StarzPlay has secured the UK rights to Becoming Elizabeth, an eight episode period drama about the early life of England’s most iconic Queen, Elizabeth I. The eight episode series, which just landed a series order at Starz state-side, is expected to premiere in 2020.
Becoming Elizabeth follows a young Elizabeth Tudor, who was an orphaned teenager who became embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court. With no clear heir, the death of King Henry the VIII sets into motion a dangerous scramble for power. His surviving children find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.
Elizabeth struggles to control her own destiny and take real power as the men around her attempt to claim her sovereignty. Her fascinating and factual journey to secure the crown is filled with scheming, betrayal and illicit relationships that threaten to bring forth her demise at a time in which every man or woman of the court is on the wheel of fortune, which may take them to a position of great power one moment, or the executioner’s block the next.
Anya Reiss created the series and will serve as lead writer on an all-female writing team that will also include Emily Ballou (Humans), Anna Jordan (Succession) and Suhayla El- Bushra (Ackley Bridge). The Forge are producing, with Reiss serving as an executive producer alongside the indie’s George Ormond and George Faber. Starz’s Senior Vice President of Original Programming Karen Bailey is overseeing production for the network.