Hallelujah! ITV have finally revealed when the eagerly anticipated Victoria Series 3, starring Jenna Coleman, will air on UK screens.
In a twist of television fate, the new series of Victoria is broadcasting on Masterpiece PBS in America before Britain. US viewers are currently approaching the fifth episode of the eight-part run. But, for UK viewers, it’s been well over a year since we last saw Jenna Coleman’s Queen. Now, at long last, ITV have revealed when Series 3 is set to arrive on screens across Britain.
While an exact air date still hasn’t been announced, ITV boss Kevin Lygo has confirmed that Victoria will return “in the spring or summer”. The reason for such a long delay in the UK apparently all comes down to competition between channels. Lygo commented: “We have to…put it up against the right things on the BBC and elsewhere”.
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.