Pioneer Productions, today announces that it has been commissioned by BBC History to produce 1x60’ factual-drama 'Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary.'
Pioneer Productions, one of the world’s leading global factual producers, part of the Tinopolis Group, today announces that it has been commissioned by BBC History to produce 1x60’ factual-drama Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary. Due to air on BBC Two, this offering sees Pioneer build upon its reputation for making innovative and diverse factual character-led content and expand its slate of factual-drama.
The 1x60’ special explores the tumultuous relationship between Britain’s most famous Queens, Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots through their very own words. Using dramatic reconstruction and expert opinion, Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary brings to life a series of rare and intimate letters between the two Queens, who never actually met, as they vied with each other for the English throne. Leading historians, biographers and experts offer historical context, interrogating the letters to find out why a friendship once united by blood, became ruined by scandal, revenge and finally murder.
Kirstie McLure, Managing Director, Pioneer Productions, says “It’s an exciting time for factual content, especially as the lines between factual and drama are becoming increasingly blurred. At its heart, Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary is factual, but the beautiful reconstructions and production techniques make it look like a high-end drama. Elizabeth I and Mary have been the topic of many a passionate discussion so it’s fantastic to be able to offer viewers unprecedented access and insight into their relationship. Perhaps, as Elizabeth said, if they had been milkmaids it all would have ended differently.”
Martin Davidson, Head of Specialist Factual Commissioning, BBC, said: “I am delighted to be able to bring Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Maryto BBC Two. The programme will not only bring to life the complex relationship between Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots but also offer a unique and fascinating insight into this tumultuous period in history.”
Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary has been commissioned by Martin Davidson, Head of Commissioning for TV Specialist Factual for BBC History, Northern Ireland. The executive producers for Pioneer are Ailsa Orr and Stuart Carter, and the Director is Renny Bartlett.