Philippa Gregory's novels head for TV

Philippa Gregory's novels head for TV

Two of historical author Philippa Gregory's novels and this August's novel The Kingmaker's Daughter are to be turned into TV dramas by the BBC.

Speaking at the Hay Festival this week, the Simon & Schuster author revealed that The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker's Daughter, the fourth in her Cousin's War series, are to be adapted into a 12-hour drama. Filming will begin this summer, and the series will be broadcast in 12 hour-long episodes on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. next May.

Gregory also professed she felt she “discovered” Mary Boleyn, sister to Henry VIII’s second wife Anne, after stumbling inadvertently upon a piece of information while researching a different novel – that Henry VIII launched a ship named the Mary Boleyn. “I thought it must be a mistake,” she said, recalling how she didn’t recognise the name, only to discover that Mary Boleyn “only existed in footnotes in history”.

She added: "Hilary Mantel wrote her in Wolf Hall in her green petticoat, and I thought: my Mary? She’s now fully recognised in history.”