The White Queen

The White Queen is a new captivating drama on BBC1; based on Philippa Gregory‘s best seller novel – “The Cousins’ War”. The new series is set in the intriguing epoch of the “Wars of the Roses”. The first episode graced our screens on the 16th of June 2013 leaving us hankering for more at the end of it.

In the year 1464 a war begins which lasts for 9 years; two families- House of York and House of Lancaster are in a bitter feud over who is the rightful owner to the throne of England. Three women (Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, Anne Neville) with a thirst for power, as well, get tangled up in the webs of conflicts as cousins brawl for the throne of England.

Elizabeth Woodville, a widower and commoner catches the eye of King Edward the IV and rises to royalty when she is betrothed to the King and becoming Queen Elizabeth of England (The White Queen). King Edwards IV’s cousin- Richard Neville Earl of Warwick is appalled by this and plots to over throw the King. Elizabeth fights for the safety of her family; Her two sons are to be imprisoned in the tower; their mysterious disappearance baffles historians to this day.

Margaret Beaufort is the Red Queen- highly religious and will do anything to see her young son- Henry Tudor- take the throne.

Lady Anne Neville was the younger daughter Richard Neville, cousin to the king Earl of Warwick who was also nicknamed “The King Maker”. She was used to strengthen the alliance between her father and Margaret of Anjou during the dynastic civil war.

The White Queen is a Company Pictures Production- who are also behind dramas such as The devil’s whore, Einstein & Eddington, Elizabeth 1, The Village, Anna Karenina and Shameless)

The series was filmed in Bruges, Belgium where it is supported by BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund who support Belgian’s Tax shelter, it is also supported by Belgian Broadcaster VRT. You can catch up with previous periods on BBC1


Hell on Wheels

Another amazing new Western TV series to get us glued on to our screens and do nothing else constructive, damn them. The Gripping tale is set in 1860- post American civil war; A confederation soldier’s beautiful wife is killed by Union soldiers, and he embarks on a quest of revenge.

The soldier ends up in a lawless, hell hole of a town called Nebraska; during the building of the transcontinental rail road- a project being headed by the Notorious Thomas Durant (acted by Colm Meaney). The project is in danger of being destroyed by the Cheyenne and Sioux tribes who are not happy that the rail road is being built on their land.

Thomas Durant Railroad Top Dog acted by Colm Meaney

Cullen Bohannon the soldier( acted by the Hunky Anson Mount), goes through a breakneck turn of events whilst on his mission to avenge his wife’s Murder.

“The Soldier” Cullen Bohannon acted by Anson Mount

The series was created by +Endemol France for American movie classics (AMC) the acclaimed production company  behind +Mad Men , +Breaking Bad and +Walking Dead .

Proudly- two British actors have taken the leading role; Irish actor Colm Meaney and +Dominique McElligot who acts as the sensitive but strong Lily Bell – who’s husband was killed by the Cheyenne tribes during a ride in their camp.

Lily Bell acted by Dominique McElligott

Hell on wheels was premièred in the US in Nov 6 th 2011 and is aired in the UK on Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
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The Bletchley Circle

This period drama set in 1952 came on our screens towards the end of 2012. If you haven’t watched it, here is the plot- Four women who are ex-code breakers at Bletchley Park notice a pattern in several  murders that transpire.

Just like in every movies/drama, the police are clueless;  Further more they disregard the discoveries  presented to them by Susan Grey- (acted by Anna Maxwell Martin).  This lead to the women having to investigate the murders themselves to try and stop the murderer from killing again- causing a rift between Susan and her husband Timothy – (acted by Mark Dexter).

The Bletchley Circle is definitely a nail biting drama. I am hoping for a second series. You can catch- up on all the episodes of series one on ITV Player,