The White Queen star Aneurin Barnard has defended the TV show's historical inaccuracies after the drama was criticised by viewers who spotted mistakes. The BBC drama, which is based on Philippa Gregory's 2009 novel of the same name, is set in 1464, but the show has been littered with costume and set blunders, prompting critics to claim the series' portrayal of the facts is inauthentic. However, Barnard, who plays Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who later became King Richard III, has claimed the show would be "pretty boring" if it was factually accurate all of the time. He tells Britain's the Radio Times, "This interpretation is based upon historical events but it has to reach certain standards of entertaining the audience. What kind of scene will entertain them more than if we just played the truth? Because the truth can be pretty boring. You have to up the stakes and make something up or twist it to make it a little bit more exciting." The White Queen will air in the U.S. next month (Aug13).