The Plot

Victoria will follow the early life of Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Daisy Goodwin, author of The Fortune Hunter and My Last Duchess, says the series “will explore what it was like for an emotionally deprived teenager of diminutive stature to wake up one morning and find that she is the most powerful woman in the world.”

Production

ITV are behind Victoria. ITV have been trying to fill the void left by the conclusion of the much-loved period soap Downton Abbey, but their period shows Jericho and Jekyll and Hyde bombed  and both have been cancelled already. Victoria is shaping up to be a quality show. The series is author Daisy Goodwin’s screen writing debut. She will also serve as an executive producer producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Indian Summers) and Damien Timmer (Poldark). Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster, He Knew He Was Right, Starter for Ten) will direct the first three episodes and Paul Frift (Doctor Who, That Day We Sang, Room at the Top) will produce. Victoria was filmed around the North of England.

Queen Victoria by Aaron Edwin Penley

Queen Victoria by Aaron Edwin Penley, and Jenna Coleman as Victoria

The Book

Harper Collins Non-Fiction publisher Natalie Jerome has won the book tie-in deal for Victoria. The Bookseller reports that the “rights” (the right to have Jenna Coleman on the cover) have been acquired from Shirley Patton at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, on behalf of Mammoth Screen. No author has been announced yet, but the publication is set for November.

Release Date

No announcements have been made as yet, although the book being released in November gives us a hint. The series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by 7 one-hour episodes.

The Cast

Rufus Sewell (The Pillars of the Earth, The Man in the High Castle) plays Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister, whose intimate friendship with the queen became a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilise the Government .

Catherine Flemming (Simones Labyrinth, No Place to Go) plays the Duchess of Kent, Victoria’s mother.

Paul Rhys (The Assets, Borgia, Being Human) plays Sir John Conroy, the ambitious controller of the Duchess of Kent’s household, who was hoping to rule through Victoria she came to the throne.

Alice Orr-Ewing (The Theory of Everything, Pramface) plays Lady Flora Hastings, lady-in-waiting to the Duchess of Kent.

Peter Firth (Spooks, Undeniable, World Without End) plays the Duke of Cumberland, the Queen’s conniving uncle.

Tom Hughes (Silk, The Game) as Prince Albert.

Daniela Holtz (My Life in Orange, The Forest for the Trees) plays Baroness Lehzen ,Victoria’s governess and confidante.

Eve Myles (You, Me & Them, Broadchurch, Torchwood) plays Mrs Jenkins, the Queen’s senior dresser.

Tommy Knight (Doctor Who, You, Me and the Apocalypse) plays Brodie, the hall boy.

Adrian Schiller (Suffragette, Residue, Endeavour) plays Penge, the Household Steward.

Nell Hudson (Outlander, Call the Midwife, Les Bohemes) plays the mysterious new member of the household, Miss Skerrett.

Nigel Lindsay (You, Me and the Apocalypse, The Tunnel, The Fear) plays Sir Robert Peel, the leader of the Tory party.

Nichola McAuliffe (Doctor Who, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death) plays the Duchess of Cumberland.

The Trailer

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

10 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    This sounds just like the film The Young Victoria – so what is the point of making a TV series of the same thing?

    The picture of Jenna is the crown looks odd – I wonder why the Cap of Maintenance is pale blue and not purple.

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    • Olga Hughes

      Because it’s TV and they recycle the same ideas every five years.

      Does that crown have any diamonds she stole from India in it?

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      • Jasmine

        As far as I know, Queen Victoria did not steal diamonds from India. She was sent some as gifts from a local ruler and recently India acknowledged that the particular diamond in question WAS a gift, and hence they would stop trying to get it back.

      • Olga Hughes

        That is incorrect. The Kohinoor diamond was surrendered, not gifted, the East India Company and the Indian government said just yesterday that they are still pursuing the return. Considering the English government places export bars on antiques legally purchased at auction to allow English museums etc the chance to bid for them if they are considered culturally significant, it is spectacularly hypocritical of them to refuse to return the Kohinoor, or the Parthenon marbles, or the remains of Indigenous Australians.

        http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2016/04/20/india-wants-kohinoor-back-after-pm-narendra-modi-steps

  2. Jasmine

    Not according to a case in the Indian High Court. (extract as reported in The Guardian).

    ‘It’s time for India to relinquish its claim to a huge diamond that has formed part of Britain’s crown jewels for more than 100 years, according to India’s government, which has said it was gifted rather than stolen.

    After decades of seeking the return of the the 106-carat Koh-i-noor, which forms part of the crown that was worn by the Queen Mother, an attempt to put the row to rest was made by Narendra Modi’s government in the Indian supreme court on Monday

    “It was neither stolen nor forcibly taken away,” India’s solicitor general, Ranjit Kumar, told the supreme court during the hearing of a case calling for the stone’s return.’

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  3. Olga Hughes

    Yes that’s the point, the government disputed those comments yesterday, the day after Kumar made them.

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    • Jasmine

      It is even more complicated as Pakistan has also laid claim to it now. Of course it begs the question what to do with the contents of most museums in the world which acquired stuff through a variety of channels – very few bought the artifacts in what might be regarded in modern times as a legitimate channel.

      Then there is the question of disappearing or new ‘merged’ countries, or partitioned countries – who gets the artefact?

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      • Olga Hughes

        The article I linked to it shows various artefacts being returned, one that was stolen as recently as the 1990s, it is becoming much more common now. Yes in some cases where geography will be an issue, but that can be worked out amongst the original owners. Sometimes the artefacts are loaned back to museums regularly which is a great practise. There is no good reason to hang onto artefacts out of a sense of entitlement, when it causes other cultures a great deal of distress.

    • Olga Hughes

      Perhaps we should also rescind Holocaust laws, as the persecution of Jewish people was not illegal in Germany in WWII, by that reasoning.

      “Kerr was the first southern collector to acquire Aboriginal artworks. He probably had a better understanding and respect for the ceremonial pieces and the people who made them than the activists today claiming them as their own.”

      Racist much?

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