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This historical drama series depicts the beginning of the reign of Britain's Queen Victoria. At the young age of 18 Victoria ascends to the throne following the death of her uncle. She is determined to prove that she can rule as Queen, but is unable to avoid scandal and rumors that always seem to follow the royal family. Victoria is determined to claim her independence and works hard to try and balance her duties as Queen and making time for love and family. She quickly learns the complications that come with establishing a working government, and that no matter how hard she try people will meddle in her life

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on ITV
2 Seasons, 14 Episodes
August 28, 2016
Drama
8.2/10
Cast: Jenna Coleman, Nell Hudson, Tommy Knight, Daniela Holtz
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Victoria Full Episode Guide

  • Despite giving birth to a healthy Prince of Wales, Victoria finds herself paralyzed by an inexplicable sorrow. Meanwhile, a tragedy in Coburg plunges Albert into his own private torment.

  • Discontent is growing in the country, and Victoria throws a costume ball in a misguided attempt to help the silk weavers of Spitalfields

  • Victoria is thrown into turmoil by the realization that she is pregnant again, and her equilibrium is further threatened by Albert's burgeoning friendship with the lady mathematician, Ada Lovelace.

  • In the Season 2 premiere, new mother Victoria is impatient to return to the business of ruling a nation, while Albert attempts to protect her from the increasingly desperate news regarding British soldiers in Afghanistan.

  • PBS and MASTERPIECE talk with the creator and cast of VICTORIA, in this preview of season 2.

  • Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Alex Jennings, Diana Rigg, Nigel Lindsay, and Jordan Waller discuss how Victoria struggles to define her role as a ruler, and find a compromise between being a woman and ruling in a masculine power structure.

  • Victoria's pregnancy raises the sticky topic of a Regency. When Victoria names Albert as the head of state in case of her death, the Tories are outraged by prospect of being ruled by a German prince.Albert however is still desperate to have more influence in the present. He proposes a trip to the rapidly industrialising North in an attempt to engage with the country at large. Far from the thrilling journey he anticipated, Albert is humiliated by his Tory hosts and confused by Victoria's insensitivity.In this hostile environment Albert finds a kindred spirit in Sir Robert Peel and to his delight he invites Albert to visit his railway.Below stairs, Lohlein is subject to similar antagonism for being foreign and back at the palace, Francatelli and Skerrett are starting to fall in love.

  • With no real role in the household, Albert feels worthless and matters are made worse when the Duke of Sussex refuses to let him take precedence at dinner. Whilst a dejected Albert hopes that an heir might garner more respect, Victoria is determined to outmanoeuvre Sussex and give Albert the esteem he deserves.Below stairs, the servants gossip over when to expect the first Royal baby and Skerrett faces a dilemma when the only person who can save her cousin and small child from imminent death is the person she trusts the least - Francatelli.Albert has his own ideas about how to make himself valuable - he decides to open the anti-slavery convention and nervously prepares his speech.

  • In the precious stolen moments before Albert leaves for Coburg, he asks Victoria to secure a title and settlement for him before they marry. Victoria however is more preoccupied with telling Melbourne of her engagement.In Coburg Albert fears for his future in England: husband to the most powerful woman in the world but without financial independence. Victoria meanwhile has let paranoia reign and has convinced herself that Albert only wants the money to support a mistress on the side.Melbourne finally gives Victoria the approval of her fianc? she's been seeking and at last she and Albert confront their deepest fears about married life. Victoria says her last farewell to Melbourne before she and Albert nervously prepare for their wedding night.

  • Prince Albert immediately puts Victoria on the defensive upon his arrival, but despite her protestations of indifference, she struggles to hide her true feelings and faces a difficult choice between the comfortable familiarity of Melbourne and the enthralling but prickly Albert.

  • When Victoria's uncle Leopold proposes Albert as a husband, other suitors swoop in, desperate to win the Queen's hand in marriage. Although Victoria is determined to reign alone, Leopold rightly suspects that her indifference to marriage could have something to do with the chemistry between her and Melbourne.

  • As Melbourne's popularity in the house wanes, the Tories eagerly await their imminent triumph. Most impatient of all is Victoria's wicked uncle Cumberland, who views Melbourne's pending defeat as a chance to prey on Victoria's vulnerability and establish a co-regency with the Duchess of Kent and Conroy.Victoria is devastated when Melbourne regretfully announces he is stepping down, and even more bewildered that she must ask a complete stranger, Sir Robert Peel, to form a government. Desperate, Victoria implores Melbourne to return as her Prime Minister and is stumped when he rejects her - Peel is the rightful candidate. Unable to accept this, Victoria concocts a plan that humiliates Peel, leaving him no choice but to refuse to form government.

  • 18-year-old Alexandrina's life transforms upon becoming Queen; no longer hidden in Kensington Palace under the repressive system of her mother's advisor Lord Conroy, she renames herself Victoria and revels in her newfound freedom with the charismatic prime minister Lord Melbourne. But Victoria's inexperience makes her susceptible to mistakes and ultimately, scandal.

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