In UK Debut, Starz/BBC Drama ‘The White Queen’ Wins Sunday Night Ratings Crown

Starz/BBC series The White Queen launched on BBC One on Sunday night with an average 5.33M viewers, according to overnight data. That was enough to win the night with a 22.83% share from 9PM-10PM, but was off about 600,000 viewers from the slot average, according to Broadcast. The 10-episode drama is based on the bestselling historical novels by Philippa Gregory and set against the backdrop of England’s Wars of the Roses. It stars Max Irons, Amanda Hale, James Frain, Rebecca Ferguson, Faye Marsay and Janet McTeer. When the series kicks off on Starz on August 10, viewers will see a slightly different version than in the UK. Irons recently told Britain’s Metro, “You get a lot more arse in the Starz version – the cameras kept rolling after the BBC stopped the scene.” A spokeswoman for the series confirmed to The Telegraph that the an additional 30 seconds on “two or three” occasions had been filmed, but said there were no extra scenes written or shot for the Starz take. Colin Callender is executive producer for the series that’s produced by the UK’s Company Pictures. Here’s a trailer:

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