The BEST Episodes of The White Queen

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 25, 2020

Network: BBC One

The White Queen is a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, vibrantly woven through the stories of three different yet equally driven women, in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history – Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. The year is 1464 and England has been at war for nine years battling over who is the rightful King of England – it is a war between two sides of the same family, The House of York and The House of Lancaster.

Long Live the King

#1 - Long Live the King

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 4, 2013

After years of peace, an untimely death once again engulfs Elizabeth in a fight for the throne. Trapped in sanctuary and threatened by those closest to her, Elizabeth is forced into an alliance with Margaret Beaufort. Suspicion and doubt poison the court, turning friends into enemies and family members into murderers.

star 8.02
900 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Malcolm Campbell
Poison and Malmsey Wine

#2 - Poison and Malmsey Wine

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 28, 2013

George's anger at losing the Warwick inheritance and his failure to capture the crown resurfaces, with horrific consequences. As the court divides, George openly accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft and Edward of murder. This is treason, and Edward must condemn his own brother to death. Elizabeth finally has revenge on those who killed her father, but it does not bring her comfort.

star 7.99
848 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Emma Frost
The Final Battle

#3 - The Final Battle

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 18, 2013

Princess Elizabeth's engagement to Henry Tudor threatens to divide court loyalties. Richard knows he can no longer avoid the battle which will decide his fate as king. Margaret Beaufort does not know whose side her husband will support, and she fears for her son. As the final battle for the crown draws near, Elizabeth continues her plot to put her daughter on the throne regardless of the battle's outcome.

star 7.97
912 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Emma Frost
The Bad Queen

#4 - The Bad Queen

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 7, 2013

Exiled in France, Warwick still plots to control the crown. His youngest daughter Anne is used to make an unexpected alliance, giving him command of a huge army. When Warwick lands in England, Edward must decide whether to fight or run. Terrified, Elizabeth escapes to sanctuary, not knowing whether her husband is alive or dead. She gives birth to a longed-for son, but fears for both their lives as Warwick enters London.

star 7.87
982 votes
Directors: Jamie Payne
Writers: Lisa McGee
Love and Death

#5 - Love and Death

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 21, 2013

The crown is secure, but there is no peace at court. Elizabeth suffers more emotional turmoil as she loses those closest to her. Margaret Beaufort plans a political marriage to bring her son Henry home from exile—but has she met her match in Lord Stanley? Anne's marriage made her a traitor, so she is handed into George's care. His motives for keeping her away from court are questioned by Richard, who fears for Anne's safety.

star 7.84
1,036 votes
Directors: Jamie Payne
Writers: Nicole Taylor
The Princes in the Tower

#6 - The Princes in the Tower

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 11, 2013

The future of the princes in the Tower is in Richard's hands: they are a threat not only to Richard's reign but to Margaret Beaufort's hopes of seeing her son Henry Tudor on the throne. As Margaret plots the boys' removal, Anne is tormented by fears that she has unwittingly sealed the princes' fates. Elizabeth, in sanctuary, is horrified to realize she has made a pact with her enemies and turns to witchcraft to punish the guilty.

star 7.81
958 votes
Directors: Colin Teague
Writers: Emma Frost
War at First Hand

#7 - War at First Hand

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 14, 2013

House Lancaster is restored to the throne, with Warwick in control, but rumors that Edward is returning with an army unsettle the court. Anne sails from France with Margaret of Anjou, uncertain whether they will reach Warwick in time. Divided families face each other across the battlefield. Can Elizabeth's witchcraft save her husband, or will Warwick triumph? As many fall in the battle, everyone's fortunes change forever.

star 7.80
1,050 votes
Directors: Jamie Payne
Writers: Malcolm Campbell
The Price of Power

#8 - The Price of Power

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 23, 2013

After Elizabeth's coronation, an extravagant display designed to silence critics of their marriage, Edward needs a son to secure his reign. Soon tensions at court escalate into outright war, and Edward must fight those closest to him to retain his crown. Elizabeth faces devastating loss as the full force of Warwick's hatred and power is revealed.

star 7.79
1,167 votes
Directors: James Kent
Writers: Emma Frost
The Storm

#9 - The Storm

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 30, 2013

Desperate to further her son's claim to the throne, Margaret Beaufort joins Warwick's rebellion against Edward. The rebellion fails, and the traitors must run for their lives. Jasper Tudor escapes into exile, while Warwick and George sail for France. Elizabeth and her mother turn to witchcraft to stop them, but it is Isabel who is punished.

star 7.70
1,187 votes
Directors: James Kent
Writers: Emma Frost
In Love with the King

#10 - In Love with the King

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 16, 2013

After meeting beautiful widow Elizabeth Woodville, young King Edward IV must choose between love and loyalty. Will a country divided by war and a court divided by jealousy be destroyed by a woman many consider a witch?

star 7.70
1,464 votes
Directors: James Kent
Writers: Emma Frost