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Victoria (UK TV series)

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Victoria
VictoriaITVIntertitle.png
GenreDrama
Created byDaisy Goodwin
Written by
Starring
Theme music composerMartin Phipps
Composer(s)Ruth Barrett
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes25 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Paul Frift
  • David Boulter
Production location(s)United Kingdom
Running time46–89 minutes
Production company(s)Mammoth Screen
Masterpiece
DistributorITV Studios
Release
Original networkITV
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release28 August 2016 (2016-08-28) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Victoria is a British television drama series created and principally written by Daisy Goodwin, starring Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. The series premiered in the United Kingdom on ITV on 28 August 2016 with eight episodes, and in the United States on PBS on 15 January 2017; PBS supported its production as part of the Masterpiece anthology.

In December 2017, Victoria was renewed for an eight-episode third series, which premiered on PBS on 13 January 2019, and is set to premiere on ITV on 24 March 2019.

Premise

The first season of the series depicts the first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria (portrayed by Jenna Coleman), from her accession to the throne at the age of eighteen, to her intense friendship and infatuation with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), to her courtship and early marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) and finally to the birth of their first child, Victoria. The second season follows Victoria's struggles to balance her role as Queen with her duties to her husband and children, various dramas within the English and German branches of the royal family, international relations with France, and such crises as the Anglo-Afghan War and the Great Famine in Ireland. At the beginning of the third season, Victoria and Albert have six children and are approaching their 30s while navigating difficulties in their marriage; as the season progresses, these tensions ebb and flow. Subplots in the third season include Albert's ongoing efforts to find his place, culminating in The Great Exhibition of 1851, and his efforts to mould his eldest son, the future Edward VII, into a king; Victoria's political relationship with the charismatic Lord Palmerston; the sudden arrival of Victoria's estranged sister, Feodora, at the palace; and a forbidden romance between one of the Queen's ladies and a footman.

Cast

Main

Featured

The below actors are credited in the opening titles of single episodes in which they play a significant role.

Recurring


Episodes

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1828 August 2016 (2016-08-28)9 October 2016 (2016-10-09)
28 (+1)27 August 2017 (2017-08-27)15 October 2017 (2017-10-15)
25 December 2017 (special)
3824 March 2019 (2019-03-24)[a][7]12 May 2019 (2019-05-12)[a][7]

Series 1 (2016)

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [8]
11"Doll 123"Tom VaughanDaisy Goodwin28 August 2016 (2016-08-28)8.00
Victoria ascends to the throne after the death of her paternal uncle, King William IV. She asserts her independence by standing up to her mother and Sir John Conroy, who reared her under the strict Kensington System. Victoria creates a scandal involving her mother's lady-in-waiting, Lady Flora Hastings, by spreading the rumor that Lady Flora is pregnant with Sir John's child. Lady Flora is forced to undergo a medical examination, which reveals she is a virgin, but with a growing abdominal tumour that will prove fatal. The public is outraged when they learn of the humiliation the dying Lady Flora suffered at Victoria's hands. Victoria despairs over what she has done and feels her reign is tarnished, but is encouraged by the prime minister, Lord Melbourne, to stand tall and face the public.
22"Ladies in Waiting"Tom VaughanDaisy Goodwin29 August 2016 (2016-08-29)7.37
The Whig Prime Minister Lord Melbourne announces he must resign, saying he lacks the required mandate in parliament. Victoria asks the Duke of Wellington to form a new government but he declines, saying he is too old to be prime minister again. He suggests she instead invite Tory leader Sir Robert Peel, which she does reluctantly. However, Peel agrees only on the condition that she dismiss some of her Ladies of the Bedchamber, as four are married to Whig ministers, and replace them with the wives of Tories. The queen refuses, as she considers the ladies to be her intimate friends and not political pawns. This leads to the Bedchamber crisis. Melbourne insists he cannot undermine the British constitution by governing solely at the monarch's whim, but he eventually gives in and stays on as Prime Minister. Victoria's mother, Sir John, and her paternal uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, scheme to install a regency to limit Victoria's power by making people believe she inherited the madness of her grandfather, King George III.
33"Brocket Hall"Tom VaughanDaisy Goodwin4 September 2016 (2016-09-04)7.75
Sir John and Victoria's mother want her to marry, believing she is too independent and needs a man to control her. Victoria's maternal uncle, King Leopold of Belgium, arrives to pressure her to marry his nephew and her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Victoria has no interest in Albert. Leopold tries to get Lord Melbourne to support the scheme; Melbourne believes there is no hurry to push her into a marriage if it is with the wrong person. Victoria, believing she is in love with Melbourne, pursues him, but he rebuffs her. Tired of Sir John, Victoria offers him a baronetcy and pension for him to leave court, devastating her mother. Following the Newport Rising, Victoria takes pity on the leaders and commutes their death sentences to exile in Australia.
44"The Clockwork Prince"Sandra GoldbacherDaisy Goodwin11 September 2016 (2016-09-11)7.62
Albert visits Victoria. They are mutually aloof and resentful for being pushed on each other. Some at court feel Albert, as a younger son and prince of a minor duchy, is inferior to her. As they spend time together, an attraction slowly grows. Albert, however, challenges Victoria on Lord Melbourne's influence over her and his sheltering her from reality, such as the poverty of the masses. Following an argument, Albert prepares to leave, believing he has lost her favour. Victoria has come to terms with her love for Albert, but hesitates to propose to him, as she is unsure of his response. After confiding her worries to Leopold and being given some encouragement, Victoria proposes and Albert eagerly accepts.
55"An Ordinary Woman"Sandra GoldbacherDaisy Goodwin18 September 2016 (2016-09-18)7.65
When Victoria announces her engagement, the Tory parliament reacts with hostility at the idea of a German consort, especially one who would be given a British title and hefty annual allowance. Additionally, the Duke of Wellington calls attention to the certainty that Albert is not a Catholic, which would preclude Victoria from marrying him without abdicating her crown. Though unable to give him a royal title such as Duke or King, Victoria makes Albert a Knight of the Garter and gives him a small allowance. Albert is offended, feeling he will be without position or independence, while Victoria worries that the allowance would enable him to keep a mistress, as did her Uncle Leopold. They reassure each other and, on 10 February 1840, they are married.
66"The Queen's Husband"Olly BlackburnDaisy Goodwin25 September 2016 (2016-09-25)7.65
Victoria and Albert are happily married. However, Victoria fears she will die in childbirth like her cousin and aunt Princess Charlotte, whose death led to Victoria inheriting the crown. Her lady's maid gives her useless advice to avoid pregnancy. Victoria curries favor with her paternal uncle the Duke of Sussex, who is unable to present his wife at court because their morganatic marriage is in violation of the Royal Marriages Act 1772. Although his wife is the daughter of an earl, she is not of royal birth. Victoria uses her discretion to make her the Duchess of Inverness and welcomes her to court. An abolitionist group asks Victoria to open its London meeting, held in June 1840. She says she will publicly support the cause, but is unable to open it because of her position. Albert instead volunteers to give an address against slavery, a subject he feels strongly about. His speech is considered a great success for him.
77"The Engine of Change"Olly BlackburnGuy Andrews2 October 2016 (2016-10-02)7.31
Victoria, pregnant with her first child, is desperately afraid of dying in childbirth. Her mother insists she refrain from affairs of state and rest full-time. The ministers ask Victoria to choose a regent in the case she dies in childbirth but her baby survives. She insists on Albert as regent, which enrages the Tories. However, Sir Robert Peel believes Albert could be influenced and supports him as regent. Albert takes an interest in the building of the railway to improve Great Britain, a project Victoria discourages him from pursuing. Sir Robert takes Albert to ride on his locomotive, which infuriates her. Albert, however, insists that he have some measure of influence in his new country, while she worries that his doing so could undermine her own authority as queen. Nevertheless Victoria bravely ventures out to take a ride on the locomotive herself, which she finds exhilarating.
88"Young England"Olly BlackburnDaisy Goodwin9 October 2016 (2016-10-09)7.74
The pregnant Victoria insists on her daily carriage rides to greet her subjects. The Duke of Cumberland, now the King of Hanover, insists that the British people are unaccepting of the German Albert as regent should death result from childbirth. Cumberland hints of assassination threats. On 10 June 1840, Edward Oxford attempts to assassinate Victoria during a carriage ride. Cumberland, who is first in line to the throne if Victoria dies, is blamed but denies any involvement. Oxford's guns were unloaded at the time. He is declared not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to a lunatic asylum. On 21 November 1840, Victoria gives birth without complications to a healthy baby girl, also named Victoria.

Series 2 (2017)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [8]
91"A Soldier's Daughter"Lisa James LarssonDaisy Goodwin27 August 2017 (2017-08-27)6.17
A month after giving birth to her daughter, Victoria finds that the government has not been confiding in her with their business, and becomes irritated with Albert for helping them. After being confined to her rooms to recover from childbirth, Victoria learns that British troops were slain in the Anglo-Afghan War, and she refuses Leopold's attempt to betroth the princess to another country for political purposes. With the public angered over the troops's defeats, Victoria makes her first post-childbirth public appearance at the launch of HMS Trafalgar, while Albert seek advice from his brother, Ernest, on how to repair the rift between him and Victoria. Miss Skerrett is promoted following the departure of Mrs. Jenkins, while Francatelli, the Queen's previous chef is persuaded to return. The Duchess of Buccleuch is appointed as the Queen's new Mistress of the Robes following the Duchess of Sutherland's resignation.
102"The Green-Eyed Monster"Lisa James LarssonDaisy Goodwin3 September 2017 (2017-09-03)6.62
Albert resists his profligate father's demands regarding Albert's finances, and as a result, Albert visits the Royal Society to meet with the pioneers of the computing industry, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace. He invites the two to a palace function. Victoria becomes suspicious and jealous of Albert's admiration of Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, a man known for his many affairs. Victoria wonders if Albert intends to make her his mistress. She seeks assurance from Lord Melbourne that the relationship between the two exists for the reasons of science and shared interests; he successfully consoles her. Victoria finds herself pregnant again, causing initial distress due to the short lapse of time since the first birth, but it eventually gives her and Albert a reason to reconcile. In the kitchens, a young thief makes his way through the castle, convincing Miss Cleary, the Queen's assistant dresser, that the castle is haunted and a ghost roams the halls.
113"Warp and Weft"Geoffrey SaxDaisy Goodwin10 September 2017 (2017-09-10)6.56
After the presence of the thief becomes known to the Queen and her husband, Albert becomes apprehensive about the presence of the boy and inefficiency of the household staff. The wages of the staff are increased as an incentive to make them more attentive. Victoria holds a meeting with a silk weaver from Spitalfields, who explains how local weavers are hurt by imported foreign silk. To support the local weavers, Victoria decides to hold a ball with all the costumes made from Spitalfields material. Sir Robert Peel advises against it, and on the night of the ball, villagers gather outside the palace to protest the extravagance when people are starving. An ailing Lord Melbourne also attends the ball and attempts to hide his condition from Victoria. After Melbourne reveals his condition to Albert, Victoria visits Melbourne for an emotional goodbye. She returns to the palace and discovers her beloved dog, Dash has died; she inters him on the Palace grounds.
124"The Sins of the Father"Geoffrey SaxOttilie Wilford17 September 2017 (2017-09-17)6.77
Victoria's birth of a son is painful and she experiences postpartum depression. When Albert travels to Germany to attend his father's funeral, he learns that Leopold believes that he may be Albert's biological father. Albert's mother found comfort with Leopold while her husband ignored her and pursued other women. Albert, questioning his beliefs and his sense of identity, drinks excessively that evening, then departs for England the next day without a farewell. Victoria, encouraged by the Duchess of Buccleuch, continues making public appearances, though her depression makes it exhausting. Miss Skerrett reveals to the Queen that it was her cousin, Eliza, who sold the story about the palace thief to the newspapers, and that Eliza's intended position as dresser fell to Skerrett to assume her identity as Eliza becomes pregnant. Victoria prepares to remove Skerrett from the palace, but Albert persuades her to allow the woman to remain.
135"Entente Cordiale"Jim LoachDaisy Goodwin24 September 2017 (2017-09-24)6.13
Robert Peel expresses his concerns to Victoria about that the King of France, Louis Philippe I have planning to marry his son, Duke of Montpensier, to the Queen Isabel II of Spain. Peel fears that an alliance between France and Spain could be against the best interests of Britain, and so Victoria travels to France to discuss the matter and persuade Louis Philippe to consider another betrothal. Victoria finds herself annoyed at the King's constant refusal to discuss the topic, and vexed by Albert being unsupportive and distant behaviour. Albert reveals his fear that he may be illegitimate, but Victoria reassures him that who is his father is not her care. They do talk to Louis Philippe about the betrothal and are convinced that he is against the match. Upon return to England, Victoria comes to learn that Louis went ahead with the betrothal. Their frustration is lifted, however, when it is discovered that Victoria is pregnant again.
146"Faith, Hope & Charity"Jim LoachDaisy Goodwin1 October 2017 (2017-10-01)6.05
Victoria has given birth to a daughter, Alice, and Ernest returns to England for the christening. A severe famine is caused by a potato blight, affecting the Catholic country of Ireland. The vicar Robert Traill receives an apathetic response from the Protestant clergy, writes to Victoria for assistance and she organizes a meeting with him. Peel refuses to help alongside her, claiming that showing any form of favouritism, especially to the Irish, would cause unrest and resentment at home and in the government. Albert works on improving the palace and of the City of London hygiene and sanitation with the Royal Society. Ernest secretly sees a doctor for his syphilis. After meeting with Victoria, Traill falls sick with typhus, and aid is sent not in time to help him and he dies, along with a million of his countrymen. Francatelli, after talking with Cleary about her family, gives her, to pawn, his gold watch to help her family in the time of need; Cleary is later distressed when she discovers that her relatives have immigrated to the United States to escape the famine.
157"The King Over the Water"Daniel O'HaraOttilie Wilford8 October 2017 (2017-10-08)6.47
After an attempt is made to assassinate Victoria, she and Albert decide to travel to the Scottish Highlands, visiting and staying with the Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle in Perthshire. While out on a ride with their entourage, they tire of the entertainment provided and make an escape to the countryside to spend time alone. They become lost and seek refuge with an elderly couple in their small home. Victoria and Albert find themselves at peace with this freedom but are eventually found the following morning. Drummond, who is scheduled to enter into a marriage for political purposes, enjoys his time with Lord Alfred Paget, and they passionately kiss. Ernest, who previously received news from Albert that the Duchess of Sutherland's husband has passed away, making her a widow, his attempts at flirting with her come to be successful.
168"The Luxury of Conscience"Daniel O'HaraDaisy Goodwin15 October 2017 (2017-10-15)6.40
Peel takes to parliament the ideas of repealing the Corn Laws and making international trade tariff-free, where he faces opposition for his ideas. However, his cause is supported by Albert who attends a session of parliament; his presence and Peel are mocked by both the Tories and the Whigs. A romantic situation begins to form between Francatelli and Nancy Skerrett. When Leopold arrives unexpectedly, Albert is unsettled, and there is tension in the palace. Victoria later quarrels with Albert when he expresses his fears that Baroness Lehzen is improperly caring for their children. When their eldest daughter falls ill, she is diagnosed with a serious fever that could kill her, and Victoria relents and dismisses Lehzen. Peel's bill is passed. Drummond is shot dead shielding Peel from an assassin outside the Palace of Westminster. Peel resigns as Prime Minister. Ernest's syphilis presents indications so he breaks off with the Duchess. Leopold makes attempts to improve his relationship with Victoria and Albert.
Special
17"Comfort and Joy"Jim LoachDaisy Goodwin25 December 2017 (2017-12-25)5.44
During the Christmas of 1846, Albert introduces the court to Christmas trees, and begins decorating the halls for the festive season. He invites Victoria's mother to Christmas, without seeking Victoria's approval. The African girl, Sarah, is given from the King of Dahomey. Victoria tries her best to make Sarah feel welcome within the palace, despite Albert's advice. King Leopold continues his attempts to marry Ernest to a princess from Germany, who originates from a wealthy family. But Ernest continues his admiration of Duchess Harriet, all the while keeping the secret of his illness from the Duchess. Paget, still mourning Drummond's death, eventually proposes and becomes engaged to Wilhelmina, the great-niece of the Duchess of Buccleuch. Penge's financial hope in a railway scheme connecting Leeds to Thirsk comes to naught. Nancy comes into an inheritance from her uncle, which she later declines when discovering the inheritance is valued in slaves; she becomes engaged to Francatelli. The royal couple argue over their expectations for their family's Christmas based on their painful childhoods. But after Albert almost drowns while skating, Victoria and Albert realize they must put their pasts aside in order to give their children a memorable Christmas.

Series 3 (2019)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal US
air date
Original UK
air date [7]
UK viewers
(millions) [8]
181"Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown"Geoffrey SaxDaisy Goodwin13 January 2019 (2019-01-13)24 March 2019TBD
Victoria has had two more children: Prince Alfred and Princess Helena respectively, and is pregnant with her sixth child. As the Revolutions of 1848 spread across the Continent, revolutionary ideas grow amongst Britain’s working class. King Louis Philippe, now deposed by the French people in favour of a republic, requests asylum in Britain. Despite warnings from the Prime Minister Lord John Russell and the Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston that hosting foreigners might turn public opinion against her, Victoria gives the king permission to travel to London. Victoria's maternal half-sister, Princess Feodora of Leiningen, unexpectedly arrives at Buckingham Palace, seeking safety from the revolutionaries in Germany. Inspired by the revolutions, the Chartists protest against the monarchy, and Albert insists the family retreat to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. When Victoria and Albert finally agree to leave the next day, a Chartist protest outside the Palace culminates with a brick being thrown through the window where Victoria was standing, and the shock causes her waters to break.
192"London Bridge is Falling Down"Geoffrey SaxDaisy Goodwin20 January 2019 (2019-01-20)31 March 2019TBD
Victoria goes into labour as the Chartists continue their protests at the palace gates, though they soon pull back. Victoria safely gives birth to her fourth daughter, Princess Louise, named after Albert's mother. The Prime Minister, along with Lord Palmerston and the Duke of Wellington, ask Victoria to sign the order to set up troops to block the Chartists. Victoria insists that the Chartists should be allowed to deliver their charter to Westminster as they are a peaceful movement and refuses to sign. When she learns that a police search was conducted at the Chartists' headquarters and they found numerous rifles, Victoria believes they were meant to kill her and signs the order. Albert confronts Louis Philippe after he frightens both Vicky and Bertie into believing Victoria will executed by guillotine and decides their family must depart for Osborne House. Lord Palmerston rescues the Duchess of Monmouth after her carriage is attacked. After passing numerous soldiers guarding the bridge to Westminster, Victoria changes her mind and decides to let the Chartists present their charter. After arriving at Osborne House, Victoria receives a letter from the Duke with the report of the Chartists safely delivering the charter with no harm and becomes frustrated she was not there to witness it.
203"Et in Arcadia"Geoffrey SaxGuy Andrews27 January 2019 (2019-01-27)7 April 2019TBD
While the Royal Family stays at Osborne House, Victoria gets word that Palmerston is hosting Lajos Kossuth, the Hungarian democrat and leader of its constitutionalists, who is met with support from much of Parliament. Victoria sees it as an act of insubordination; she and Albert argue about returning to London. Instead, Victoria invites Lord Palmerston and Lord Russell to stay at Osborne House to discuss the issue. Victoria and Albert clash about how to raise Bertie. Victoria and Palmerston come to a mutual understanding of each other and she permits him to dine with Kossuth. Francatelli resigns and encourages a reluctant Nancy to do the same so they can start a new life together. Nancy informs Victoria of her resignation and marriage. The Royal Family returns to London at Victoria's insistence. After arriving home, Victoria attempts to visit Albert in his office, but he locks himself in, ignoring her pleas to let her in.
214"Foreign Bodies"Chloë ThomasOttilie Wilford3 February 2019 (2019-02-03)14 April 2019TBD
Victoria and Albert exchange letters arguing whether Albert should leave for the University of Cambridge after being offered the position of Chancellor and about Bertie's education. Victoria wants him to be by her side for a reception as she receives ambassadors from foreign countries for Louise's christening. At the subsequent reception, she learns of a cholera outbreak which has hit London. Physician John Snow suspects that contaminated water is the cause of the outbreak and Victoria insists on hearing his theories despite resistance from sceptical medical authorities. At Cambridge, the Earl of Powis competes with Albert to become the new Chancellor. Though Albert wins with the most votes, he attempts to decline the post, believing the students won't support him as he is not popular with them. Albert accepts after some encouragement from Lord Palmerston, who reveals that he voted for Albert. Nancy reveals to Francatelli she is pregnant, but later contracts cholera after drinking a tonic to cure morning sickness, unaware it was made with contaminated water. Snow locates the source of the disease, a pump in Soho, and has it shut down. After visiting Nancy before she dies, Victoria reads the letter from Nancy that she previously ignored and seeks comfort from Albert, who has returned home, and they reconcile. Francatelli names the hotel, "Nancy's", after his late wife.
225"A Show of Unity"Chloë ThomasGuy Andrews10 February 2019 (2019-02-10)21 April 2019TBD
After another assassination attempt during her usual carriage ride with her two eldest children and Sophie, the Duchess of Monmouth, Victoria learns from Abigail, whom she has hired from the recommendation in Nancy's letter, that even though the Great Famine in Ireland is drawing to a close in 1849, the country still has a strong independence movement. Victoria decides to visit after she realizes that no monarch of the United Kingdom has visited Ireland since the Middle Ages. Bertie stays in London with his new tutor, Mr Caine, while Feodora is supposed to watch the other children. At Palmerston's estate near Sligo, Victoria learns of the open marriage between Lord and Lady Palmerston. Albert asks Lord Palmerston where all his tenants have gone and Palmerston explains that he helped them emigrate to New York. Sophie grows closer to Joseph, the footman. Returning home, Victoria discovers Mr Caine abusing Bertie while teaching him after Abigail expresses concerns. Horrified, Albert worries that he will damage his children and is grateful they will not have any more until Victoria tells him she is pregnant with their seventh child.
236"A Coburg Quartet"Chloë ThomasDaisy Goodwin17 February 2019 (2019-02-17)28 April 2019TBD
Victoria's maternal uncle, King Leopold of Belgium, arrives for the christening of her seventh child, Prince Arthur, in May 1850. Upon receiving the morning paper, Victoria discovers that some private drawings by herself and Albert have been copied and printed by the press, which she perceives as an affront to her dignity but which Abigail and Lord Palmerston tell her are making her more popular. Albert has a phrenologist study Bertie's head and becomes worried both Victoria and Bertie have inherited George III's temperament. Feodora organizes a Georgian era themed christening ball, but Victoria is displeased that Feodora has sold tickets to guests that the queen does not approve of. During the ball, Feodora reveals to Victoria that their mother and Leopold sent her away after Victoria's paternal uncle, King George IV, tormented his brothers by entertaining the possibility of marrying Feodora and producing an heir. Sophie, the Duchess of Monmouth, begins an affair with Joseph, the footman. Victoria comes to believe that Feodora hates her and to fear that Albert no longer loves her.
247"A Public Inconvenience"Delyth ThomasOttilie Wilford24 February 2019 (2019-02-24)5 May 2019TBD
Lord Palmerston and Albert struggle against negative public opinion - Lord Palmerston for his gunboat diplomacy response to the mistreatment of Don Pacifico in Greece and Albert for his ambitious project to realize a great exhibition celebrating modern industrial technology. Victoria moves to lessen Feodora's influence by inviting Feodora's daughter, Adelheid, to England as a friendly overture. Sophie, the Duchess of Monmouth, considers running away with Joseph, but her husband arranges for two doctors to imprison her for insanity. Concerned Albert will be humiliated if the exhibition fails, Victoria tries to distract him by offering the post of Commander-in-Chief as the Duke of Wellington is retiring, though Albert declines. While Lord Palmerston regains his public approval, Albert is discouraged by various setbacks to his project and decides to become Commander-in-Chief. Victoria decides to support his dream regardless of the outcome, and Albert finds an architect who can create the design required to ensure the Great Exhibition will succeed. Albert explains to Victoria that since it has been 10 years of marriage their love has changed but still exists.
258"The White Elephant"Delyth ThomasDaisy Goodwin3 March 2019 (2019-03-03)12 May 2019TBD
The Great Exhibition of 1851 goes off without a hitch much to the royal family's relief, and Albert is cheered by the masses at the end of the exhibition. Victoria forces the Duke of Monmouth to allow his imprisoned wife to attend the exhibition, where Joseph arranges for her to flee with him the next day to go to the United States. However, Victoria confronts Sophie, chiding for considering the notion of abandoning her son, and offers to get her a separate house from the Duke. Lord Palmerston's public declaration of support for Napoleon III taking over France creates a negative reaction in Parliament that forces him to resign as foreign secretary. Victoria and Albert's relationship with Feodora comes to a head when she admits contemplating Lord Palmerston's suggestion of a marriage between her daughter and Napoleon III and not the marriage to the prince of Germany as Albert wished. Feodora storms out of Victoria's room vowing to leave for good with her daughter, but Victoria attempts one last attempt at reconciliation. The episode ends in uncertainty as Albert, while talking to Victoria, collapses onto the palace floor. Joseph waits for Sophie at Euston Station, and Lord Palmerston and his wife decide to stay in London as Palmerston seeks to become Prime Minister.

Production

Development

The series was announced in September 2015, following Coleman's decision to leave Doctor Who to join the cast as Queen Victoria.[9][10] Daisy Goodwin said in October 2016 that a Christmas special episode for the 2016 series had been proposed and was rejected by ITV; one was subsequently commissioned for 2017 after the rising ratings popularity for Victoria.[11]

In September 2016, ITV renewed Victoria for a second series, followed by a Christmas special.[12][13] In December 2017, Victoria was renewed for a third series, with Coleman and Hughes set to return.[14]

Beyond the renewal, ITV administration reportedly expects Victoria to run for a total of six series, although whether Jenna Coleman will remain as the lead actress as the series moves into depicting Victoria's later years is uncertain.[15]

Producers Mammoth Screen picked Screen Yorkshire's Church Fenton Studios which is in Tadcaster North Yorkshire, as the central base for the recreation of Buckingham Palace. Church Fenton Studios recently launched, so Victoria subsequently became the first production to film there. It is the first time Yorkshire has needed a large scale studio space to host a major drama. Mammoth Screen spent seven months filming in Yorkshire.[16]

Filming

Much of Victoria was filmed in Yorkshire. The interiors of Castle Howard double as Kensington Palace, Harewood House stands in for Buckingham Palace, with Bramham Park and Wentworth Woodhouse also being in use for both royal residences. Carlton Towers is in use as Windsor Castle, while Beverley Minster replaces Westminster Abbey. Other locations include Raby Castle, Allerton Castle, Newby Hall and Whitby pier. Church Fenton Studios, a converted aircraft hangar at Leeds East Airport near Selby, was in use to recreate some interiors of Buckingham Palace.[17][18] Parts of Liverpool's Georgian quarter were used for exterior locations for the filming of the third series.[19]

Filming for the third series began in May 2018, after filming for The Cry, another series that Coleman starred in, commenced in Australia in February 2018,[20][21] and concluded in May 2018, so that production on the third series of Victoria could commence.[22]

Music

The theme song is by Martin Phipps, sung by the Mediæval Bæbes. Phipps also wrote and conducted incidental music for the early episodes. For later episodes the conducting role was undertaken by Ruth Barrett.[23] An official soundtrack for the first series was released on 12 January 2017.[24][25] On 23 February 2019, Barrett has posted via her instagram, she will be releasing a second official soundtrack to accompany the second and third seasons.[26] The second official soundtrack was released 22 February 2019 via Amazon for the United States and will be released at a later date for the United Kingdom.[27]

Release

Broadcast

The eight-episode first series premiered on ITV on 28 August 2016 in the UK, and on PBS on 15 January 2017 in the United States as part of Masterpiece.[28] The series premiered on 4 April 2017 in Canada on Vision TV,[29] and January 2019 on ViuTV6 in Hong Kong.

The eight-episode second series premiered on ITV on 27 August 2017, and on PBS on 14 January 2018.[30][31] The second series premiered in Canada on 26 September 2018 on Vision TV.[32]

The eight-episode third series was broadcast on PBS from 13 January to 3 March 2019,[33] before the series broadcasts in the UK,[34] where it is expected to begin on ITV on 24 March 2019.[35][36]

Home media

In Region 2, the first series of Victoria was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 10 October 2016.[37] The second series was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 13 November 2017.[38] The 2017 feature-length Christmas Special was released on DVD 26 December 2017.[39]

In Region 1, the first series of Victoria was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 31 January 2017.[40] The second series of Victoria was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 30 January 2018.[41]

Reception

Critical reception

The critics' reviews of the first series have been positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first series holds a rating of 80%, based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 6.77/10. The site's consensus reads, "Strong performances by Jenna Coleman and Rufus Sewell hint at Downton-esque potential for Victoria, but the narrative falls just shy of that soapy mark".[42] The second series holds a rating of 87%, based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 6.17/10. The site's consensus reads, "Victoria's sophomore season finds this striking period drama returning with a second batch of episodes that are just as absorbing as its first."[42] On Metacritic, the first series has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[43]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref
2017 British Academy Television Craft Awards Best Make Up and Hair Design Nic Collins Nominated [44]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) Martin Phipps, Ruth Barrett, Natalie Holt for "Doll 123" Nominated [45]
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Martin Phipps Nominated [45]

Notes

  1. ^ a b The third series was broadcast on PBS in the United States ahead of its original release on ITV in the United Kingdom. See the episode table and broadcast section for the dates.

References

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  2. ^ a b c d "Tom Hughes to star as Prince Albert in major new ITV drama Victoria". ITV Press Centre. ITV. 14 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (21 October 2015). "Rufus Sewell Joins ITV's 'Victoria' As Period Drama Adds More Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  4. ^ "It was impossible to turn down Victoria, says Jenna Coleman". The Indian Express. PTI. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
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  6. ^ Leane, Rob (22 October 2015). "Victoria: first pic of Jenna Coleman, Eve Myles joins cast". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing Limited.
  7. ^ a b c "TV Time - Victoria". TVShow Time. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. The viewer figures take into account total live viewing in SD and HD, and +1 figures, and are viewed under ITV Total (Incl. +1).
  9. ^ "Jenna Coleman is Leaving Doctor Who". BBC. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  10. ^ Barraclough, Leo (18 September 2015). "Jenna Coleman Leaving 'Doctor Who' to Play Queen Victoria". Variety. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  11. ^ Frost, Caroline (14 October 2016). "'Victoria' Drama Christmas Offer Turned Down By ITV, Reveals Creator Daisy Godwin". The Huffington Post.
  12. ^ Dowell, Ben (23 September 2016). "Hallelujah! Victoria to return for a second series". RadioTimes. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  13. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (6 October 2016). "ITV's Victoria gets a 2017 Christmas special, reveals screenwriter Daisy Goodwin". RadioTimes. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  14. ^ Clarke, Stewart (12 December 2017). "Jenna Coleman Returning for Season Three of 'Victoria'". Variety. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  15. ^ Frost, Caroline (11 October 2016). "'Victoria': ITV Bosses 'Considering Six Series in Total, But Swapping Jenna Coleman Halfway Through". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 29 December 2016. (Subscription required (help)).
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  17. ^ "Where was Victoria filmed?". Radio Times. 25 September 2016.
  18. ^ Penfold, Phil (27 August 2016). "Filmed in Yorkshire, could Victoria fill the gap left by Downton?". The Yorkshire Post.
  19. ^ Kirkham, Jenny (12 June 2018). "This is what they were filming in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter today". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  20. ^ "First look at Jenna Coleman in BBC One's The Cry and further casting". BBC. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  21. ^ Kentera, Yasmin (26 February 2018). "Australia's finest join the cast of new drama The Cry". ABC. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  22. ^ Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (25 September 2018). "When is Jenna Coleman's child abduction thriller The Cry coming to TV?". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  23. ^ Dowell, Ben (25 September 2016). "What is the Victoria title music? Who wrote the theme? Who sings it? Was it played at her wedding to Albert?". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  24. ^ "Well we have rather excellent news... It's here... Head over to Spotify 👑 🎶 #Victoria #Soundtrack". Facebook. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Victoria (Original Soundtrack)". Spotify. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Music from series 2&3 ready for anyone who fancies more Victoria tunes". Instagram. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  27. ^ "'Victoria' Season 2 & 3 Soundtrack Released". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  28. ^ Martin, William (12 August 2016). "US start date confirmed for Jenna Coleman's 'Victoria' series". CultBox. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  29. ^ "Episodes - Vision TV Channel Canada". Vision TV Canada. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  30. ^ Doran, Sarah (17 August 2017). "JK Rowling and Jenna Coleman set for Bank Holiday Sunday clash". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  31. ^ Petski, Denise (16 August 2017). "'Victoria' Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On PBS". Deadline. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  32. ^ "Episodes - Vision TV Channel Canada". Vision TV Canada.
  33. ^ "Victoria - MASTERPIECE on PBS". PBS. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  34. ^ Harp, Justin. "Victoria season 3 will air in the US before ITV – and fans aren't happy". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  35. ^ "Official Victoria via Instragram: 'Destiny means that #Victoria will return to UK screens this month on @ITV!"". Instagram. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  36. ^ "Official Victoria via Twitter: 'Royal announcement! #Victoria will be returning to @ITV on 24th March at 9pm. 👑"". Twitter. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
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  38. ^ "Victoria Series 2 [DVD] [2017]". Amazon. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  39. ^ "Victoria - The Christmas Special: Comfort and Joy [DVD] [2017]". Amazon. 2017-12-26. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
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  44. ^ "Television Craft Awards Winners 2017". British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). 2017-03-26. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
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