Check out our exclusive teaser pictorial video marking the imminent screening on PBS of Victoria Season 1.

The first episode is a bumper two hours and will be shown on January 15th 2017. The historial drama is a Downton Abbey take on Queen Victoria and, in later episodes, Prince Albert. It stars Jenna Coleman in the title role and Tom Hughes as Albert.

Victoria - Jenna Coleman and Rufus Sewell
Victoria – Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) and Melbourne (Rufus Sewell) ©2016 ITV

The series has already aired in the UK where it was made. This follows the pattern of Downton Abbey being given the January – March Masterpiece slot on PBS after a first airing in England. You need to give it a little time to really get going but does have may of the aspects of Downton Abbey. If you liked that should make viewing worth while. It preformed well in the UK and as a result has already been given a second season!

Victoria Season 1 Pictorial Teaser Video

Victoria Season 1 Official Lowdown


Jenna Coleman (of Doctor Who fame) stars as the young Queen Victoria at the outset of her epic reign. You will see the stage for an entire era that would be named in her honor.

The series is scripted by bestselling novelist Daisy Goodwin (known for The Fortune Hunter). Victoria airs in eight magnificent parts, fit for a queen, on PBS Masterpiece, January 15th 2017.

We follow Victoria from her accession to the throne at age 18, through her education in politics, to courtship and marriage. Victoria paints a portrait of a monarch who was raised to be the pawn of her powerful elders but who wasted no time in showing the empire who was in charge.

Victoria Season 1 Cast

The stellar cast includes Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle) as Lord Melbourne. He is the British prime minister who was Victoria’s father figure and intimate friend.

Tom Hughes (Dancing on the Edge) is the handsome, brilliant and awkward Prince Albert. He is to steal Victoria’s heart after a rocky start.

Alex Jennings (Churchill’s Secret) is Leopold I, King of Belgium. He is Victoria and Albert’s matchmaking uncle who had dreams of a dynasty for his obscure royal line—which he amazingly achieved.

Paul Rhys (Borgia) plays Sir John Conroy, the rumored lover of Victoria’s mother. She is the Duchess of Kent, a German princess who is played by German actress Catherine H Flemming. Conroy pictures himself as the de facto ruler of the realm. If only he can get the duchess appointed regent for the immature queen!

We also have Peter Firth (South Riding) appearing as Victoria’s conniving uncle, the Duke of Cumberland. He is convinced that he rightfully belongs on the throne and diligently conspires to get there.


In Victoria, writer Daisy Goodwin imaginatively depicts what it was like for an ill-educated, emotionally deprived teenager to wake up one morning and find that she is the most powerful woman in the world.

That it happened at all was practically a miracle. Victoria was queen only by virtue of ill luck. There where a series of unfruitful marriages on the part of her uncles. These failed to produce legitimate heirs to the crown.

Furthermore, her immediate predecessors were disliked as kings. This had the institution of the monarchy seeming to be doomed.

Victoria charts how the new ruler rose to the challenge.

It also shows how she weathered a series of crises. Some of her own making. Thought this she does not ever lose her youthful charm and innate sense of justice. All of this made her popular with her subjects.


Victoria - Tom Hughes
Victoria – Albert (Tom Hughes) ©2016 ITV

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online