Jenna Coleman as Victoria 'Victoria' TV show - 2016 - Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Jenna Coleman as Victoria
‘Victoria’ TV show – 2016 – Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Tonight sees the much-anticipated premiere of ITV’s ambitious 8-part drama, ‘Victoria’, starring Jenna Coleman. Catch it tonight at 9pm.

The 95-minute episode will see the inexperienced 18-year-old Victoria becoming Queen in a glorious coronation but then struggling to cope with her new royal responsibilities.

Jenna Coleman as Victoria and Tom Hughes as Albert 'Victoria' TV show - 2016 - Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Jenna Coleman as Victoria and Tom Hughes as Albert
‘Victoria’ TV show – 2016 – Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Victoria is made by Mammoth Screen, producers of Poldark (BBC One) and Endeavour (ITV), and is created and written by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut. Daisy serves as executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Endeavour, Indian Summers) and Mammoth Screen’s Managing Director Damien Timmer (Parade’s End, Poldark).

The huge cast includes Rufus Sewell as Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, Peter Firth as the Duke of Cumberland, Catherine Fleming as the Duchess of Kent, Eve Myles as Mrs Jenkins, the Queens Dresser, Tommy Knight as young Brodie and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert – to name only a few!

If you enjoy episode one there is not long to wait for episode 2. Tune in tomorrow (Monday 29th August) for an hour-long episode. Same time, same place!

Synopsis – Episode 1 – Doll no.123

When eighteen-year-old Victoria becomes Queen, her mother the Duchess of Kent, led by her advisor, Conroy, circle around the young monarch, itching to seize power. Hating Conroy and exasperated by her mother’s dependence on him, Victoria shuns them both. 

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria 'Victoria' TV show - 2016 - Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria
‘Victoria’ TV show – 2016 – Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Below stairs, the servants adjust to their new boss, Victoria’s trusted governess Lehzen. Jenkins, the Queen’s dresser, is incensed to learn that Lehzen has appointed her an assistant without consulting her, the mysterious Skerrett.

Victoria copes with the unknown with the help of her Prime Minister Lord Melbourne. They are enchanted by each other: Victoria by the older man’s erudite wisdom, and he by the young Queen’s irresistible guilelessness. Gossip erupts over the closeness of their relationship and Melbourne, fearing scandal, retreats, leaving Victoria prey to Conroy, who seizes the chance to take control and undermine the Queen.

Victoria rushes into an ill-considered accusation and the glory of her coronation is abruptly curtailed when she learns she has covered the crown in scandal.

Cast:

  • Victoria – Jenna Coleman
  • Lord Melbourne – Rufus Sewell
  • Duke of Cumberland – Peter Firth
  • Duchess of Kent – Catherine Flemming
  • Baroness Lehzen – Daniela Holtz
  • Skerrett – Nell Hudson
  • Francatelli – Ferdinand Kingsley
  • Brodie – Tommy Knight
  • Mrs Jenkins – Eve Myles
  • Sir John Conroy – Paul Rhys
  • Penge – Adrian Schiller
  • Archbishop of Canterbury – Pete Ivatts
  • Lord Melbourne’s butler – Michael Parkhouse
  • Lady Flora Hastings – Alice Orr-Ewing
  • Lady Emma Portman – Anna Wilson-Jones
  • Lord Portman – Robin McCallum
  • Duchess of Cumberland – Nichola McAuliffe
  • Lord Chancellor – Richard Dixon
  • Lord Hastings – Julian Finnigan
  • Duke of Sutherland Tom Price
  • Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland – Margaret Clunie
  • The Grand Duke – Daniel Donskoy
  • Lord Alfred Paget – Jordan Waller
  • Sir James Clark – Robin Soans

Crew:

  • Writer – Daisy Goodwin
  • Director – Tom Vaughan
  • Producer – Paul Frift
  • Executive Producer – Daisy Goodwin
  • Executive Producer – Dan McCulloch
  • Executive Producer – Damien Timmer

The series is also due to air on Masterpiece on PBS in the US from 15th January 2017.

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