I’ve been looking forward to this one.
The first episode of the new BBC drama, The White Queen, aired on Sunday. The show is an adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s series of historical novels, which in turn tell the story of the women of the Wars of the Roses, a seemingly never-ending scrap for power between the house of York and the house of Lancaster in 15th century England. In particular, it focuses on Elizabeth Woodville, the first commoner in England to be crowned Queen, the cause of great tensions between King Edward and his family and supporters, and one of the orchestrators of the end of the wars. A fascinating lady with the chance to be the focus of a fascinating show.
If you wave away hopes of historical accuracy and view it as a “based on real events, adapted for the modern Sunday night TV viewer” type of story, it’s an enjoyable show with real potential. It’s certainly a show with the chance to see a lot of badass ladies attempt to control a warring court in a time where their opinions mean nothing.
But the romance? The romance might disappoint, to say the least.