The second and final season of Starz Limited Series The Spanish Princess begins on STARZ and the STARZPLAY app this Sunday after filming at The Bottle Yard Studios and the surrounding region for six months in late 2019 / early 2020.
The eight-episode conclusion of the Tudor drama starring Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) and Ruairi O’Connor (Delicious) as Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII, was fortunately able to complete filming at The Bottle Yard Studios in March, just days before the Covid-19 pandemic forced lockdown and a national pause in TV & film production.
Filming took place on the show’s full-scale, interconnected Tudor-era Westminster Palace sets which stand in 30,000 sq.ft. of The Bottle Yard’s Export Warehouse and Tank House 1. Production offices were also based at the Studios, as well as construction areas, stores and costume departments. Location filming took place at Bristol’s Ashton Court Estate, which hosted a royal pheasant hunting scene with support from Bristol Film Office, as well as historic locations in the region such as Kings Weston House, Montacute House, Wells and Gloucester Cathedrals and Berkeley Castle.
Speaking when filming wrapped in March, Executive Producer Charlie Hampton said: “We have loved once again basing ourselves at The Bottle Yard Studios, which has offered us great facilities and a brilliant home for our Westminster Palace set, whilst also being perfectly located situated for the wealth of locations that the region has to offer.”
Other returning cast include Stephanie Levi-John (Diversion) as Catherine’s trusted confidante Lina de Cardonnes, Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia Trilogy) as Queen of Scotland Margaret (Meg) Tudor and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) as Margaret Pole.
The Spanish Princess season two concludes 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 strong enough to withstand threat from abroad. Catherine’s struggle to produce an heir places her marriage and position in the court at risk, and she is haunted by her choices from the past. Despite proving herself a politician, a diplomat, a national inspiration and even a military commander, Catherine must battle to save her love with the King, and to preserve the peace and prosperity of their reign.
The STARZ Original Limited Series “The Spanish Princess” is the second instalment of the limited series follow-up to the Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-nominated STARZ Original Miniseries “The White Queen” and the critically acclaimed STARZ Original Limited Series “The White Princess.” Produced by Playground and All3 Media’s New Pictures, the 8-episode drama is drawn from the global best-selling novels, The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse, written by Philippa Gregory.
Executive producing with Frost and Graham are Colin Callender (The White Queen, The Dresser, Wolf Hall) and Scott Huff (Howards End, The White Princess, The Missing) from Playground and Charlie Pattinson (The White Queen, Requiem, The Missing 1 & 2) and Charlie Hampton (Shameless, Wild at Heart, Inspector George Gently) from All3 Media’s New Pictures.
The Spanish Princess season two begins on Sunday 11 October on STARZ and via the STARZ PLAY app on Amazon Prime.