Victoria (2016– )
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Upon the death of King William IV, his 18-year-old niece, Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent, inherits the throne as Queen, and finds herself tested by new responsibilities and conflicted loyalties.

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Tom Vaughan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Knight ... Brodie
Adrian Schiller ... Penge
Daniela Holtz ... Baroness Lehzen
Paul Rhys ... Sir John Conroy
Jenna Coleman ... Victoria
Catherine Flemming ... Duchess of Kent
Peter Ivatts ... Archbishop of Canterbury (as Pete Ivatts)
Rufus Sewell ... Lord Melbourne
Michael Parkhouse Michael Parkhouse ... Lord Melbourne's Butler
Alice Orr-Ewing ... Lady Flora Hastings
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Lady Emma Portman
Robin McCallum Robin McCallum ... Lord Portman
Eve Myles ... Mrs. Jenkins
Peter Firth ... Duke of Cumberland
Nichola McAuliffe Nichola McAuliffe ... Duchess of Cumberland
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On the death of William IV his teen-aged niece Alexandrina Victoria is the monarch of Britain. Dominated by her ambitious German mother the Duchess of Kent and her bullying advisor Conroy the girl determines to break free of their influence, declining their chosen regnal names to style herself Queen Victoria and moving into Buckingham Palace. Given her youth she has many detractors, including jealous uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, keen for her to fail, but, guided by widowed prime minister Lord Melbourne, she does well at her first privy council meeting and at her coronation though there are some who - perhaps with some credence - deem her besotted by Melbourne. It is Melbourne however who gives her reassurance and strength after an attempt to get at Conroy through his ailing mistress, Lady Flora Hastings, almost backfires on her. Below stairs gruff dresser Mrs Jenkins is unhappy to be given an assistant Miss Skerrett but when the royal housekeeper Baroness Lehzen uncovers a plot by ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

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English

Release Date:

17 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Victoria opened with an impressive 6,283,000 viewers tuning in, making it the second most watched programme on ITV for the period 22nd - 28th August 2016. See more »

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The Duchess of Kent complains about being relegated to the northern wing of Buckingham Palace. But the sun is shining directly through the windows which is impossible on a northern side. See more »

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[in intercut scenes, Sir John Conroy is trying to give advice to Lord Melbourne, while the Duchess of Kent and Lady Flora Hastings are trying to give advice to Queen Victoria]
[Lord Melbourne approaches Sir John Conroy in a corridor]
Lord Melbourne: Sir John, I fear you've been waiting for me.
Sir John Conroy: The Duchess is concerned - about the appointment of the Queen's Ladies.
Lord Melbourne: Yes, I believe it's the first time she's been allowed to choose her own companions. She must find it a pleasant change.
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Off and Running
16 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

After having seen all of "The Crown," it was interesting to go back a hundred years to another long reigning monarch. Here we are introduced to the young queen who is informed by a courier at her country home that her uncle is dead. Her mother, who looks so dour, and her consort, Sir John Conroy, are obviously hoping she will fail miserably. She is feisty from the get go and tells everyone that she has been waiting for this moment. She makes it clear she just wants them to back off. She carries this into her early reign as the Parliament begins to put pressure on her. They say she is a child and should be turning things over to her mother and Sir John. But she soon hooks her wagon to Lord Melbourne, who is tired of politics. He tries hard to guide her, but she is still entrenched. She makes a serious mistake when she accuses a young woman, who advises her, of being pregnant. It is a fatal tumor and she is badly embarrassed. There is also a coup from one of the Torys to consider a case of insanity. I can't go into everything, but this is a fine start. The images, like with "The Crown," are really striking. Excellent camera work. Also, there is lots of upstairs/downstairs intrigue. We'll see how this all plays out in subsequent episodes.


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