Long live the Queen! Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're re-posting our recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2016.
Note: Tonight, PBS aired the first TWO episodes of the series, so make sure you click over to the second episode's recap once you've finished reading this one!
Next Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 2 | See all our Victoria coverage here
So why should you watch?
For anyone with a love for a particular style of period drama that has been left bereft after the end of Downton Abbey, fear not because the savior has arrived. Or to be more precise, the Queen has arrived, in the form of the gloriously written & magnificently styled Victoria (broadcasting on ITV in the UK). The 8-part series charts her early life as she ascends the throne at the tender age of 18, navigating her role as Head of State during what was a turbulent time for Britain, and equally importantly, her introduction to the man who would go on to be her greatest passion in life.
Penned by novelist Daisy Goodwin, her first foray into the world of screenwriting comes from encountering the young Victoria’s diaries as part of her university studies, something which she admits made the task of telling the story that much easier.
Production is bolstered by a stellar cast led by Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley) as the woman predominantly portrayed throughout history as a notoriously stoic monarch clad in ‘widow’s weeds’. Her flawless performance is beautifully supported by the enigmatic BAFTA nominated Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Parade’s End... A Knight's Tale) as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister and long-time confidant. But don't start shipping them yet, as Episode 3 will introduce the historic trifecta with the arrival of the dashing Tom Hughes (The Game, Dancing on the Edge, Silk) as the love of Queen Victoria’s life, Prince Albert.