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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.