Will Clara be returning in Twice Upon a Time? Who knows. But we can confirm that Jenna Coleman will be on at least one television channel this Christmas Day.

Following a spectacular second series, Victoria returns to ITV on 25th December (9pm) for a two-hour long festive special. Titled Comfort and Joy, the episode will be set in Christmas 1846. While Victoria is feeling melancholy following the departure of Baroness Lehzen, Prince Albert transforms Buckingham Palace into a festive wonderland. According to writer Daisy Goodwin, the special is “utterly brilliant” and “there’ll be a lot of snow”.

If it’s anywhere near as magical as the previous two seasons, we’re in for a right royal treat!


Victoria and Albert have very different expectations for a family Christmas, and the arrival of a young African orphan at the Palace puts them at loggerheads. Victoria is uncharacteristically melancholy in the festive season. Albert, on the other hand, is gripped by an obsession with staging the perfect family Christmas, and ruffles feathers as he transforms the Palace into a magical festive wonderland. But Victoria is furious to find that, in fact, Albert has invited two very unwelcome house guests. ‘Tis the season for historic enmities to finally climax, new romances to blossom and sacrifices to be made… but a terrifying accident calls the couple’s priorities into question, and Victoria and Albert finally realise that they must leave behind the pain of their upbringings if they are to give their own children the Christmas that they never had.

Victoria returns to ITV for the Christmas special on 25th December at 9pm.


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