“The Spanish Princess” has received an additional eight-episode order at Starz to conclude the story of Catherine of Aragon.
The limited series’ stars Charlotte Hope and Ruairi O’Connor will return in their respective roles as Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII, “along with other key cast,” for the second and final run of episodes. Executive producers/showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew Graham are also coming back to close out the series.
“The Spanish Princess,” which premiered last month on Starz, is the third installment in a trilogy of limited series that began with “The White Queen,” followed by “The White Princess.”
Per Starz, “The Spanish Princess” continues the story of Queen Catherine and Henry VIII. Presiding over the most glamorous court in Europe and beloved by their people, together they create an England that is proud, confident and can withstand the threat of foreign wars. But when Catherine struggles to produce an heir, her marriage and her life are under threat, and her past comes back to haunt her. Despite proving herself a politician, a diplomat, a national inspiration and even a military commander, Catherine must battle to save her love and her King and protect her adopted country from chaos.
“We are thrilled to tell the next chapter of Catherine of Aragon’s story as she negotiates war, politics and marriage to the most dangerous King of England,” Frost and Graham said. “As a company that always produces compelling and dynamic projects, Starz has been a great creative partner and we look forward to concluding Catherine’s journey with them.”
“Emma and Matthew have created an alluring portrait of one of the most familiar narratives in English history,” Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch said. “Viewers are intrigued by Catherine of Aragon’s story and this eight-episode conclusion will give us the opportunity to tell it in its entirety.”
Produced by Playground and All3 Media’s New Pictures, “The Spanish Princess” is based on the best-selling novels “The Constant Princess” and “The King’s Curse,” written by Philippa Gregory.