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Victoria & Albert (2001)

The passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837, the year of King William IV's death and eighteen-year-old Victoria's ascension to ... See full summary »

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John Goldsmith
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Hamilton ... Victoria
Jonathan Firth ... Prince Albert
James Callis ... Ernest
Diana Rigg ... Baroness Lehzen
Patrick Malahide ... Sir John Conroy
Roger Hammond ... Duke of Coburg
Penelope Wilton ... Princess Mary Louise Victoria, Duchess of Kent
Peter Ustinov ... King William IV
Delena Kidd Delena Kidd ... Queen Adelaide
Timothy Carlton ... Dr. Halford
John Wood ... Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Malcolm Sinclair ... Conyngham
Gary Raymond ... Archbishop
Nigel Hawthorne ... Lord William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
Crispin Redman Crispin Redman ... Mr. Anson
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The passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837, the year of King William IV's death and eighteen-year-old Victoria's ascension to the throne, the series charts the tumultuous period in nineteenth century England where Victoria comes to terms with the enormous duties that lay ahead of her, while also falling deeply in love with her beloved Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The marriage and birth of their nine children are featured, as is Albert's frustration by the inactivity he experienced in the early years of his role as Prince Consort. Written by markbs

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An epic love story as proud and powerful as the British Empire.


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English

Release Date:

20 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Peter Ustinov previously played King William IV's elder brother, the Prince of Wales (the future King George IV), in Beau Brummell (1954). In the interim, he played their great-nephew King Edward VII, Queen Victoria's eldest son and eventual successor, in Strumpet City (1980). See more »

Goofs

The older Queen Victoria (Joyce Redman) has blue eyes, while younger Queen Victoria (Victoria Hamilton) has dark eyes. See more »

Quotes

Prince Albert: I'm not speaking as your husband I am speaking as Vicky's Father!
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Version of The Mudlark (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
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George Frideric Handel
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A true love story from the palace
2 June 2002 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

God, the Brits are good at this sort of thing! A 180-minute history lesson presented as a story of true love. Or maybe it's the other way round. Anyway the whole thing spins along at a merry pace, especially the first half with the intrigue surrounding Victoria's ascent to the throne and her marriage to Albert. Victoria Hamilton and Jonathan Firth really convince as V & A, as does Penelope Wilton as Victoria's domineering mother. We get the usual lashings of fine supporting performances from Nigel Hawthorne (Melbourne), John Wood (Wellington), Alex McCowen (Peel), Peter Ustinov (William IV), Delena Kidd (Queen Adelaide), Diana Rigg (Baroness Lentzen) etc etc. In fact the Baroness was just about the only character in the cast that doesn't have a piece of Australia named after them. As far as I know the only one of them that actually made it out here was Victoria's younger son Prince Alfie who was shot at by some deranged person in Mosman circa 1869. The leading teaching hospital in Sydney is named after him (how's that for trivia?)

Yes, the historical record is played around with a bit – my sources have Baroness Lentzen (Victoria's governess) being given her matching orders in 1842, not 1840, and Albert didn't actually save Victoria from assassination at the hands of an Irish lunatic, though his progressive views on insanity as a defence to crime may have helped to save some of the insane from the hangman (US politicians take note). However, it was probably from Albert that Victoria got her Victorian morality, and he certainly was of great influence – some say he was virtually King while he was alive, at least behind the scenes. As a German he had to keep a low profile in xenophobic Britain, but he gets the credit for the success of the Great Exhibition of 1851; even if Paxton (Richard Briers) actually designed the glass and cast iron `Crystal Palace' in which it was held, Albert had the sense to see that, flimsy as it seemed, Paxton's design was an ideal solution.

It is also sometimes forgotten that Victoria and Albert started out married life when barely out of their teenage years. Both were strongly influenced by older and more experienced people yet both managed to break free. While Albert may have been the better organised and disciplined of the two, Victoria had a remarkable determination to succeed at a particularly tough job. By the end of her long reign the British monarchy had been quietly transformed.

The voluminous correspondence of both parties (the Victorians seem to have written everything down) certainly suggest that Victoria was crazy about Albert, her first cousin, almost from the start, and that Albert, not so keen on Victoria to start with despite the dynastic advantages, grew to love her deeply. This is beautifully laid out in the film, and amongst all the splendour there is a remarkable intimacy. Someone (Melbourne?) suggests at one stage that Albert, through his influence over Victoria, had saved the British monarchy `for another 100 years.' Clearly, he is needed now. Somehow one cannot imagine an equally uplifting account of the present Queen and her consort being made, either now or in another 100 years.


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