Victoria (UK TV series)
|Created by||Daisy Goodwin|
|Country of origin|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||17 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||United Kingdom|
|Running time||46–69 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Mammoth Screen|
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Original release||28 August 2016– present|
Victoria is a British television drama series created and principally written by Daisy Goodwin, which stars Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. The series premiered in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2016 on ITV, and in the United States on 15 January 2017 on PBS, which supported its production as part of the Masterpiece anthology.
The first series consisted of eight episodes and concluded on 9 October 2016. In September 2016, ITV renewed Victoria for an eight-episode second series, which premiered in the UK on 27 August 2017 and was followed by a 2017 Christmas special. In December 2017, Victoria was renewed for a third series.
The first 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 series 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.
- Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria
- Tom Hughes as Prince Albert
- Peter Bowles as the Duke of Wellington
- Catherine Flemming as the Duchess of Kent
- Daniela Holtz as Baroness Lehzen (series 1–2)
- Nell Hudson as Miss Skerrett
- Ferdinand Kingsley as Charles Elmé Francatelli
- Tommy Knight as Archibald Brodie
- Nigel Lindsay as Sir Robert Peel
- Eve Myles as Mrs. Jenkins (series 1)
- David Oakes as Prince Ernest
- Paul Rhys as Sir John Conroy (series 1)
- Adrian Schiller as Mr. Penge
- Peter Firth as Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale and King of Hanover
- Alex Jennings as King Leopold
- Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne (series 1–2)
- Bebe Cave as Wilhelmina Cooke (series 2–)
- Margaret Clunie as the Duchess of Sutherland (recurring series 1, main series 2–)
- Tilly Steele as Miss Cleary (series 2–)
- Leo Suter as Edward Drummond (series 2)
- Jordan Waller as Lord Alfred Paget (recurring series 1, main series 2–)
- Anna Wilson-Jones as Lady Portman (recurring series 1, main series 2–)
- Diana Rigg as the Duchess of Buccleuch (series 2–)
- Bruno Wolkowitch as King Louis Philippe (series 2)
- Martin Compston as Dr. Traill (series 2)
- Denis Lawson as the Duke of Atholl (series 2)
- Tom Price as the Duke of Sutherland
- Robin McCallum as Lord Portman
- Richard Dixon as the Lord Chancellor
- Julian Finnigan as Lord Hastings
- Guy Oliver-Watts as Sir James Hayter
- Michael Parkhouse as Lord Melbourne's butler
- Alice Orr-Ewing as Lady Flora Hastings
- Nichola McAuliffe as the Duchess of Cumberland, the German wife of the Duke of Cumberland
- Simon Paisley Day as Lord Chamberlain
- Basil Eidenbenz as Lohlein, Prince Albert's valet
- Harry McEntire as Edward Oxford
- Andrew Scarborough as Captain Childers
- Aoife Kennan as Abigail Owen
- Samantha Colley as Eliza Skerrett
- Robin Soans as Sir James Clark
- Bruce Mackinnon as Hannam
- James Wilby as Sir Piers Gifford
- Annabel Mullion as Lady Beatrice Gifford
- Daisy Brown as Soprano
- Daniel Donskoy as The Grand Duke
- Nicholas Agnew as Prince George
- Andrew Bicknell as the Duke of Coburg
- Carolin Stoltz as Gretchen
- Ben Abell as Rowland Hill
- Gertrude Thoma as Hilde
- Robert MacPherson as Anson
- David Bamber as the Duke of Sussex
- Terence Beesley as Buxton
- Daisy Goodwin as the Duchess of Inverness
- Cornell S. John as Jonas Barrett
- Clare Wille as Lady Peel
- Peter Ivatts as the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Howley.
- Peter Forbes as Craddock
- Alexander Owen as Dr Brydon
- Phil Rowson as John Bright, MP
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||28 August 2016||9 October 2016|
|2||8 (+1)||27 August 2017||15 October 2017|
25 December 2017 (special)
Series 1 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|1||1||"Doll 123"||Tom Vaughan||Daisy Goodwin||28 August 2016||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.|
|2||2||"Ladies in Waiting"||Tom Vaughan||Daisy Goodwin||29 August 2016||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.|
|3||3||"Brocket Hall"||Tom Vaughan||Daisy Goodwin||4 September 2016||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.|
|4||4||"The Clockwork Prince"||Sandra Goldbacher||Daisy Goodwin||11 September 2016||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, and Victoria's love for Albert she has come to terms but hesitates proposal as she is unsure of his response. After confiding her worries to Leopold and being given some encouragement, Victoria proposes and Albert eagerly accepts.|
|5||5||"An Ordinary Woman"||Sandra Goldbacher||Daisy Goodwin||18 September 2016||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.|
|6||6||"The Queen's Husband"||Olly Blackburn||Daisy Goodwin||25 September 2016||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. Prince Albert instead volunteers to give an address against slavery, a subject he feels strongly about. His speech is considered a great success for him.|
|7||7||"The Engine of Change"||Olly Blackburn||Guy Andrews||2 October 2016||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.|
|8||8||"Young England"||Olly Blackburn||Daisy Goodwin||9 October 2016||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)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|9||1||"A Soldier's Daughter"||Lisa James Larsson||Daisy Goodwin||27 August 2017||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.|
|10||2||"The Green-Eyed Monster"||Lisa James Larsson||Daisy Goodwin||3 September 2017||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.|
|11||3||"Warp and Weft"||Geoffrey Sax||Daisy Goodwin||10 September 2017||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.|
|12||4||"The Sins of the Father"||Geoffrey Sax||Ottilie Wilford||17 September 2017||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.|
|13||5||"Entente Cordiale"||Jim Loach||Daisy Goodwin||24 September 2017||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.|
|14||6||"Faith, Hope & Charity"||Jim Loach||Daisy Goodwin||1 October 2017||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.|
|15||7||"The King Over the Water"||Daniel O'Hara||Ottilie Wilford||8 October 2017||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 each other. Ernest receives news that the Duchess of Sutherland's husband has passed away, making her a widow, and his attempts at flirting with her come to be successful.|
|16||8||"The Luxury of Conscience"||Daniel O'Hara||Daisy Goodwin||15 October 2017||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. A man shoots at Peel as he leaves the Palace of Westminster; Drummond is shot dead when he jumps in the way to protect Peel. Devastated by Drummond's loss, 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.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|17||"Comfort and Joy"||Jim Loach||Daisy Goodwin||25 December 2017||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 gifted 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 has a near-death experience while skating, Victoria and Albert realize they must put their pasts aside in order to give their children a memorable Christmas.|
The series was announced in September 2015, following Coleman's decision to leave Doctor Who to join the cast as Queen Victoria. 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.
In September 2016, ITV renewed Victoria for a second series, followed by a Christmas special. In December 2017, Victoria was renewed for a third series, with Coleman and Hughes set to return.
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.
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.
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 the Buckingham Palace. Parts of Liverpool's Georgian quarter were used for exterior locations for the filming of the third series.
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. An official soundtrack for the first series was released on 12 January 2017.
|1.||"Victoria – The Suite"||Benji Merrison, Mediæval Bæbes||3:27|
|2.||"The King is Dead"||2:49|
|7.||"The Wedding"||Mediæval Babes||3:43|
|8.||"The Royal Birth"||2:14|
|10.||"A Royal Affair"||2:05|
|11.||"Victoria Titles"||Mediæval Babes||1:35|
In Region 2, the first series of Victoria was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 10 October 2016. The second series was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 13 November 2017. The 2017 feature-length Christmas Special was released on DVD 26 December 2017.
The critics' reviews of the first series have been positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first series holds a rating of 81%, based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 6,83/10. 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". On Metacritic, the first series has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".
|2017||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Best Make Up and Hair Design||Nic Collins||Nominated|||
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)||Martin Phipps, Ruth Barrett, Natalie Holt for "Doll 123"||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Martin Phipps||Nominated|||
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