BBC: Films “The White Queen” television series in Belgium / Ghent
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Scenes were shot in Gravensteen in Ghent yesterday for “The White Queen”, a new ten-part television series by the BBC and Eén, the VRT’s flagship public channel.
Philippa Gregory on her novel The White Queen
The ten-part drama series is one of the most ambitious projects the BBC has ever made, according to Ben Stephenson of the broadcaster’s drama department. ‘The series wants to make real history as gripping as the best fiction,’ he said. The White Queen is based on the Cousins’ War series of popular novels by UK writer Philippa Gregory, set during the War of the Roses. The story opens in 1464 and deals with three powerful women and their continuous battles for the throne. It is a war between two clans of the same family – the House of York and the House of Lancaster. ‘We’re delighted that Eén can be a part of this story and that we are once again able to offer our viewers an excellent home-made series,’ said Eén channel manager Jean Philip De Tender. Flemish actors Jurgen Delnaet, Joren Seldeslachts, Elsa Houben, Ben Forceville and Ben Van den Heuvel all feature in the series, which is being shot entirely in Belgium. On the Belgian side Czar Television is overseeing production, with shooting set to last 125 days, a number of which will be in Ghent.
The White Queen is the thrilling story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne – they are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love.
The White Queen is 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, in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history – Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville.
Controller of BBC Drama, Ben Stephenson, says: “One of the most ambitious series the BBC has made, this 10-part series is an epic drama that makes real history as gripping as the best fiction, featuring a cast of extraordinary new talent and some of our finest actors. “
The White Queen is made by Company Pictures (The Village, The Devil’s Whore, Einstein and Eddington, Elizabeth l, Anna Karenina, Shameless) and adapted by acclaimed writer Emma Frost (Consuming Passions, Shameless). The series is produced by Gina Cronk (New Tricks, The Palace) and directed by James Kent (Inside Men, Marchlands).
Executive Producers are: John Griffin, George Faber, Charles Pattinson for Company Pictures, Eurydice Gysel for Czar Television, Polly Hill for the BBC, Philippa Gregory and Colin Callender.
The series was commissioned by the Controller of BBC Drama Ben Stephenson. In Belgium the series is supported by BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund who support Belgium’s Tax Shelter and by the Belgian Broadcaster VRT. An application for support has also been submitted to the Media Fund of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).