With the nation still recovering from Royal Wedding fever, Jenna Coleman makes a return to the throne to start filming the third series of Victoria.
Following two successful seasons and a bumper-length Christmas special, ITV’s royally good period drama has started production on another 8-part run. And of course, hot on the heels of filming her new BBC drama The Cry, Jenna Coleman is donning Victoria’s crown once again to reprise her starring role. Tom Hughes is also returning as her husband Prince Albert, and we’re sure we can expect to see plenty of other familiar faces as well.
We won’t only be seeing old characters around the palace though, as there are some new additions to the cast this time around too. Laurence Fox will play Lord Palmerston, the wayward Foreign Secretary, while Kate Fleetwood plays Feodora, Victoria’s mysterious sister who makes an unexpected return into the Queen’s life. Further additions include John Sessions as Prime Minister John Russell and Lily Travers as the Duchess of Monmouth, as well as Nicholas Audsley, David Burnett and Emily Forbes.
Victoria Series 3 will depict a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy. With revolutions on the continent and the Chartist movement reaching its peak in London, Victoria is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety. According to writer Daisy Goodwin: “Victoria and Albert are the most famous couple of the nineteenth century, but underneath the united facade, their relationship is at breaking point and it is a struggle for mastery that neither side can win”.
While the later filming dates suggest Victoria will forgo its usual slot in the ITV autumn schedule, Series 3 is still expected to premiere sometime later this year. Stay tuned to Blogtor Who over the coming months for all the latest news and reviews.