To celebrate the eagerly-anticipated release of The Spanish Princess Part 2, we sat down with its incredible cast and show-runners to find out about the new season and why the show has hit such a chord with audiences so far.

Released last year, the first season was a huge success and the plan was always to spread Catherine of Aragorn’s story over two time periods to fully immerse the audience in the story, as told to us by showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew Graham. But the themes of the show about women, race, politics, economics, and more pierce through time and are as relevant as they were back in the 15th century, echoed by the show’s cast.

We chatted to Charlotte Hope, Laura Carmichael, Georgie Henley, Ruiari O’Connor, Stephanie Levi-John and showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew Graham.

“The Spanish Princess Part II” 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 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.

You can watch our exclusive interviews below:

The Spanish Princess 2 begins on STARZPlay on Sunday October 11th