The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of eighteen to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

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Daisy Goodwin
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Jenna Coleman ...  Victoria 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Adrian Schiller ...  Penge / ... 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Tommy Knight ...  Brodie / ... 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Jordan Waller ...  Lord Alfred Paget 24 episodes, 2016-2019
Nell Hudson ...  Skerrett / ... 24 episodes, 2016-2019
Tom Hughes ...  Albert / ... 23 episodes, 2016-2019
Ferdinand Kingsley ...  Francatelli / ... 23 episodes, 2016-2019
Anna Wilson-Jones ...  Lady Emma Portman 19 episodes, 2016-2019
Daniela Holtz ...  Baroness Lehzen 19 episodes, 2016-2019
Nigel Lindsay ...  Sir Robert Peel 15 episodes, 2016-2019
Catherine Flemming ...  Duchess of Kent / ... 16 episodes, 2016-2019
David Oakes ...  Prince Ernest / ... 15 episodes, 2016-2019
Margaret Clunie ...  Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland 14 episodes, 2016-2017
Peter Bowles ...  Duke of Wellington / ... 13 episodes, 2016-2019
Alex Jennings ...  King Leopold 13 episodes, 2016-2019
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The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of eighteen to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

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David Oakes and Nicholas Audsley were in the Starz Show The White Queen together. David Oakes played Prince George, Duke of Clarence and Nicholas Audsley played George Stanley, Lord Strange who was the step brother of Henry VII. See more »

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Robert Peel's Private Secretary Edward Drummond is shown as having a relationship with Lord Alfred Paget, but there's no evidence that either of the men were gay or had any same-sex relationships. Drummond was fatally shot in 1843. Alfred Paget became the Queen's Chief Equerry in 1846. See more »

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Series 1: PBS Masterpiece broadcasts add on average 5 minutes of additional footage per episode not shown in the ITV broadcasts. The exception to this are the first two episodes of Series 1 which for PBS airing were edited together to form a single feature-length episode for a two-hour timeslot; the edited version removes several minutes of footage from these episodes (including the original closing moments of episode 1). The North American DVD/Blu-ray release of Series 1 is the ITV version and thus does not include the extra footage seen on PBS. Also, the ITV broadcasts/DVD release indicate episode numbers in the opening credits alongside episode titles; this is not shown on PBS. See more »

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Polarizing, but I'm not surprised.
14 January 2019 | by fferraro-05994See all my reviews

**This is primarily intended as a rebuttal to some very unforgiving reviews.

I started watching this show when I first came out and as many other reviewers have already stated, I was absolutely captivated by Jenna Coleman's and Rufus Sewell's portrayals of Queen Victoria and Lord M, respectively. I maintain that Rufus was a brilliant Lord M, and frankly I think the reason the writers were able to successfully execute Lord M and Victoria's fabricated infatuation for one another is rooted in the casting. It wouldn't have worked if M was cast accurately, a bumbling old man 40 years her senior.

I'm actually very surprised to read so many criticisms of Tom Hughes's Albert. On the contrary, I thought he did an excellent job. I've always been quite interested in the monarchy and have read extensively on some kings and queens that have captured my imagination in particular - Victoria being one of them - and their personal relationships. It's well-known that V and A were besotted with one another; I believe Victoria wrote "Albert is beautiful" in her diary after their second meeting in 1839. It's also true that she did not want to get married and felt that she was being manipulated into a union with someone who was more convenient for the family than for love. Albert was shy, intellectually-inclined, and very handsome. I don't understand what element of that Tom Hughes neglected. His chemistry with Jenna was suspiciously compelling until I learned that they're together in real life. I think he was altogether very convincing - perhaps with a modern flair, but that seems to be the feel of the entire show.

Which brings me to my next point. For someone like me, who really enjoys costume dramas and romance, this is a wonderful show. The sets are magnificent (CGI leaves something to be desired, but it's not too offensive), the costumes are to die for, and the writing is good. No, it's not absolutely stellar. But it's certainly entertaining. The cast handles very artfully the script they've been given. If you are very knowledgeable about history and find it absolutely impossible to enjoy a show that has taken more than a few creative liberties, this is not the show for you. It's not anything near a documentary, and drama is paramount. I agree that truth is often stranger than fiction, and there are many stories that writer Daisy Goodwin could have spun into a far more accurate and believable series. That being said, I don't hold it against her. While there are some plot lines that seem to have been pulled out of nowhere, the majority of creative liberty comes in the form of exaggeration in this show. Inclinations and motivations are stretched to the nth degree to really show the watcher that this character is either a good guy or a bad guy.

I think the show is worth watching. If you're new to it, certainly watch up to episode 3 in season 1 - that's when Albert's character is really first introduced and the show begins to take a turn. Season 3 started last night here in the US and I found the premiere engaging. I'm excited to see what happens next, as long as Albert's death is conveniently delayed for as long as possible.


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