'The White Princess' Won't Have Many Episodes

by Caroline Gerdes

The White Princess, Starz's sequel to the 2013 mini-series The White Queen, will air Sunday, April 16 on the network. Both The White Queen andThe White Princess are adaptations of novels by Philippa Gregory. Fans are wondering if, like the first mini-series, The White Princess will also be a limited series? How many episodes is The White Princess?

The White Princess is a limited series, with eight episodes coming to Starz, according to Variety. The same Variety piece states that the episodes will explore The War of the Roses from the women's perspective and depict the rise of the Tudor House through the marriage between Princess Elizabeth of York and King Henry Tudor. The piece states:

"The year is 1485 and Princess Elizabeth, daughter of 'The White Queen' (Ferguson) has been pledged in marriage to the newly anointed King Henry Tudor in hopes that it will bring peace to a war-torn country. England is united, but their marriage is soon divided, as rumors circulate that Elizabeth’s long-lost brother Prince Richard is alive and planning to take the throne. Now she must choose between Tudor wife and York princess, between her new husband and the boy who claims to be her own blood and the true heir to the crown."

The White Princess is only eight episodes, which means we only get eight hours of viewing — modern TV watchers can practically inhale that in one sitting. So, what can we do when a limited series' eight installments get us hooked? Watch more. If you are a fan of The White Queen, The White Princess, and Tudor period pieces, here's a field guide to shows and movies you can watch as companions to The White Princess.

'The White Queen'

Start with the original Starz series chronicling Elizabeth Woodville, consort to Edward IV. (FYI Elizabeth Woodville is Elizabeth of York's mother. And, Elizabeth of York is Henry VIII's mother.)

'The Tudors'

We all have heard the story of Henry VIII and his six wives, but you can watch it unfold on Showtime's The Tudors.


The CW series Reign is a loose but enjoyable interpretation of Mary, Queen of Scots young life. IRL, this Queen gave birth to Elizabeth I's successor, King James.


Did someone mention Queen Elizabeth?

'Elizabeth: The Golden Age'

The back to back biopics about one of England's longest running monarchs tell the story of Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

'The Other Boleyn Girl'

Like The White Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl is based on a Philippa Gregory historical novel of the same name. This work is a lose interpretation of the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn.

'Wolf Hall'

Wolf Hall is a BBC and Masterpiece series based on Hilary Mantel's historical novel of the same name. The series follows the rise of Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII's court.

'The Virgin Queen'

This 2005 BBC series is another take on the prolific life of Elizabeth I.

So, even after the eight episodes conclude, there's plenty of history yet to watch.