Victoria starts tomorrow, and here is everything you need to about ITV’s new period drama!
Following the success of Downton Abbey, ITV will once again filled our Sunday night’s with another loveable period drama.
ITV’s new period drama will tell the story of young Queen Victoria during the early years of her reign, including her marriage to Prince Albert, aiming to show us a different side to the widely held image of one of history’s most interesting and influential monarchs.
If you are not immediately excited about this show, the cast will be sure to impress.
Young Queen Victoria is represented by Doctor Who’s Jenna Louise Coleman, her husband Prince Albert is played by the experienced Tom Hughes. Other cast members include Rufus Sewell who takes on the role of Victoria’s first Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, and Torchwood and Broadchurch actress Eve Myles who plays senior dresser of the Queen, Mrs Jenkins.
The series will be on at the same time as BBC One’s Poldark, which proved very popular last popular, suggesting ITV is very confident will the excellence of their new period drama.
The first episode of the series will see eighteen-year-old Victoria when she becomes Queen, her mother the Duchess of Kent, led by her advisor, Conroy, circle around the young monarch, itching to seize power. Hating Conroy and exasperated by her mother’s dependence on him, Victoria shuns them both.
Below stairs, the servants adjust to their new boss, Victoria’s trusted governess Lehzen. Jenkins, the Queen’s dresser, is incensed to learn that Lehzen has appointed her an assistant without consulting her, the mysterious Skerrett.
Victoria copes with the unknown with the help of her Prime Minister Lord Melbourne. They are enchanted by each other: Victoria by the older man’s erudite wisdom, and he by the young Queen’s irresistible guilelessness. Gossip erupts over the closeness of their relationship and Melbourne, fearing scandal, retreats, leaving Victoria prey to Conroy, who seizes the chance to take control and undermine the Queen.
Victoria rushes into an ill-considered accusation and the glory of her coronation is abruptly curtailed when she learns she has covered the crown in scandal.
Victoria airs on Sunday night on ITV at 9pm.