Victoria (2016– )
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Young England 

A heavily pregnant Victoria defies the advice of her mother and husband, refusing to be confined to the palace. However, when she does venture out the crowds pose a danger as a deranged onlooker attempts to assassinate her.

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Oliver Blackburn

Writers:

Daisy Goodwin, Daisy Goodwin (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jenna Coleman ... Victoria
Tom Hughes ... Albert
Daniela Holtz ... Baroness Lehzen
Peter Firth ... Duke of Cumberland
Alex Jennings ... King Leopold
Adrian Schiller ... Penge
Nell Hudson ... Skerrett
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Francatelli
Eve Myles ... Mrs. Jenkins
Tommy Knight ... Archibald Brodie
Basil Eidenbenz ... Lohlein
Harry McEntire ... Edward Oxford
Nigel Lindsay ... Sir Robert Peel
David Oakes ... Prince Ernest
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Lady Emma Portman
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Storyline

There is speculation above and below stairs as to the queen's surviving child-birth with predatory heir to the throne Cumberland arriving at court. Now more confident Victoria goes for a carriage ride meeting the fanatical but harmless Captain Childers. Albert is angry that he was not told of the captain's regular letters to his wife and saves her from a gun attack by Edward Oxford, a member of the Young England party, to which Cumberland is suspected of having links. Some days later Victoria gives birth to a daughter whilst Ernest fights his feelings for the duchess of Sutherland and Nancy regrets not leaving with Francotelli to open his own bakers shop. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2016 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Mammoth Screen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Queen Victoria claims to be afraid of dying in childbirth like Princess Charlotte. Princess Charlotte of Wales was the daughter of King George IV and granddaughter of King George III (Victoria's grandfather, as well). She would have been Queen herself had she outlived her father and grandfather. Unfortunately, she died at age 21 while giving birth to a stillborn son, before her father ascended to the throne. See more »

Goofs

In this episode there is an assassination attempt by Edward Oxford which indeed did happen. We see the London Peelers (police) for the first time properly in this series. They have incorrect armbands (Should be 2 blue stripes not 3), they are wearing belts (which were not added to the uniforms until 1853) and truncheon hangers attached to the belts. Truncheons were kept in the tailcoat and hangers were not introduced until 1862-1864 when the uniform changed to frock coats and cockscomb helmets. The collar insignia is incorrect with the wrong lace and just a number (copied from an image of a Birmingham City Police tunic at present in a museum in Birmingham). There were 10 divisions and each peeler would have had a divisional letter followed by their number. Buckingham Palace was covered by A division so for example the collar number should be A.123. The A was circled by tress and the number was within a lozenge shaped tress (The tress was dropped in 1844). The biggest boo-boo is the reporting of the investigation by a police sergeant directly to the queen. I would very much doubt a police sergeant would have been given such an audience...Home Secretary or Chief Commissioners at the very least. See more »

Quotes

[Victoria does not want to breast-feed]
Victoria: I want you to find me a wet-nurse immediately.
Baroness Lehzen: So you will not be following your mother's example?
Victoria: *She* is not a queen - and *I* am not a cow.
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Young England
28 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

We know in real life Victoria and Albert were always at it as she was effectively a baby making machine.

Dramatically this does not make for good television. Writer Daisy Goodwin knows that viewers want an effective finale and delivers it.

What better way to do this than have a pregnant Victoria put in danger with assassination attempts and the Duke of Cumberland just waiting in the wings for misfortune to fall on Victoria, so he can wrest the crown away as the next heir. Peter Firth gives an effective sneering performance knowing he is the pantomime villain of the piece.

When an assassination attempt goes wrong, Victoria shows mercy and deference to due legal process. This only leaves Victoria to safely give birth to her first born and the subsequent next heir to the throne while some shady men hang around in case things go wrong.

A chocolate box prettified series even though historically it was a load of old tosh.


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