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19/04/2017

The White Princess Airs In The US

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The White Princess, a STARZ Original Limited Series, has aired in the US. The series, which was made in Bristol in 2016, is the follow-up to the STARZ/BBC's 2013 Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated 'The White Queen'.

Drawn from the novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory, The White Princess sees England seemingly united by the marriage of Princess Elizabeth of York (Lizzie) and King Henry VII, however their personal and political rift runs deep and the divide between them threatens to tear the kingdom apart once again.

Rumours circulate that Lizzie's long-lost brother Prince Richard is alive and planning to take the throne – forcing Lizzie into an impossible choice between her new Tudor husband and the boy who could be her own blood and the rightful York King.

The series stars Jodie Comer as Elizabeth of York (Lizzie), Jacob Collins-Levy as King Henry VII, Michelle Fairley as Lady Margaret Beaufort, and Essie Davis as Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville.

Made by Company Pictures and Playground, the series was filmed in purpose-built sets at The Bottle Yard Studios and across Bristol. Co-ordinating the entire shoot from production offices at The Bottle Yard Studios, the production team also used additional build space, stores and costume areas on site. Bristol Film Office provided unit bases for filming at locations across the city, facilitating location liaison and organising holding areas at City Hall for around 100 cast extras during a large-scale shoot at Bristol Cathedral.

Fiona Francombe, Site Director of The Bottle Yard Studios, said: "Our space lends itself incredibly well to creating entire worlds for period drama shoots – and The White Princess was no exception. The skilled crew created a rich and beautiful Tudor world with their amazing set build, enhanced by a stunning and authentic costume department. We're seeing a rise in enquiries as word gets out amongst overseas producers considering a UK shoot about the scale of production we can accommodate – and shows like this, made for a worldwide audience, are a great illustration of what can be achieved at The Bottle Yard."

Lachlan MacKinnon, Producer, said: "[The Bottle Yard Studios] is an ideal production base given its proximity to some of the finest Tudor locations England has to offer. The height and size of the studios were a big draw for us due to the size of our set build, and Fiona and her team couldn't have been more helpful in facilitating this."

Natalie Moore, Bristol Film Office, added: "Bristol's global reputation as an ideal destination for world-class film and TV production grows each year. The city's fantastic period locations, flexible studio space at The Bottle Yard, talented local crew base and free support delivered by the Film Office, means that Bristol can deliver a full package of support. It was very exciting to have Company Pictures and Playground back at Bristol Cathedral where they filmed Wolf Hall in 2014. With such a large-scale historical production like The White Princess taking place in the city centre, we were delighted to provide logistical support to help them achieve a smooth shoot."

The White Princess is led by returning Showrunner and Writer Emma Frost, also on board as Executive Producer, alongside Executive Producer and Director Jamie Payne. Lachlan MacKinnon is Producer, with Playground's Colin Callender and Scott Huff serving as Executive Producers, along with Company Pictures' Michele Buck.

Image: Rebecca Benson, Suki Waterhouse, Jodie Comer, Joanne Whalley, Essie Davis, and Michelle Fairley on set at The Bottle Yard Studios. Image (c) STARZ.

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