Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Starz Orders 8 Episodes of Drama 'Becoming Elizabeth' Created by Anya Reiss

Starz has given a series order today to the original drama series Becoming Elizabeth created by Anya Reiss. The first season will feature eight episodes.

Long before she ascended the throne, young Elizabeth Tudor 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.

Reiss will serve as head writer and executive producer on the series. She will lead an all-female writing team that includes Emily Ballou, Anna Jordan and Suhayla El-Bushra. George Ormond and George Faber will also executive produce. The Forge will produce in association with Starz.

"The world of Becoming Elizabeth is visceral and dangerous - judgments are rendered quickly and no one is safe," said Jeffrey A. Hirsch, CEO, Starz. "This series explores the Tudor Reign and young Elizabeth, who would become England's 'Gloriana' and one of history's most dynamic figures, through a new lens which we think viewers will find highly engaging."