Starz is expanding their Philippa Gregory franchise. The U.S. premium cable network has ordered a third series – a follow up to both The White Queen and The White Princess – titled The Spanish Princess, which will tell the story of Catherine of Aragon. It will be based on Gregory’s novels The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse.
“Starz is committed to its ongoing programming strategy to provide premium content highlighting the untold stories of strong women in history,” said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz. “We have a passionate fanbase who embraces female-led stories like ‘The White Queen’ and ‘The White Princess’ and are excited to continue with Catherine of Aragon’s story in ‘The Spanish Princess.’”
The Spanish Princess tells the story of Catherine of Aragon, the teenaged princess of Spain who was promised the English throne since she was a child. She arrives in a grey, rain-lashed England with her glorious and diverse court including her lady-in-waiting Lina – an African Moor. She is Princess of Wales now, but when her husband Prince Arthur dies suddenly, the throne seems lost to Catherine. Until she claims her marriage was never consummated and that as a virgin she may set her sights on the new heir, the charismatic and headstrong Prince Harry who will one day rule as King Henry VIII.
Emma Frost, who was behind both The White Queen and The White Princess, is returning to pen the scripts for the new series and will serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Matthew Graham. Colin Callender and Scott Huff from Playground and Charlie Pattinson and Charlie Hampton from All3 Media’s New Pictures will also serve as executive producers. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Karen Bailey is the Starz executive in charge of The Spanish Princess.
The Philippa Gregory franchise of shows got started back in 2013 with The White Queen, which was set up as a co-production between BBC One and Starz. When BBC One cancelled the series after a single season, Starz later moved forward with sequel series The White Princess without a UK broadcaster attached. UKTV’s Drama channel ultimately secured exclusive UK rights to The White Princess (and repeat rights to The White Queen) late last year. It is not immediately clear if they will air The Spanish Princess in the UK. Lionsgate Television is handling global sales.