Victoria (2016– )
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King Leopold suggests Victoria consider Prince Albert as a suitable consort, which results in her being surrounded by suitors, though her determination to rule alone leaves her uncle suspicious of her closeness to Melbourne.

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Tom Vaughan

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Daisy Goodwin, Daisy Goodwin (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jenna Coleman ... Victoria
Rufus Sewell ... Lord Melbourne
Daniela Holtz ... Baroness Lehzen
Margaret Clunie ... Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland
Adrian Schiller ... Penge
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Lady Emma Portman
Alex Jennings ... King Leopold
Nichola McAuliffe Nichola McAuliffe ... Duchess of Cumberland
Paul Rhys ... Sir John Conroy
Daisy Brown Daisy Brown ... Soprano
Catherine Flemming ... Duchess of Kent
Daniel Donskoy ... Grand Duke
Peter Firth ... Duke of Cumberland
Eve Myles ... Mrs. Jenkins
Nicholas Agnew ... Prince George
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Storyline

Victoria's uncle, Belgian king Leopold, arrives at court, urging her to marry her German cousin Albert whilst the Russian Grand Duke puts himself up as a suitor and Cumberland pushes his son George into the arena, prompting below stairs speculation as to which one will become Regent. When Leopold accuses her of being in love with Melbourne she puts him in his place by declaring that she has no intention to be married but is clearly disappointed when Melbourne points out to her that they could never be together and she agrees to meet Albert, though she is initially unimpressed by him. She also starts to show some skill at politics, getting rid of Conroy with a promotion in Ireland and showing mercy to the Chartists, the radical group demanding universal suffrage who include Mrs Jenkins' nephew. Written by don @ minifie-1

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

While the relationship between Queen Victoria and Lord Melbourne was strong enough to encourage speculation that they might marry, most scholars describe their feelings for each other as more akin to a surrogate father and daughter, or at most a school girl crush on Victoria's part. See more »

Goofs

In the opera-house sequence, the characters watch the soprano sing the mad scene from the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" and then one of them says he's leaving before the second act begins. The "Lucia" mad scene occurs during the opera's third and final act. See more »

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Piano Sonata No.1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No.1: IV. Prestissimo
(uncredited)
Performed by ALFRED BRENDEL
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Brocket Hall
16 October 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

So far detractors have been circling around Victoria being critical of her youth her height, her inexperience to be a monarch. Still there is the fictional relationship with Gladstone, her rock which has kept viewers satisfied.

However it is not to last, we know Albert is around the corner. Well in Germany actually. Victoria has learned fast and decided to isolate those who are an obstacle. She will dispatch Conroy to Ireland with a fancy title and an annuity which is essentially a bribe.

However there are other pompous people about like King Leopold who wants Victoria to be matched with his nephew so his influence can criss cross Europe by a grand alliance of marriage between different monarchs. Albert (Tom Hughes) is someone who met Victoria when they were children. He is not the only suitor as other aristocrats view Victoria as a catch, the certainty to rule with her a mighty empire, more then adequate compensation for her lack of height.

However how the ordinary people live is not forgotten. Albert certainly has not, he wants to see what ordinary life in England is like and whether the populist would revolt. The Chartist rising will is brutally met by Melbourne. Victoria's dresser Jenkins is from the same Welsh village as some of the Chartist who are to be executed. Victoria decides to be more lenient.

Third episode in and despite being pretty to look at, almost Mills and Boons romance, I have to regard the series as a load of old tosh far departed from the real life of Queen Victoria. This is a fictional re-imagining and future episodes will have to be assessed in that regards. Just hope the script improves.


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