Victoria, Episode 1 - Jenna Coleman
Victoria, Episode 1 - Victoria (Jenna Coleman) is crowned Queen ©2016 ITV

Here is a photo teaser of Victoria Episode 1 “Doll No.123”. US viewers will have to wait until January 2017 for this Eight Part Drama to start. In the UK it starts August 28th 2016.

Victoria is in the same slot as Downton Abbey both in the UK and in the USA. We will see the intermarrying royal houses of Europe as well as the scandals of the below-stairs palace staff. Well this sounds familiar! The first episode pictures at least look promising so only time will tell for sure.

The eight part drama stars actress Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. She is best know for her companion role in Doctor Who. We also have BAFTA nominated actor Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne who is Victoria’s first prime minister. The third main character will only be seen from episode three. Here we will meet Tom Hughes as Prince Albert.

Victoria series lowdown

Queen Victoria comes to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism. She died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen. Victoria had revitalised the throne’s public image and become ‘grandmother of Europe’.

The first series of Victoria, written by Daisy Goodwin, will tell the story of the first years of the reign. It starts with the moment of the Queen’s accession in 1837. It follows her first faltering steps from capricious, hormonal teenager with a weak grasp on her duties and responsibilities to her marriage to Albert.

The show is a saga of interlocking circles. The circuits of power in Buckingham Palace and Westminster, the intermarrying royal houses of Europe and the scandals of the below-stairs palace staff.

At the centre stands the new Queen who is a spirited, passionate woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon of stability and strength.

Victoria Episode 1 “Doll no.123” Exclusive Photo Teaser

Victoria Episode 1 “Doll no.123” Official Information


When eighteen-year-old Victoria becomes Queen. Her mother the Duchess of Kent, led by her advisor, Conroy, circle around the young monarch, itching to seize power. Hating Conroy and exasperated by her mother’s dependence on him, Victoria shuns them both.

Below stairs, the servants adjust to their new boss, Victoria’s trusted governess Lehzen. Jenkins, the Queen’s dresser, is incensed to learn that Lehzen has appointed her an assistant without consulting her, the mysterious Skerrett.

Victoria copes with the unknown with the help of her Prime Minister Lord Melbourne. They are enchanted by each other: Victoria by the older man’s erudite wisdom, and he by the young Queen’s irresistible guilelessness. Gossip erupts over the closeness of their relationship. Melbourne fears scandal and retreats. This leaves Victoria prey to Conroy, who seizes the chance to take control and undermine the Queen.

Victoria then rushes into an ill-considered accusation. This results in the glory of her coronation being abruptly curtailed when she learns she has covered the crown in scandal.


Victoria Episode 1 “Doll no.123” Airing dates

UK on ITV: August 28th, 2016
US on PBS: January 15th, 2017