Victoria (2016– )
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Comfort and Joy 

Christmas 1846, a pregnant Victoria faces the festive season without her beloved Baroness Lehzen. Albert wants to transform the palace into a magical, seasonal, wonderland, but tensions mount when he invites some unwelcome guests.


Jim Loach


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zaris-Angel Hator Zaris-Angel Hator ... Sarah
Derek Ezenagu Derek Ezenagu ... King Gezo
Leon Stewart Leon Stewart ... Interpreter
Ben Lamb ... Captain Forbes
Jenna Coleman ... Victoria
Tom Hughes ... Prince Albert
Catherine Steadman ... Mrs. Forbes
Adrian Schiller ... Penge
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Francatelli
Nell Hudson ... Skerrett
Tilly Steele ... Cleary
Tommy Knight ... Brodie
Jordan Waller Jordan Waller ... Lord Alfred Paget
Diana Rigg ... Duchess of Buccleuch
Bebe Cave ... Wilhelmina Coke


In 1846 Albert introduces the Christmas tree to court for the festivities and there are two other arrivals - Victoria's mother, invited by Albert, to his wife's displeasure, and Sarah. a little African girl, a gift from the king of Dahomey. Against Albert's advice Victoria tries to make Sarah feel less awkward at court but is forced to make a decision about her whilst a visit from the king of Prussia causes further discord. Ernest rebels against his father's plan to engage him to a wealthy German princess but has to keep a secret from the adoring duchess Harriet whilst Paget, still mourning Drummond, comes to an arrangement with the duchess of Buccleuth's niece Wilhelmina. Below stairs Penge's hope of making money from a railway scheme comes to nothing and Nancy finds an inheritance from a distant relation comes with a terrible price but finds consolation elsewhere. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The rather daring portrait of Victoria commissioned by her and revealed in this episode "Comfort and Joy" was an actual painting. The portrait painted in 1843 by the artist Winterhalter was however not a Christmas present for Albert but a present for his 24th birthday. Queen Victoria called it her "secret picture" since it was so risque for that time for a royalty to be painted with her hair down and a bared neck. Prince Albert considered it his favorite picture of Victoria and kept it in his private writing room in Windsor Castle to his dying day. The painting itself was actually considered so racy that it was not revealed to the public until 1977 - more than 130 years after it was painted. You can see the original painting at the website for the Royal Collection Trust, if you search for Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Queen Victoria painting signed and dated 1843. (RCIN 406010) See more »


[the Duke of Coburg is lying on his bed in a darkened room; Leopold knocks on door]
Duke of Coburg: Go away. I am asleep.
King Leopold: [entering] Then I will talk to you in your dreams.
Duke of Coburg: I believe that is called a nightmare.
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O Tannenbaum
Written by Ernst Anschütz
Performed by Tom Hughes
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Very disappointing Christmas Special
31 January 2018 | by micealbolgerSee all my reviews

Season One was very enjoyable viewing; whilst Season Two was somewhat lacklustre; save one or two episodes, including the one which focused on the Irish Famine. Whilst there is no doubt that Daisy Goodwin is an expert on Victoria and has produced a fine drama, part of the disappointment with Season Two lays in the fact that she is going to great lengths to be politically correct. A recurring theme of several episodes in Season Two is the love story between two of Victoria's male courtiers.

Being PC is taken a step further in the Christmas Special, with the introduction of Sarah; an African child given to Victoria as a "gift". At a time when the UK of Great Britain & Ireland were all but 100% white, the writer/producer has gone to great lengths to ensure some degree of diversity; just for the sake of it. The result is a rather dull story line that fails to inspire. Very disappointing Christmas viewing...

MB (Southern Ireland)

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