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Watch: “Victoria” Season 2 First Look Sees the Monarch Embracing Motherhood

“Victoria”

In the inaugural season of “Victoria,” audiences saw the titular young queen (Jenna Coleman) as she settled into her life as a monarch. Victoria was coronated, broke away from her mother (Catherine Flemming), distanced herself from Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), cultivated her own methods as a ruler, and married Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). A new clip for the show’s second season suggests that it will focus on how Victoria integrates motherhood into her royal responsibilities.

The first look of the ITV and PBS series’ sophomore season depicts the baptism of Victoria and Albert’s first child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, who was born in the first season finale. According to Variety, the clip was released May 22 in honor of Victoria Day, the anniversary of the queen’s birth.

Series creator Daisy Goodwin will again serve as writer and Ep on the upcoming season, which includes eight episodes and a two-hour Christmas special. The new season will pick up a few weeks after Princess Victoria’s birth. Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”), Martin Compston (“Line of Duty”), and Bruno Wolkowitch (“Spin”) are joining the cast. “Rigg will play the queen’s Mistress of the Robes, Compston will guest star as social activist Dr. Robert Traill, and Wolkowitch will portray French King Louis Philippe,” Variety writes.

Mammoth Screen’s Kate McKerrell and Damien Timmer exec produce the historical drama, as does Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton. Paul Frift produces.

Season 1 of “Victoria” was ITV’s highest-rated drama of 2016.

Season 2 of “Victoria” is currently in production. It will air on ITV in the UK this fall and on PBS in the U.S. in early 2018.

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Night shifts, no wine and irritable vowels: France's Grégory Fitoussi on the perils of acting abroad

He went from T-shirt seller to teenage pinup and now he’s a global star. As the political drama Spin returns, the actor talks about terror attacks, surviving without wine – and the words he can’t pronounce

Given that Grégory Fitoussi has now played major roles in two British shows, Mr Selfridge and Beowulf, has English dialogue become natural for the 40-year-old Parisian? “I wouldn’t say that,” he says with an apologetic grimace. “You’re going to figure out in this interview how difficult it is for me. Even though I’ve done it for years now, I have to work hard to be understood.”

What are the toughest English sounds? “Oh, there are so many, Sir! I remember one that I really had trouble to say on Mr Selfridge. It was mouth.” Mouth? “No, like a flame to a mouth?” Ah, moth? “Yes. Everyone was trying to help
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ITV Takes Majority Stake In French TV Prod Co. Tetra Media Studio

Continuing its buying spree, ITV has acquired a majority stake in French television production group Tetra Media Studio. Tetra is the French indie behind dramas such as crime series Profilage, which is now in its seventh season, and political thriller Les Hommes de l'Ombre. Overseen by CEO Jean-François Boyer, the company last year produced 161 hours of content across its seven production labels. It primarily produces French drama and its scripted labels include Tetra…
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The unmissable TV shows of summer 2016

Damian Lewis plays a rogue financier, Winona Ryder hunts down her son, the Dutch go swinging in the suburbs – and Baz Luhrmann charts a ghetto explosion

Summer culture: Film | Dance | Theatre | Art | Comedy | Music | Classical

Gérard Depardieu is a French mayor who, after a quarter of a century in office, finds a former protege running for his job. Promisingly, this eight-part political thriller is created by Dan Franck, who made French national politics gripping in the series Spin, a stand-out find of Channel 4’s Walter Presents strand of foreign-language drama. The fact that Franck has been signed by Netflix, and has in turn been able to contract Depardieu, is another sign of the increasing challenge that streamed drama is presenting to terrestrial channels.

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