Victoria (2016– )
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Warp and Weft 

Moved by the plight of a silk weaver in Spitalfields, Victoria throws a lavish medieval ball at the palace with all attendees wearing outfits made in the impoverished area. Though a success the event outrages the public.


Geoffrey Sax


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Lindsay ... Sir Robert Peel
Leo Suter ... Drummond
Gavin Marshall ... George Combe
Tommy Rodger Tommy Rodger ... Boy Jones
Tom Hughes ... Albert
Jenna Coleman ... Victoria
Rufus Sewell ... Lord Melbourne
Howard Corlett ... Fashionable Doctor
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Lady Emma Portman
Adrian Schiller ... Penge
Daniela Holtz ... Baroness Lehzen
Diana Rigg ... Duchess of Buccleuch
Bebe Cave ... Wilhelmina Coke
Catherine Flemming ... Duchess of Kent
Nell Hudson ... Skerrett


The apprehension of a palace thief alerts Albert to household inefficiency, leading to pay increases for the staff, whilst Victoria receives a deputation from the weavers of Spitalfields protesting against foreign imports. Against the advice of Sir Robert Peel, who cites national unrest, Victoria decides to throw a ball where the costumes are only made by the Spitalfields craftsmen but Peel is proved right as the ball is seen as a costly extravagance whilst thousands are starving and there is a demonstration at the palace gates. The guests number Lord Melbourne, who masks his terminal illness from the queen, but Albert learns the truth and Victoria pays her former mentor an emotional visit. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Händel's Zarabanda is heard in a very similar way to that of Stanley Kubrick in Barry Lyndon, repeatedly entering as a basso continuo to underline different scenes. See more »


Victoria: I did wonder if you might be unwell.
Lord Melbourne: Illness is for people with nothing better to do, ma'am.
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A Naive Queen
22 January 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode focuses in on Queen Victoria's quick decision making. This is something that annoys Albert, the practical part of the monarchy. A silk merchant comes to the castle, imploring Victoria to do something about the fate of the workers, who are being pushed out by inferior foreign silk. Instead of pushing for legislation from Parliament, she decides to have a big ball where everyone must use local silk in their costumes. She thinks this is great at the time, but soon comes to realize that the poor are at the gate being kept out by the royal guards. The second child is also born and we can see the Queen suffering from post-partum depression. Also, her friend Lord M, is dying. There are some touching scenes in this episode and Victoria shows her vulnerabilities.

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