From tonight, US fans of British drama are in for a right royal treat as ‘Victoria’ starring ex-Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman arrives on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
This new lavish drama will take the 9PM ET slot previously filled by ‘Downton Abbey’ for the next 7 weeks, concluding on March 7th.
‘Victoria’ created and written by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin, premiered in the UK on ITV on August 28th, 2016 receiving a great reception from fans and critics alike.
The series follows the life of a young Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) from the age of eighteen as she ascends to the throne following her father’s passing. While her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, played by Tom Hughes forms a key part of the story. However, being a young queen is tough, and there are many trials and tribulations ahead for Victoria.
The stellar cast also includes Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle) as Lord Melbourne, her first prime minister. Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van) is Leopold I, King of Belgium and uncle to both Victoria and Albert. Paul Rhys (Being Human) is Sir John Conroy, the ambitious controller of the household of Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent and Peter Firth (MI-5) as Victoria’s conniving uncle, the Duke of Cumberland.
Two familiar faces from Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures also take on supporting roles. Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) plays Mrs Jenkins, Victoria’s senior dresser and Tommy Knight (Luke Smith – Sarah Jane) is Brodie.
Victoria is made by Mammoth Screen, producers of Poldark (BBC One) and Endeavour (ITV). Daisy Goodwin serves as executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Endeavour, Indian Summers) and Mammoth Screen’s Managing Director Damien Timmer (Parade’s End, Poldark).