Victoria (2016– )
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Upon the death of King William IV, his 18-year-old niece, Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent, inherits the throne as Queen, and finds herself tested by new responsibilities and conflicted loyalties.

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Tom Vaughan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Knight ... Brodie
Adrian Schiller ... Penge
Daniela Holtz ... Baroness Lehzen
Paul Rhys ... Sir John Conroy
Jenna Coleman ... Victoria
Catherine Flemming ... Duchess of Kent
Peter Ivatts ... Archbishop of Canterbury (as Pete Ivatts)
Rufus Sewell ... Lord Melbourne
Michael Parkhouse Michael Parkhouse ... Lord Melbourne's Butler
Alice Orr-Ewing ... Lady Flora Hastings
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Lady Emma Portman
Robin McCallum Robin McCallum ... Lord Portman
Eve Myles ... Mrs. Jenkins
Peter Firth ... Duke of Cumberland
Nichola McAuliffe Nichola McAuliffe ... Duchess of Cumberland
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On the death of William IV his teen-aged niece Alexandrina Victoria is the monarch of Britain. Dominated by her ambitious German mother the Duchess of Kent and her bullying advisor Conroy the girl determines to break free of their influence, declining their chosen regnal names to style herself Queen Victoria and moving into Buckingham Palace. Given her youth she has many detractors, including jealous uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, keen for her to fail, but, guided by widowed prime minister Lord Melbourne, she does well at her first privy council meeting and at her coronation though there are some who - perhaps with some credence - deem her besotted by Melbourne. It is Melbourne however who gives her reassurance and strength after an attempt to get at Conroy through his ailing mistress, Lady Flora Hastings, almost backfires on her. Below stairs gruff dresser Mrs Jenkins is unhappy to be given an assistant Miss Skerrett but when the royal housekeeper Baroness Lehzen uncovers a plot by ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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This Series contains three actors who had major roles in Doctor Who (2005) and its spin offs: Jenna Coleman (Victoria) played Clara Oswald in Doctor Who, Eve Myles (Mrs Jenkins) played Gwen Cooper in Torchwood (2006) and Tommy Knight (Brodie) played Luke in The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007). See more »

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The incident involving Lady Flora actually occurred the year after Victoria's coronation, not during the same month as depicted. See more »

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[Queen Victoria is being introduced to prospective ladies-in-waiting]
Lord Melbourne: Do consider Lady Portman. Her husband is Under-Secretary for the Colonies and something of a booby, but she knows *everyone*.
[Lady Portman approaches the throne and curtseys to Victoria]
Lord Melbourne: Lady Portman knew your father, Ma'am.
Lady Emma Portman: Such a handsome man, Your Majesty, and a very good dancer.
Victoria: That must explain why I love dancing so much. Of course there can be no dancing until the Coronation.
Lady Emma Portman: [hesitantly] Is there to be a Coronation Ball, ...
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Victoria: Doll 123
11 September 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

With Downton Abbey ending ITV needs another heritage drama and Victoria fits the bill. A look at the young Queen Victoria as she ascends the throne and a look below stairs with the shady staff on the take.

What is more as with Broadchurch ITV realised that their is no harm populating the cast with ex-Doctor Who universe actors.

The final credits inform you that the series is based or inspired on A N Wilson's factual book on Victoria. A N Wilson has made several documentaries on Victoria but this series rather pushes the truth somewhat.

The first episode shows the young Queen as feisty and Jenna Coleman certainly looks the part and it sets up its heroes and villains rather quickly. Victoria's mother's aide, Sir John Conroy played by what looks like a heavily Botoxed Paul Rhys is the pantomime villain who wishes to control the young Queen. However to her aid comes the dashing Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell) and the Queen quickly becomes dependent on him. In reality Lord Melbourne was many decades older than Victoria.

The first episode was chocolate box pretty and some judicious use of CGI. I did not find the tale of the servants that interesting but I do fear this is all going to be get a little too soap opera-like for my liking. After all it is no secret that Victoria reigned for over 60 years and saw off all comers.


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UK

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English

Release Date:

17 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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