Alleluia! Fans of Jenna Coleman’s leading role as Queen Victoria, you may rejoice. We’re only halfway through the first series, but ITV has already commissioned a royal return for the show.
As a result of critical acclaim, ITV today announced that Victoria will indeed return for a second series. The show has been a huge ratings success, averaging 7.7 million viewers and a 29.7% audience share. Only five episodes in, it’s been the top-rated ITV drama of the year so far. There’s also been rave reviews across the board, and we’ve certainly been fans of the series to date here on Blogtor Who. ITV’s Director of Television Kevin Lygo said: “Mammoth and Daisy Goodwin have brought the characters so vividly to life in this series, and we’re thrilled with the reception for Victoria”. As such, it’s no surprise to see Victoria coming back for more – and we’re definitely not complaining!
Fans can rest easy as the same cast and crew will be at the helm for the next outing. It is confirmed that Jenna Coleman will return to play Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes will reprise his role as her husband, Prince Albert. Writer Daisy Goodwin will also return to pen the scripts and serve as executive producer for Victoria Series 2. However, we can assume it is unlikely that Rufus Sewell will return as Lord Melbourne due to historical reasons.
What can we expect from Series 2?
The first series of Victoria takes viewers up to the birth of the monarch’s first child. The second will see the young queen dealing with a new dilemma: motherhood. Daisy Goodwin promises Victoria will have “to juggle children with her husband and her job”. In her own words: “As Victoria will discover, it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth!”. Meanwhile, Damien Timmer from Mammoth Screen notes that we can expect “constitutional crises, scandals at court and personal challenges aplenty for the Queen and Prince Albert”.
It is not yet known when Victoria Series 2 will air on ITV. Stay tuned to Blogtor Who for more information as it is announced.