Hallelujah! Jenna Coleman finally makes her grand return to the throne on UK shores, as Victoria Series 3 begins airing on ITV tonight.
It’s been a royally long wait, but at 9pm tonight on ITV, UK viewers will finally get to sit down and enjoy Jenna Coleman’s third series of Victoria. This follows the well-documented controversy that the full season actually aired first on Masterpiece PBS in America, leaving UK fans in the dark as to when the show would return to British screens.
For us Brits, it’s now been 15 months since we last saw Jenna on the throne in 2017 Christmas special Comfort and Joy. But at last, we finally have eight new episodes to look forward to! Victoria will air on ITV over the next eight weeks in its traditional Sunday night slot. ITV boss Kevin Lygo previously stated that the reason for such a long delay was due to competition between channels: “We have to…put it up against the right things on the BBC and elsewhere”.
If you can’t wait until 9pm tonight, you can see a sneak peek of the first episode – Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown – by watching the video below:
About Series 3
Victoria Series 3 depicts 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. Writer Daisy Goodwin says: “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”.
Alongside the regular cast, including Jenna and Tom Hughes (Prince Albert), there are some new additions. 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.
Series 4 and Beyond?
As if the premiere of Victoria Series 3 is not exciting enough, a fourth series has also now been confirmed (hopefully we won’t have so long to wait this time!). Writer Daisy Goodwin has started writing the scripts and promises Series 4 will be “an absolute humdinger”. Why’s that, you ask? “Well, you can go to Wikipedia to find out!”
She added: “Somebody might die in it – spoiler! So, that is going to be a great challenge and is going to be an amazing, really good story. Somebody dies and someone new comes on the scene, so there is a lot to play with there. I’ve really got back into it and am really enjoying writing it.”
In fact, Goodwin makes it sound as if Victoria will be on our screens for quite a while to come. “There is so much more to tell, and even [Victoria’s] deathbed was the most fantastic drama of all time”.
However, the question remains whether Jenna Coleman will be able to continue playing the Queen in future series, or whether she will be recast (similar to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman in The Crown). Jenna says: “You see me on screen now with seven children but she is only 30, so I’m only just playing 30, 31 now. But obviously there’s definitely going to be a point where [I need] four hours in make-up. That’s going to be a really heartbreaking thing”.