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Victoria Season 2 is set for a January 14, 2018 premiere on Masterpiece on PBS.

A strong ratings performer, Victoria drew more than 16.2 million viewers in its premiere season, making it the highest-rated drama on PBS in 20 years, second only to Downton Abbey.

Jenna Coleman stars as the young queen, wife, and mother. Season 2 finds Victoria adapting to motherhood after the birth of her first child, a daughter. Meanwhile, the disaster of the Anglo-Afghan War unfolds abroad, and the catastrophic Irish potato famine begins to wreak havoc. A royal state visit to France also is in the offing.

Tom Hughes (Dancing on the Edge) also stars as Prince Albert, along with Nell Hudson (Outlander) as Nancy Skerrett, newly promoted to the queen’s chief dresser, whose secrets are yet to be revealed, and Ferdinand Kingsley (Borgia) as Charles Francatelli, the royal chef whose love for Nancy was spurned at the end of Season 1.

Also back are Adrian Schiller (Beauty and the Beast) as Penge; Daniela Holtz (The Forest for the Trees) as Baroness Lehzen; and David Oakes (The White Queen) as Prince Ernest, Albert’s debauched older brother, who becomes Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on the death of their equally promiscuous father, played by Andrew Bicknell (The Royals).

Victoria Season 2 is a co-production of Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece. It is created, written and executive produced by Daisy Goodwin. Mammoth Screen Managing Director Damien Timmer, Kate McKerrell (Lost In Austen) executive produce and Paul Frift (Room At The Top) produces for Mammoth Screen.

Victoria’s season three finale just aired on Masterpiece PBS in the States, but the show won’t return to ITV in the U.K. until later this month. Kevin Lygo, the head of the network, recently revealed that it will return to British television “in the spring or summer” of this year, and now, Digital Spy reports that the season will premiere on Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m.

Destiny means that #Victoria will return to UK screens this month on @ITV! 👑 pic.twitter.com/Yrb27zNkUg

— Official Victoria (@VictoriaSeries) March 9, 2019

Read on for a (mostly) spoiler-free look at the latest installment of the royal drama about Queen Victoria’s reign.

Here’s your first look at the upcoming season:

Masterpiece PBS shared this interview with showrunner Daisy Goodwin, which previews what’s to come for the young British monarch in the days leading up to the season three premiere:

A previous sneak peek was posted on Instagram back in October:

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The Queen faces a crisis that threatens to end her reign… Here’s a first look at #VictoriaPBS, Season 3, premiering January 13, 2019 on MASTERPIECE @PBS.

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And just a few weeks later, the first teaser for the season, which promised new babies and unrest in the kingdom, premiered. Watch that clip here:

Unlike on The Crown, Victoria’s major players will not be re-cast for Season 3.

Actress Jenna Coleman will reprise her role as the young Queen, and Tom Hughes will continue to play Prince Albert. “Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes shine as Victoria and Albert, and it’s an honor to have them back for a third series, which covers a tumultuous period in our country’s history, filled to the brim with royal scandals, political skirmishes and constitutional crises, as new historical figures enter the saga to challenge Victoria and Albert as never before,” said Damien Timmer, managing director of the show’s production company, Mammoth Screen.

The show wrapped filming last year.

Jenna Coleman, and some of the other members of the cast, documented their time on set on Instagram. See a few snapshots below:

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Wrapped V3 🎬🎬🎬

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Permanently Pregnant #perpetuallypregnant #pregnant @victoriaseries

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Just some Victorian people I quite like #bts

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Hard at work or hardly working @doakesdoakes? #Victoria

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Guess who back. Blue eyes back #crackingwallpaper @victoriaseries #6babies

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This season will start in 1848.

The year saw political and social upheaval across Europe, and was, says creator Daisy Goodwin, “a hugely dramatic and eventful time for both the royal family and Europe, with revolutions on the continent and uncertainty around the monarchy.”

And the Queen’s sex life will reportedly play a key role in the plot.

Despite the prudish reputation of the Victorian era, Queen Victoria very much enjoyed sex, even describing the early romance of her marriage as “heavenly bliss.” But despite her enjoyment of the physical relationship she had with her husband, Victoria wasn’t quite so keen on pregnancy, a conflict the third season will reportedly explore.

“She has six children in eight years–which is a lot – and there are some gaps, so I wonder whether there may have been some withholding on both sides; that’s certainly something I’m going to explore in series three,” Goodwin said, speaking about season three, per Radio Times.

“She’s in this terrible double bind. She loves Albert and she loves going to bed with Albert. But every time he goes near her she gets pregnant. Obviously that suits him more than it suits her,” she continued.

In total, Victoria had nine children over 17 years. Nicknamed the “grandmother of Europe,” her descendants still reign over numerous countries including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.

We won’t lose Albert, yet.

Prince Albert died in 1861, but Goodwin says we won’t get there in this season.

“I think we can safely say we’re not going to lose Albert in this series.” Goodwin said at the TCA summer press tour, according to Deadline. “It’s a really interesting time because Victoria just wants the love of her people. She’s almost like a child star who’s grown up with this affection and love, and when it’s withdrawn she’s empty and she doesn’t know what she’s for. But Albert thinks to be monarch is not necessarily to give people what they want, but what they need.”

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A photo of Victoria, Albert and their daughter from “Victoria” Season 2. (Photo: Courtesy of GARETH GATTRELL/ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE)

It’s official: The highly-anticipated second season of popular period drama Victoria will premiere in January 2018 on Masterpiece.

Victoria’s first season was quite a success here in the U.S., clocking in at over 16.2 million viewers. That’s the second highest-rated PBS drama in 20 years – second, of course, only to the mega-popular Downton Abbey. So it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that Victoria is getting the exact same scheduling treatment Downton did.

The second season of the period drama will air in the UK sometime this Fall, and will come to America in January of 2018. No firm date has yet been set, and we probably all already guessed this as a likely airing window already. But at least we have some official confirmation. Progress!

A new image from the upcoming season was also released, featuring co-stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes as the young royal couple. It’s basically just a shot of Victoria and Albert applauding something in what looks like a drawing room, so it’s not exactly giving away a whole lot of plot. But, as usual, Victoria’s dress looks fabulous.

Mark your calendars for January 2018: Queen Victoria & Prince Albert will return for Season 2 of #VictoriaPBS on MASTERPIECE on @PBS! pic.twitter.com/XwDEGRSpBW

— Masterpiece PBS (@masterpiecepbs) July 30, 2017

Season 2 will pick up six weeks after the conclusion of Season 1, and cover some portion of the queen’s reign in the 1840s. It will focus heavily on Victoria’s efforts to balance her duties as a monarch with her new role as a mother. The queen had two babies by the time she was 21, and gave birth to four children in five years. For a woman who disliked being pregnant as much as Victoria did, this must have been a difficult time to navigate, particularly when she was determined that motherhood wouldn’t interfere with her royal obligations.

You can watch a brief clip from the new season here.

Creator Daisy Goodwin seems very keen to make more seasons focused on the young queen’s life. “There’s no shortage of story, that’s for sure,” she said during the series’ Television Critics Association panel. “So, it could go on and on.”

This is true. Victoria reigned for 63 years and had nine children with Albert, so clearly there’s plenty of life ahead of both the queen and the royal couple. (Albert lives until 1861.)

Daisy Goodwin and Rebecca Eaton, along with Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes via satellite at the 2017 TCA Press Tour (Photo: Rahoul Ghose/PBS)

“My feeling is, take it slowly,” she said during her panel interview. “There are quite a lot of movies about Victoria in her later life coming out.” Goodwin stressed that she finds the queen’s younger years very interesting, so it would seem we should expect the series to focus on them for the foreseeable future. (Season 1 only covered about five years of Victoria’s life, remember.)

Are you looking forward to more Victoria? How far would you like to see the series go? Let us know!

There will be some new faces joining the cast of Victoria for the third series three. Here’s is a look at the new cast members and characters:

Lord Palmerston – Laurence Fox

Laurence Fox will star as Lord Palmerston, the government’s Foreign Secretary.

Fox is an actor and singer-songwriter, best known for playing DS James Hathaway in Lewis from 2006 to 2015.

Princess Feodora – Kate Fleetwood

Tony and Olivier nominee Kate Fleetwood stars as Victoria’s mysterious sister Feodora who makes an unexpected return.

The character is based on the real Princess Feodora of Leiningen, Queen Victoria’s eldest half-sister who had married a German prince and had left Kensington Palace behind.

In Victoria series three, Feodora is resentful and causes tension within the royal household.

Speaking to Deadline, showrunner Daisy Goodwin said: “There she is, living in a crumbly, draughty castle in the middle of Germany and she’s having a miserable time.

“And there’s Victoria being Queen of England. It doesn’t go down so well.”

Fleetwood is best known for her stage work, for which she has received Tony and Olivier nominations.

Her previous TV credits include A Touch of Cloth and Philomela.

Prime Minister John Russell – John Sessions

John Sessions will star as the UK Prime Minister, John Russell in Victoria season three.

John Russell was in power from 1846 until 1852 and is the rival of Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston.

Sessions is an actor and comedian and has starred in numerous films and television series throughout his career.

He is best recognised for appearing on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and a panellist on QI.

WHERE IS VICTORIA FILMED? WHERE IS IT SET?

Your weekly dose of royalty returns as Victoria Season 2 premieres on PBS Masterpiece, this Sunday (January 14). Get ready for a new season of Victoria (Jenna Coleman), Albert (Tom Hughes), and Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell). Yes, Lord M. is back!

He’s not the only Season 1 face that will be returning in Season 2. This is an in-depth preview that covers everything you need to know about the popular series’ second season, including the cast and when Episode 1 airs. If you have questions, this feature hopes to provide the answers, so without further ado, let’s explore the second season of Victoria.

Who Stars In Season 2?

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jenna Coleman returns as Queen Victoria, while Tom Hughes reprises his role as Victoria’s loving husband, Prince Albert.

Popular Season 1 star Rufus Sewell makes his return to Victoria as Lord Melbourne in Episode 1. He has not been seen, since Season 1, Episode 4. In an interview with Radio Times, Sewell previewed the newfound dynamic between Lord M. and Victoria.

Albert’s trouble-making brother Ernest (David Oakes) is also back for Season 2, returning in Episode 1. Albert had to send Ernest away in Season 1, due to the latter’s romantic pursuit of one of Victoria’s ladies, a married mother.

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Who Is New To The Cast?

Making their much-anticipated debut on Victoria is Diana Rigg, who stars as the Duchess of Buccleuch, and you can expect some sharp one-liners and sizzling repartee from her. Based on the trailer for Season 1, Rigg’s Victoria character seems to share those attributes in common with her Game of Thrones‘ role.

How Did Season 1 Leave Off?

After great tension, Victoria and Albert welcomed their first-born child, Princess Victoria. Baby Vicky’s christening will take place in Season 2, Episode 1. Victoria and Albert’s marriage was going well, as was her reign as Queen at the end of Season 1.

As for the staff at the palace, Miss Skerrett (Nell Hudson) turned down a promising opportunity from Francatelli (Ferdinand Kingsley), because of her sister’s dire warning about such prospects.

When And Where Is Season 2 Airing?

The second season of Victoria will air Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on PBS. Episode 1 premieres, January 14.

How Long Will Each Episode Be?

The season premiere and the second episode of Season 2 will both clock-in at nearly two-hours, as two episodes from ITV’s original U.K. broadcast have been combined so they air as a single episode on PBS.

How Many Episodes Are There In Season 2?

The PBS broadcast of Victoria‘s second season will contain 7 episodes. While the first two episodes will air for two-hours each, the rest will be one-hour in length.

Featured image credit: ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE

The Season 2 finale will be the Christmas special that aired this past Christmas on ITV. Season 2 concludes on PBS, February 25.

Where Can I Binge Watch The Previous Season?

You can catch up or relive every episode of Victoria Season 1 via Amazon Prime.

What Is The First Episode Of Season 2 About?

Entitled “A Soldier’s Daughter/ The Green-Eyed Monster,” reveals that Episode 1 involves the following synopsis.

“New mother Victoria is impatient to return to ruling, while Albert attempts to protect her from the news regarding British soldiers in Afghanistan. Victoria is pregnant again and her equilibrium is threatened by Albert’s friendship with Ada Lovelace.”

What’s In Store For Victoria And Albert?

Given the synopsis for Episode 1, it seems that Victoria experiences some jealousy over Albert’s platonic relationship with mathematician Ada Lovelace. Lovelace was the only legitimate child of the famous poet, Lord Byron. If that name sounds familiar based on Victoria Season 1, Byron is the man Lord M.’s wife left him for.

Lovelace will be portrayed by actress Emerald Fennell and Radio Times has the answer as to whether Victoria likely experienced any such envy towards Lovelace in real-life.

One More Time, When Does The New Season Of Victoria Start?

Victoria Season 2 premieres January 14 at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.

When Does ‘Victoria’ Season 2 Premiere? The Queen’s Subjects Are In For A Long Wait

In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-serving monarch in the history of Great Britain in 2015, according to the BBC. The second sovereign on that list is Queen Victoria, currently being played by Jenna Coleman in the series airing on PBS as a part of its Masterpiece programming. The Victoria season finale airs Sunday, Mar. 5. And though it’s dramatized her ascendancy to the throne, her first moves to assert her independence over people attempting to control her, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, the show has barely scratched the surface of the queen’s 63-year reign. When will Victoria return for Season 2?

The series had already had a successful debut across the pond when it finally aired in the United States. And indeed, it had already secured a second season before American audiences had settled in to watch the first episode. The Guardian reported in September 2016 that its home network ITV had renewed Victoria for Season 2 and that creator Daisy Goodwin and stars Coleman and Tom Hughes (Albert) would be back as well.

Goodwin took to the The Radio Times Twitter after the announcement to give fans a peek into her plans for the upcoming season. The action will take place entirely within the 1840s, which was an era of poverty and hardship for her kingdom and an era of great fertility for the queen. History buffs will know that Albert dies relatively young, but this time period ensures that he’ll at least make it through this season. (Another one of the burning questions Goodwin answered had to do with Victoria’s four-legged companions. “I do know that there will be dogs,” she promised.)

Earlier this month, actor David Oakes (Prince Ernest) shared a photo on Twitter of the cast reuniting for the first table read of Victoria Season 2. And on-set photos from the official Victoria Twitter followed. On Feb. 20, Coleman posted a sweet picture of her reunion with Victoria’s mount, so production is officially in full swing.

But when will Victoria Season 2 hit the airwaves? No start date has been announced yet for either the U.S. or the U.K., though American audiences may be in for a longer wait. If ITV and PBS keep the distribution model they used for the first season, then the new season will premiere months earlier in the production’s home country. Though, there is still some hope that the schedules will be aligned as they were with the last season of Sherlock. Those episodes aired on the same day in both markets.

Though the length of its hiatus is still undefined, there’s more proper good news for Victoria fans. In addition to a second season, ITV has ordered a 90-minute 2017 Christmas special that will likely follow those new episodes, per The Radio Times. There’s plenty of new Victoria to come. And Goodwin pledged on Twitter that she’ll write the series as long as there’s a demand for it. “I am afraid that her Majesty could outlast us all!” she said.

Contains spoilers for Victoria season two.

If, like us, you found the debut series of ITV’s Victoria perfectly filled the Downton Abbey-shaped hole in your life, you’ll be happy to know that the second season is back – and better than ever.

The period drama, in which Jenna Coleman stars as a young Queen Victoria, navigating the trials and tribulations of marriage and motherhood whilst also ruling a country, returned to ITV in late August – and viewers (including us) have been impressed.

For those of you who haven’t watched it yet, here’s everything you need to know about Victoria season two so far…

(Image: ITV)

The plot

The series focuses on Queen Victoria facing the new challenge of motherhood, giving birth to two little ones and becoming pregnant with one more before the end of the series.

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With more time under her belt – or sash, rather – as Queen, Victoria is now learning to balance her responsibilities as both a monarch and a new parent.

MORE: ON SET IMAGES REVEAL FILMING HAS BEGUN ON VICTORIA SEASON 2

The show’s writer and creator, Daisy Goodwin, told Metro.co.uk: ‘She’s suffering from post natal depression and she doesn’t find motherhood easy. She loves her children but she finds the adjustment to motherhood a very difficult one. That’s one of the things we explore.

‘Plus she’s having the usual problems people have in the early years of marriage – having to adjust to allowing somebody else room in their life, that’s always very tricky.’

The series also closely follows Victoria’s friendship with Lord Melbourne, her former PM and close confidante. After an ambiguous goodbye scene part way through the series, we’re not too sure yet if we’ll be seeing more of Lord M in the future.

The series also charts the relationship of Victoria and Albert, as they become ever closer and more confident in their roles as royals.

It’s not all smooth sailing though, as Victoria experiences jealousy over Albert’s new friendships and the prince struggles to come to terms with shock news from his home in Coburg.

The cast

There are plenty of familiar faces from series one back for this latest instalment, with Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes reprising their roles as Victoria and Albert.

Also back for series two are Nigel Lindsay as impassioned politician Sir Robert Peel, Alex Jennings as the conniving King Leopold and Daniela Holtz as the kindly Baroness Lehzen.

Excitingly, Lord Melbourne (played by Rufus Sewell) is back, offering Victoria counsel when she needs it most.

Our dearest Lord M, you are cordially invited to return to the Palace… #Victoria pic.twitter.com/QGcMvBKcwm

— Official Victoria (@VictoriaSeries) August 24, 2017
Fans have been thrilled by Lord Melbourne’s return to the show, but were left reeling after his health deteriorated rapily in episode three.

As well as a stellar returning cast, Dame Diana Rigg joins the production as the Duchess of Bucchleuch, the young Queen’s new Mistress of the Robes, who is renowned for speaking her mind.

(Dame Diana Rigg. Image: Getty)

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Martin Compston will guest star, playing Dr. Robert Traill, a key campaigner in the petition to gain awareness and support for those suffering from the potato famine in Ireland during the 1840s.

Martin Compston in Line of Duty. (Image: BBC)

New Tricks star Denis Lawson will also join the cast at the Duke of Atholl, who welcomes Victoria and Albert to the Scottish Highlands.

(Image: Martin Mainz/ ITV)

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And of course who can forget, Almonzo, Victoria’s beloved horse? He’s back for another season, too.

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Reunited #almonzo #VictoriaSeason2 @mammothscreen @theactionhorses

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One pet that sadly doesn’t star in the whole series is the Queen’s beloved dog, Dash, whose death in episode three deeply upsets Her Majesty.

Fortunately, she’s comforted by the arrival of a new pet pooch, called Isla, in episode four.

Jenna Coleman also revealed that her granddad will also appear in the series.

He’ll be playing an extra (man in crowd) but the actress posted a sweet snap on Instagram of the two of them in costume, saying ‘When your Grandad comes to work.’

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When your Grandad comes to work day. #manincrowd 🙌🏻👋🏻👋🏻 @victoriaseries

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Handily, the cast got together to create a video, explaining just what viewers can expect from season two.

Dear loyal Britons, we have a royal announcement to make…#Victoria. @ITV . Soon. pic.twitter.com/l3tqRrXMmE

— Official Victoria (@VictoriaSeries) August 16, 2017
Locations

As well as much drama in Buckingham Palace (of course), the series will include trips to France and Germany, touch on tragedy in Ireland and war in Afghanistan, and see Victoria and Albert discovering sanctuary in the Isle of Wight.

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Trailer

First, ITV released a teaser clip, showing the baptism of Victoria and Albert’s first-born daughter, Victoria.

Then we were treated to a full trailer, depicting Victoria’s struggle with her new-found motherhood.

When will series 2 hit screens?

The eight-part series began airing on ITV on Sunday 27th August at 9.05pm and a two hour Christmas special will be on screens later in the year. We are most pleased!

(Top image courtesy of ITV)

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What Happens In Scotland Stays in Scotland – Recap of Season 2 of Victoria

Alright, Lords and Ladies of Greater Bostonia – get ready for the ride of your lives, cause I just rewatched all of Masterpiece’s Victoria in three days, and I am ready to spill. that. tea.

(Read the season 1 recap here.)

Season Two

Unlike our other perennial favorite, Poldark, Episode One of Victoria barely skips a beat, dropping us in on a couple-days-post-natal Victoria, who barely lasts through a minute of people fussing over her before she rebels, hopping out of her postpartum wheelchair and marching off to her office ahead of her court… and right into a war meeting. Peel and Albert meet on the state of the war England is currently (cough, cough) losing (cough) in Kabul, Afghanistan. While Albert and darling Mamá would like to keep her calm, good old Victoria wastes no time in letting them know who is boss.

Unfortunately, Albie hasn’t received the memo, and continues to push back at her return to other Queenly duties — from going through the bills and proposals before they reach her, to sketching out uniform changes for her army. And, of course, all of Albie’s work necessitates a closeness with his ride-or-die, now-Prime-Minister Peel.

And as if her husband and his hetero-life mate weren’t getting her down enough, behind the scenes Victoria is dealing with a mild bout of postpartum depression. She can’t seem to bond with her daughter, Vickie. Add to that the departure of her confidant, Harriet, and two new ladies-in-waiting (the aged, opinionated, and eccentric Duchess of Buccleuch and her clumsy niece), and you’ve got the recipe for one moody queen.

But when it rains, it pours – and Uncle Leopold, Ernest and Albie’s father, the Duke of Coburg, decide that the christening is the ideal time to descend visit. Before he even enters the palace, Albert’s father is calling for a male grandchild and Leo is telling Victoria not to worry — he’ll be helping Albert rule while she’s in the nursery. Oh, and while you have a minute, maybe consider betrothing Baby Vickie to the Baby German Prince? Just a thought…

Downstairs, Skerrett has been promoted to Head Dresser, and a young Irish girl is hired as her second in command. A new chef has taken over Francatelli’s role, but it soon becomes clear that his skill is nowhere near his predecessors. When Skerrett is sent to inquire Francatelli’s interest in returning to the role, he not only rebuffs her, he actually flees his own kitchen, reducing Skerrett to tears. Unfortunately for Francatelli, Victoria’s word is law, and it’s not long before he finds himself back in the palace kitchen.

With Victoria officially back in the saddle, Albie occupies himself with the Royal Astronomical Society, where he makes acquaintances with early mathematicians Charles Babbage… and certified historical hot fire, Ada Lovelace. He’s instantly taken with their invention – a primitive calculator – but his excitement is lost on Victoria, who sees nothing but a competitor for Albert’s attention.

In an effort to gain control over the situation, Victoria throws an arts and sciences ball, and just happens to have extended an invite to good old Lord Melbourne. Unfortunately for our Queen, things don’t go quite the way she expects. Not only can she not keep up with Albert and Lady Lovelace’s conversation, but then Lord M — like a true friend — calls her jealousy out. What’s a girl to do?!

Unfortunately, what a girl does (ought to or not) is find out she’s pregnant again. But before she has the chance to tell Albie, he decides to pick a fight with her about her recent attentions to Lord M, before trying to stomp off to a Statistical Society Dinner. When she asks him to stay home, he demands to know if she is asking… or commanding. When Victoria does not reply, Albert leaves. Throughout the night they struggle with this power play, Victoria sending his valet with requests to come home, and the valet returning with Albert’s regrets. And when Albert finally does return home, he finds himself relegated to the couch.

The course of true love, etc.

Naturally, this all leads to Victoria visiting Lord M at Brocket Hall the next day, where she delivers the absolutely most perfect line for every boss lady out there who struggles to balance her life:

To be a queen I must rule. Yet to be a wife, it seems I must submit.

Despite his good counsel to trust Albert, once Victoria leaves we see the dark sight of Lord M meeting with his doctor, complaining of head pains, fatigue and weakness on his left side – and receiving leech treatment. Believe you me, that’s never a good sign in Victorian England.

Back at the castle, Albie is trying to locate Victoria for a long-needed talk… only to find out through the grapevine that A) Girl is pregnant and B) Girl is off at Brocket Hall. This is a less than auspicious way for a husband to learn about his wife’s ‘delicate condition,’ wouldn’t you say?

Looking to better understand Albert’s interest in the Royal Astronomical Society, Victoria pays them a visit. As she enters, Lady Lovelace is in the middle of running out – her son has fallen out of a tree and needs her. While Victoria tries to hide her delight at finding out Lovelace is married, their discussion turns to the struggles of being a woman of ambition, but a woman with family . With a grin, Lovelace tells the Queen there are times she wishes she had been born a man. Victoria’s reaction?

Back at the palace, Albert comes across Victoria in the garden. They finally discuss the baby, each other, and rule of the country. While Victoria is queen, and always will be, she still wants him. And, he promises, she shall always have him.

Meanwhile, downstairs, Penge and the servants have a bit of a poltergeist problem – or at least they think they do. An industrious street urchin has crept into the house, stealing food here and there, and spying on the royal family. It takes them a minute, but the boy is finally caught – by the Duchess of Buccleuch of all people.

Oh, I’m sure that won’t get out.

Sure enough, the palace interloper is the talk of the castle at the start of Episode Two. A distraught Albert continues to bug Victoria about his unwanted status until she finallly tells him to tighten castle procedures and safety if he’s so concerned about it.

At Brocket Hall, we find Lord M once again with his doctor, discussing his ‘grave condition’. The doctor recommends that Lord M get his affairs in order.

After finding out that the Spitalfield silk weavers are losing business to the foreign silk market, Victoria decides to throw a medieval-style ball, encouraging the wealthy of London to purchase local silk for their costumes in large portions – despite Peel’s suggestion that it might be a tad ‘Antoinette’-ish.

While the ball does generate a great deal of silk for the Lord and Lady’s attending the palace, it also generates a lot of negative attention, the poor gathering outside the gates to protest the ball in frustration – including Eliza Skerrett, Mrs. Skerrett’s cousin.

At the ball, drama-with-a-capital-D abounds. Ernest and Harriet dance together, and confess that they cannot forget each other. Lord Alfred and Peel’s secretary Drummond are becoming fast friends – or maybe more. And when Victoria and Lord M dance, Lord M suddenly stumbles from the dance floor.

To top it all off, when Victoria goes in search of a missing Albert, she discovers the protesting crowds outside the castle gates, and finally (finally!) see’s the error of her plan.

Visiting the Parliament building the following day, Albert finds Lord M sitting in a hall, staring off into space. When Albie asks about his health, Lord M confides in him, but asks one thing – don’t tell Victoria. He can’t bear to be the cause of any of the Queen’s distress.

Naturally, Albert tells Victoria. . He does tell her that Lord M wanted to keep it from her, to prevent her distress, which is probably what tempers her reaction. But all the same, she’s off to Brocket Hall once more, bearing a mechanical bird music box that sings Mozart – Lord M’s favorite. In a tearful discussion, they talk about the past, and make promises for the future that they both know are false. After Victoria bids him goodbye, he watches the music box play. It winds down, and stops.

But that’s not all that’s in store for Victoria – returning home, she finds Dash, her beloved dog and companion since before her reign, has passed away in her absence. She is beside herself.

Fast-forward a few months, and Victoria has given birth to a son in a particularly difficult labor. After the dual-hardships of losing Lord M and Dash, post-partum depression has reared its ugly head once again, and Victoria can’t bear the thought of returning to the throne.

But fate plots against our dear Queen, and the Duke of Coburg passes away, necessitating Albert’s return to his homeland. While he’s away, an explosion rocks the Tower of London, killing two and injuring many more. Peel basically has to drag her down to the hospital to visit the survivors and their families. After shaking hands and offering condolences, Victoria flees the sick room on the verge of tears.

Somewhat surprisingly, this time it’s the dotty Duchess of Buccleuch who brings Victoria comfort. She promises her that the way Victoria has been feeling is normal, and that it happens to a lot of women. That things will get better, day by day. And if her words weren’t comforting enough, the Duchess throws in a new puppy for good measure. Our Queen is once again on her way to recovery.

Meanwhile, in Coburg… Uncle Leo decides that the death of the Duke is the perfect time to start dishing out the hot goss, and starts with the biggest bomb of them all – he just might be Albie’s real father. Albert, of course, handles this in the most princely, mature way possible, and gets absolutely twisted with permanent-bad-influence Ernest, confronts Leo in a drunken rage, and then storms off back to England.

Downstairs, there’s been a leak. Word has gotten out to the newspapers about the castle interloper. As Penge and the Baroness investigate the problem, one suspect rises to the top: the recently re-acquired Chef Francatelli. Since his return, the chef has been seen toting a fancy pocket watch, new clothes, and upon a thorough search of his rooms (wow, rude), 10 pounds.

But just as the axe is about to fall, it’s Skerrett to the rescue, as she finds out that Francatelli had nothing to do with the leak, and it was in fact… herself?! The ever-embittered Cousin Eliza, having heard the news in confidence from Mrs. Skerrett, turned around and sold it to the paparazzi. Naturally, dear Mrs. Skerrett can’t betray Francatelli (again) so she turns herself in, spilling the whole sordid tale — false backstory and all — to the Baroness and the Queen.

It’s a good thing girl’s so talented at doing the queens hair, because they let her stay.

Francatelli is thankful for Skerrett’s intervention, but the return of his pleasant attitude toward her doesn’t last long. At the start of Episode Three, Albert’s valet, Brodie, spots him meeting with a rich lady in the street, kissing her hand and helping her into a carriage. While the downstairs crew takes delight in teasing him about this, it’s instantly obvious that Skerrett is crushed.

Meanwhile, upstairs, a trip to France is in the offing. King Louis Phillipe is seeking to engage his son, Prince Antoine to the not-yet-of-age Queen Isabelle of Spain. Peel fears that this alliance might result in another Napoleonic situation, with the continent united against the UK. But when he brings this up to Victoria, she thinks the best solution is to head on over to make friends and influence people. When Peel asks his BFF Albie to intervene with her, it becomes clear that Albie is still brooding about his possible parentage. The trip to France goes forward.

Once there, Victoria finds the French Court charming; Ernest, meeting them there, finds the French women charming. But not everyone is as delighted – with the Duchess of Buccleuch condemning the entire country as modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, it seems that Albert can’t help but agree. When he’s not railing about the vulgarity of the French King, he’s frustrated with the artifice of the court, and even goes off on Victoria for trying to fit in with the courtiers by wearing makeup.

This trip seems to be the straw that breaks the German’s back, because Albert finally comes clean to Victoria about Leo possibly being his father. Naturally, Victoria doesn’t give a damn, telling Albert that whoever his father is, it’s him that she wants by her side. They reconcile… and probably a fair bit more.

Now that Albert’s got his groove back, he finally joins in the attempt to convince Louis Phillipe to not engage Antoine to Isabelle. He brokers an agreement – the French Prince will not marry the Spanish Queen, so long as a Coburg doesn’t either. Unfortunately, Louis seems to have lost his short term memory, because almost as soon as Albie and Victoria arrive back at the palace, they find out that Antoine has become engaged to Isabelle. As Albert threatens to slip back into his depressive brooding, Victoria pulls out her Ace card to cheer him up – she’s pregnant.

Again.

Episode Four sees a change of tact, almost exclusively taking on the Great Famine in Ireland. Through the eyes of the Dr. Robert Traill, we see the horrors around the famine in Ireland – as parents die of starvation, while they try to feed their children, and the food that Ireland grows is being shipped off to England. A Protestant, Dr. Traill is infuriated by the work of his party, where a Catholic cannot benefit from the church’s soup kitchen unless they convert religions. Traill fights an uphill battle to save the people in County Cork, writing to the papers, and trying to get his parish to help those in need.

In England, Victoria hears of his travails, reading his letters in the paper. She and Peel fight over turning over the tariffs on grain from Ireland. He brings in Sir Charles Trevelyan who’s just a real…

… and tells Victoria that the only problem with the Irish is that they drink too much and don’t know how to manage their money. Right. Somehow, our girl knows that he’s full of it.

And being the smart, competent Queen that she is, she writes to Traill and brings him to England. She talks with him, listens to the plight of the Irish, and promises him money to help bring succor to his region. What’s more, she sways Peel to her side, getting his promise to fight in the House to repeal the tariffs.

As Victoria, Traill and Peel take on the Famine, a more personal tragedy is at foot in the household. Ernest, plagued by odd symptoms since his romp through France, has finally visited a doctor, incognito. He’s diagnosed with syphilis, a disease that did not yet have a cure in the Victorian era. His doctor prescribes him ten 30-minute sessions of sitting in a room of mercury vapors. I’ve never been so happy about the invention of penicillin, and I’m allergic to it!

Downstairs, we discover that the mysterious woman that Francatelli has been meeting is in fact an American (gasp!) who wants to make him a star chef in her country (double gasp!). While he very seriously considers the opportunity, in the end he stays.

And I think we all know why.

Episode Five starts with yet another assassination attempt on the pregnant Queen – but, for the second time, the gun wasn’t loaded, the man simply seeking fame, rather than her death. Albie insists on an increase of soldiers everywhere, which drives Victoria to distraction. Seeking to take her freedom back, Victoria is like – hey, I’ve heard Scotland is beautiful this time of the year?

And it is, except for the bagpipes, which drive Albert into a rage nearly every time they play. And their host is paranoid about Victoria’s safety, surrounding her with even more soldiers. So, she and Albert cook up a solution that takes on a life of its own – taking a ride in the countryside with their host, they get lost in the infamous Scottish mist, happily riding by themselves until they realize – oh dip, they really are lost.

A typical man, Albert refuses to stop for directions, continuing to forge ahead through the countryside as the royal party grow more and more distressed back home. It looks like the end for our adorable couple as the day turns into dusk, but just before the night takes them, they find a tiny thatch cottage with a tiny old couple who invite them in to share a tiny trout dinner.

The couple clearly doesn’t get the paper here. They put Albie and Victoria to work washing dishes and helping stoke the fire. Raised in the lap of luxury, both of our kids are delighted by this change of events, grinning happily at the simplicity. Alas, in the morning they are found. After a heartfelt goodbye with their hosts, they return home.

Likewise, the rest of the household seems to love the romanticism of Scotland. It certainly serves as a panacea for the will-they-or-won’t they that has been growing between Lord Alfred and Peel’s secretary, Drummond. Skipping out on one of the royal dinners, the boys head to a reel that the servants hold in the woods. Heading home, they stop to watch the sunset over a small pond – and taken by the moment they finally kiss. The romance!

Similarly, Mrs. Skerrett is also taken with Scotland – or at least one Scot in particular. One of the Highlanders invites her to a reel, and after only one rousing dance, our girl is like:

But faster than we can collectively squeal “But what about Chef Francatelliiiiiiiii?!”, she’s bidding the handsome lad goodbye, and rebuffing his request to write. I guess what happens in Scotland stays in Scotland, because she’s not home more than a day before she and Francatelli hop back on that flirting train – Hurrah!

But the joy of Scotland can’t last forever, and like a bad penny Uncle Leo turns up again in Episode Six. Albie returns to his angsty brooding that, while oh-so-alluring, puts a strain on the relationship between him and Vic. Especially when his frustration takes the form of disapproval of how Lehzen cares for the children.

Unfortunately his criticism’s come to pass when a fierce fever takes hold of little Vickie, and the girl takes to bed ill, much to everyone’s distress. No one takes it harder than Victoria, who feels like her defense of Lehzen resulted in her daughter’s illness. And though little Vickie eventually recovers, Victoria feels that to preserve her relationship with Albie, and the safety of her children, she must ask Lehzen to leave.

In Parliament, Peel continues to try and repeal the tariffs on Ireland, known as the corn laws. Not only does this go against the general opinion of his party, but it betrays the party’s supporters in the agriculture community. He’s accused of betraying every virtue of the Tory’s, and for calling for the death of English agriculture. It’s a lot for one man to bear on his shoulders, but Peel stands strong, and the corn laws are repealed.

But the victory is short-lived — as Drummond and Peel leave the House, a shooter comes out of the crowd, taking aim at Peel. Being the best personal secretary ever, Drummond shoves Peel out of the way, taking the bullet full in the chest.

Struck by the death of his personal secretary, and the betrayal of his party during the repeal of the corn laws, PM Peel gives Victoria his resignation, which she accepts.

Elsewhere, Ernest has seen success with the mercury vapors (literally, WHY??). His doctor clears him of the illness, and with this new lease on life, he approaches the very-recently-widowed Harriet, telling her he has a very important question to ask her. They agree to meet.

But, as this is Victorian England — and a drama — that happiness is short lived. As Ernest steps from his bath that night, his valet catches sight of a rash growing on his back. The syphilis is back. Harriet receives word that Ernest is indisposed.

Downstairs, Francatelli and Skerrett finally go on a proper date. It goes well, it seems, if the following episode has anything to tell us – because in the next episode, when he proposes, she accepts – regardless of the impact it may have on their employment at the palace.

But outside of the delightful (and fast. That was fast, right?) engagement of Skerrett and Francatelli, Episode Seven is a celebration of everything that is Christmas. We discover that Albie is a bit of a closet Noel-fanatic, and he jumps into celebrating the season with both feet. And promptly puts his foot in it, when he invites Uncle Leo and Victoria’s Mamá to the palace. Victoria is less than delighted, despite the news she has to share with everyone – she’s pregnant. Again.

With Uncle Leo comes the Princess Gertrude, his latest suggestion of a wife for Ernest-the-syphilitic. When Ernest, who really is a mensch, tries to explain why he can’t get married at present, Uncle Leo is basically like “Lol, who doesn’t have syphilis?” But Gertrude isn’t the only woman Ernest has to turn down in this episode. Despite his previous dismissal of Harriet, she has made up her mind – whether they get married or not, she’s going after Ernest. After showing up in his room for an intense makeout session, Ernest has to come clean with her about his problem. And even though she accepts and still wants him, the suddenly-grown-a-conscience Ernest tells her that it can never be. Sniff!

Meanwhile, Albie and Victoria have another problem on their hands – the Dahomey King has sent, as a gift to them, the young princess of a neighboring tribe that he defeated. Eight years old, the young girl has been renamed Sarah by her foster family, the Forbes. Victoria is startled with being presented a child as a gift, but invites the girl to live with them at the palace, seeking to treat the girl as one of her own. But as time passes, it become more clear to Albert that the girl is increasingly unhappy at the palace – she’s scared of the dogs, she hates the snow, and he’s pretty sure she misses Mrs. Forbes. Victoria, struggling with what is right resists him at first, accusing him of disliking the girl.

After a particularly intense fight, Victoria is crying on her couch when Sarah comes upon her. They talk, and Sarah reveals that she does miss Mrs. Forbes, that she enjoyed living with their family. After much thought, Victoria decides to send the girl back to live with the Forbes, though she promises to continue to support her.

Elsewhere in the Royal Court, Lord Alfred and Wilhelmina begin to grow closer in the time after Drummond’s death. After her support at the funeral, Alfred states that he doesn’t know where he would be without her – that he doesn’t know if he could have endured the intervening weeks without her. After some thought (and some intervening from the good old Duchess of Buccleuch), Alfred proposes.

In the final scenes, we see Albie’s grand vision for Christmas come to pass, the ballroom full with a variety of Christmas trees, and each child with a pile of presents. At a dinner where all animosities are laid aside, and her nearest and dearest are happy, she finally understands Albert’s true vision for the holiday, and thanks him for bringing her the holiday spirit. The kiss, sealing Season Two of Victoria with a bow.

PHEW! With all that background, who can foresee where Season Three is going to take us?! Check out the preview for Season Three, and join us Sunday, January 13 for the premiere!

Victoria series 2: All you need to know about the ITV drama

Jenna Coleman is donning her regal robes once more to resume the throne as Queen Victoria.

Season two of the hit ITV drama returns to our screens this autumn to pick up the gripping story of the monarch’s life.

Get up to speed with everything you need to know about the new series.

Episode 4 spoilers – The Sins Of The Father
The Royal Court is delighted by the arrival of a healthy Prince of Wales, but Victoria finds herself paralysed by an inexplicable sorrow after a difficult birth, and is unable to bond with her son.
Things are not made easier when tragic news arrives from Coburg and Albert is forced to depart for his childhood home – the first time Victoria and Albert have been apart since their wedding. Whilst in Coburg, Albert learns a dark family secret which leaves him feeling lost as to his place in Palace.
Meanwhile, a blunder by Skerrett threatens to put Francatelli in the firing line unless she exposes her deepest secret. Will she confess and risk losing her livelihood? A reluctant revelation from Drummond also threatens to end his tentative friendship with Lord Alfred.

When national duty calls, Victoria finds she cannot escape the responsibilities of being Queen regardless of whether or not Albert is standing behind her, and must draw on reserves of courage that she didn’t know she had. Will she in turn be able to reach Albert in his private torment?

Is Lord M really returning?

You heard correctly. Rufus Sewell’s is back in episode 2 as the Queen’s former Prime Minister and confidante, Lord Melbourne, a fan favourite character.

Speaking about his return, Sewell said: “One of the things that appealed about the role originally was that it was finite; a lovely contained story with a beginning middle and end. I really didn’t want Melbourne to be hanging around beyond the natural span of his story. All the same, I knew that if all went well, I’d probably regret leaving when it came to it and it turned out I was right. When the producers came to me with a way to bring him back in season two that was still true to the story, I was only too happy to come back.

“What wouldn’t work is trying to repeat the situation and the dynamic that Lord M and Victoria had in series one, fun though it was to play. That had to end and by the time Albert arrived Melbourne’s role and the nature of his relationship with Victoria had changed as it should. After that Melbourne, who had always been a very vital man, changed and aging caught up with him relatively quickly so what was interesting was navigating his changed relationship with Victoria and also with Albert. There had been a certain level of imagined antagonism to start off with but actually in reality they liked each rather a lot once the original suspicion went away so it was lovely to come back to work a little more with Tom Hughes.”

What time is Victoria on?

The eight-part series began on ITV on Sunday 27th August at 9.05pm. It will continue on Sundays in the same timeslot throughout the autumn.

There will also be a two-hour Christmas special.

Never miss an episode on BT TV – watch the show on catch-up vua the ITV Hub app.

What part of Queen Victoria’s life will we see this time?

Picking up just a month after the events of series one, viewers will be able to follow Victoria as she struggles to adjust to her life as a working mother.

But while Victoria may be finding it a challenge to combine being a parent with her duties as Queen, her husband Albert has troubles of his own.

He must find a valuable role for himself alongside his powerful wife, which will lead to some friction between the couple.

Photos taken from the set of series two have shown Victoria with another baby bump – and with nine children to get through, it’s no surprise that she will be pregnant again.

The continuing story is set during the 1840s when the royal couple’s family was growing, but it was also a time of unrest and saw Ireland suffer the potato blight which led to Victoria being dubbed the Famine Queen.

Series creator Daisy Goodwin said: “In series one Victoria married the handsome prince, but in this series she and Albert get down to the serious business of living happily, sometimes stormily, ever after.

“Victoria is the only Queen Regnant to marry and give birth while on the throne and the challenges of being head of state as well as a wife and mother are legion.

“In many ways Victoria’s dilemma is a modern one – how do you have a successful marriage and a happy family when you are holding down an important job. Can you really have it all?”

Who is in the cast for the second series?

Coleman returns as Victoria alongside Tom Hughes as her husband Albert.

Dame Diana Rigg is the big new signing this series. The veteran actress will be playing Victoria’s new Mistress of the Robes, the Duchess of Buccleuch.

Others joining the cast include Denis Lawson, Line Of Duty’s Martin Compston, Call The Midwife actress Emerald Fennell, and Spin star Bruno Wolkowitch.

Fans will be pleased to see the return of Nigel Lindsay as Sir Robert Peel, Alex Jennings as King Leopold, Peter Bowles as the Duke of Wellington, David Oakes as Prince Ernest, Daniela Holtz as Baroness Lehzen, and Catherine Flemming as the Duchess of Kent.

Actors coming back to play palace staff include Nell Hudson as Nancy Skerrett, Ferdinand Kingsley as chef Francatelli, and Adrian Schiller as Penge.

Eagle-eyed viewers may also spot one of Coleman’s relatives if they look hard enough – she recently shared an Instagram snap of her on the set and in costume with her grandfather.

What did I miss in the first series of Victoria?

The original series packed in three years of Victoria’s life, from her ascension to the throne in 1837 through to the birth of her first child in 1840.

Viewers saw Victoria and Albert’s romance develop following their arranged match, their wedding and the arrival of their first child, although it was not always the easiest of love stories.

The queen’s close friendship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell) caused problems, as did Albert’s struggle to define himself in relation to his powerful wife – something that series two will explore further.

It also documented Victoria’s famous hatred of being pregnant and her conflicting feelings over becoming a mother, another theme that will grow as the drama returns.

Political themes in series one included Victoria sending the leaders of the Newport Rising to exile in Australia rather than giving them the death sentence, Albert making a successful speech against slavery, and the couple disagreeing on whether Albert should take on the development of Britain’s railways as a pet cause.

Watch the trailer for series 2:

In their own words

Jenna Coleman: “I think what I have grown most to love about her is her absolute candidness and frankness to say exactly what she thinks. Unapologetically so.”

“As I feel I’ve got to know her more and more, I’ve found that she is so incredibly human; vital and full of secrets hidden behind misconceptions. The Victoria we explore this series is in her honeymoon period, which is interrupted by numerous pregnancies. She is hugely disappointed to be what she calls, ‘caught’.

“We see Victoria, as ever, deeply in love with Albert, learning to navigate her new life as a mother and keep her hands firmly on the crown, whilst ring true to her independent and stubborn nature. Such a balancing act leads to inevitable fireworks.”

Tom Hughes: “I think, naturally, the more time one spends in an environment the more at ease one feels within it. Or, the more one understands of it, at least. That is true of Albert, but circumstance has it that others may not be quite as comfortable with this growing stability and strident expression!”

“In my interpretation of Albert, there is a strident, inquisitive and at times restless nature within him. As such, I am not sure if he would ever truly feel as if he has finished striving.”