The White Queen…BBC TV drama heavily censored for Britain yet uncensored for the US

Posted: 15 July, 2013 in BBC
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White Queen DVD Rebecca Ferguson It must be a bit confusing for the BBC to deal with amusingly inconsistent Daily Mail. If they include a little nudity they get lambasted for ‘gratuitous sex’ yet if they don’t they get lambasted for censorship.

The White Queen is a co production by the BBC and the US Starz cable channel. It is based on Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter and is set against the backdrop of the turbulent War of the Roses

The Daily Mail explains:

Few countries can compete with the UK when it comes to television costume dramas . . . but American audiences, it seems, prefer our dramas without the costumes.

A raunchy alternative version of the ten-part BBC1 series The White Queen has been created for screening in the US — including graphic sex and nude scenes which don’t appear here.

Bedroom scenes in which actors appear in the BBC version partly clothed are sexed-up for the American market — and the actors complete the scenes naked.

As lead actor Max Irons put it: There’s the BBC cut and the Starz cut. You get a lot more arse in the Starz version — the cameras kept rolling after the BBC stopped the scene.

Eg, in episode two Queen Elizabeth, played by Rebecca Fergusson, was seen wearing a nightdress for her love scene with Edward IV, played by Max Irons. But when the clinch is broadcast on American television later this summer, the same actress will be shown first topless and then completely naked in the marital bed.

Episodes one, two and three of the American version all contain nudity and the first programme includes at least four shots of the Queen’s breasts and a scene showing her younger sister topless in a bath. By contrast, the BBC version doesn’t include any nudity until episode three, and even then only fleetingly.


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