he has Edward firmly under his control until a young widow catches the king's eye.

“A fantastic, stunning
and lavish historical
production that will keep
you utterly hooked
The late husband of the beautiful Lancastrian commoner Elizabeth Woodville Grey (Rebecca Ferguson: Wallander; Cold Night) was John Grey (Christoph St James), who was killed in battle, fighting for the deposed king. Stripped of their lands under the new regime, his widow and two sons have been forced to live with their mother in her family home with her parents, brothers and sisters.

Elizabeth intends to throw herself on the mercy of King Edward, begging him to restore her lands for the sake of her sons, Thomas (Otto Farrant) and Richard (Dean Charles Chapman). Her mother, Jacquetta Woodville (Academy & Tony award nominee Janet McTeer), who believes herself to be descended from the Goddess Melusina and is therefore endowed with special powers, helps her daughter to catch the eye of the king.

Refusing to become his mistress, Elizabeth plays brinkmanship with Edward and, desperate to have her, he finally marries her in secret; but when the king announces the marriage Lord Warwick is shocked and does everything he can to convince Elizabeth that the wedding was unlawful.

With Edward appearing to be safely on the throne, enemies still plot against the monarchy. Even Edward's mother, Duchess Cecily (Caroline Goodall) wants the crown to go to her favourite son George, Duke of Clarence (David Oakes), while Edward's other brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Aneurin Barnard: Ironclad; We'll Take Manhattan), supports Edward.

Edward's new wife is feisty, proud and fiercely defensive of her beloved husband with the staunch support of her family and the protection of her father, Baron Rivers (Robert Pugh) and her brother Anthony (Ben Lamb).

As Elizabeth bears Edward daughters and finally sons, she feels she has reinforced her husband's right to reign; but she and her family are far from safe. The damaged, obsessively-devout and unswervingly-loyal Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale: The Crimson Petal & The White) is equally committed to seeing her young son Henry Tudor rule England and as the deposed and deeply disturbed King Henry languishes in the tower while his fate is decided his wife, Margaret of Anjou (Veerle Baetens) prepares to leave France with a large invasion force…

Described as "a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, vibrantly woven through the stories of three different, yet equally driven women", this wonderful drama looks at their quest for power as they scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne.

Delving fascinatingly into power-plays behind the scenes of history, The White Queen follows the fates of Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort; and the Kingmaker's pawn in his battle to retain control of the throne his daughter, Anne Neville (introducing Faye Marsay), who finds the courage to fulfil her own ambitions with the throne clearly in her sight when she marries the King's younger brother Richard, destined to become Richard III.

The White Queen also features: Juliet Aubrey as Countess of Warwick; Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabel Neville; Frances Tomelty as Lady Beauchamp; Michael Maloney as Henry Stafford; Tom McKay as Jasper Tudor; Nick Hendrix as Edmund Beaufort; Lizzy McInnerny as Lady Sutcliffe; Leo Bill as Reginald Bray; Rupert Graves as Lord Thomas Stanley; Shaun Dooley as Sir Robert Brackenbury; Freya Mavor as Princess Lizzy; and Arthur Darvill as Harry Stafford.

The complete box set collection of The White Queen comes with bonus extra features including A Conversation with Philippa Gregory and The Making Of The White Queen, exclusive to DVD and Blu-ray. (40 minutes run-time).

* Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing the extraordinary ten-part BBC1 drama The White Queen, based on the vivid best-selling novel series The Cousin's War by Philippa Gregory, on DVD and Blu-ray on 19 August 2013. Catalogue Number DVD: ABD1129; Blu-ray: ABB8146 | RRP DVD: £39.99; Blu-ray: £49.99.

"Having read Philippa Gregory's The White Queen and The Red Queen before watching the BBC's drama series, I was already prepared for this amazing production. One of my favourite authors, I find Philippa Gregory's historical novels so well written and wonderfully imaginative that I have not been able to put them down. The White Queen is… a fantastic, stunning and lavish historical production that will keep you utterly hooked" Maggie Woods