A landmark account of the life of one of history’s greatest monarchs, major new drama series Victoria stars an ensemble cast of award-winning talent, including Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist). Created and written by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin, this lavish costume drama is the start of a landmark account of the life of one of history’s greatest monarchs.
With an ensemble cast of award-winning talent, envisaged as a multi-series Victoria draws on real-life events and the Queen’s own exhaustive diaries to paint a vivid portrait of her transformation from an impulsive eighteen-year- old to her early years as wife, mother and head of a global empire. A saga of interlocking circles, stretching from the upper echelons of the royal court to the below-stairs staff, this is a story of passionate affairs, power struggles and unrequited love, at the centre of which stands the new Queen - a strong, complex and wilful woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon.
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.
Victoria is devastated when Melbourne regretfully announces he is stepping down, and even more bewildered that she must ask a complete stranger, Sir Robert Peel, to form a government…
When Victoria's uncle Leopold proposes Albert as a husband, other suitors also swoop in, desperate to win the Queen's hand in marriage.
Despite Victoria's declarations of indifference, she struggles to hide her true feelings for Prince Albert as he puts her on the defensive.
Victoria and Prince Albert begin to worry about their future together, when Victoria's efforts to secure Albert a settlement are rejected by parliament.
Albert is publicly humiliated by the Duke of Sussex threatening the royal couple's happiness.