ITV’s latest period drama Victoria rounded off the solid eight-episode first series with the news that the show is coming back for a second round, and a Christmas special was in the works. Created by novelist Daisy Goodwin, the series stars ex-Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman, her first leading role, in a coming-of-age story chronicling the reign of 18-year-old of Queen Victoria. The story follows the strong-willed young Queen as she learns about the ways of government from her first Prime Minister Lord Melboune (Rufus Sewell) and eventually falls in love and marries her cousin Albert (Tom Hughes).
With its lavish settings and costumes, Victoria is an instantly engaging drama with career-defining performances from Coleman and Hughes. Coleman boasts a punchy and effective persona of the young Queen who would go on to rule the country for 63 years. Despite her sharp wit, Coleman portrays Victoria as a little naive and playful, and successfully peels off her layers, revealing a private life that was only documented in the Queen’s real-life journals. Hughes adopts a smouldering glare, ‘tache and German accent to convincingly win over our Queen’s heart. His performance as Albert is effective, and he plays both the man who struggled in Victoria’s shadow and the one who stood up for what he believed in. His romance and courtship of Victoria is the sweetest, and boasted some of the most romantic scenes in the series. The show successfully accomplishes an accurate portrayal of the early life of Queen Victoria as a woman who stood by her morals as a modern feminist of her time. Here are the best lines in the show.
Victoria will return for a second series in 2017.
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