‘VICTORIA’ BACK FOR SECOND SEASON
FOLLOWING critical acclaim and record ratings worldwide, September 4 sees the return of the hugely popular drama Victoria on ITV Choice.
Once again written by creator and executive producer Daisy Goodwin, the new eight-part season will see Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes reprise their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as they face new challenges both at home and abroad.
Resuming one month after the first series ended, the new season establishes Victoria as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and queen.
However, Albert is still struggling to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife as she returns to her duties, intent on proving she can be both mother and dutiful sovereign.
Joining the leads are much-loved cast members, including Nigel Lindsay as Sir Robert Peel, Alex Jennings as King Leopold, Peter Bowles as the Duke of Wellington, David Oakes as Prince Ernest, Daniela Holtz as Baroness Lehzen and Catherine Flemming as the Duchess of Kent.
Below stairs, Nell Hudson returns as Nancy Skerrett, Ferdinand Kingsley as chef Francatelli and Adrian Schiller as Penge.
Young talent Bebe Cave and Leo Suter have also joined the cast for the second season.
The new series will also see some new faces arrive at the palace, with iconic Bafta Award-winning actress Dame Diana Rigg ( Game of Thrones) joining the regular cast as the Duchess of Buccleuch, the young Queen’s new mistress of the robes, and guest appearances from fellow leading actors, including Emerald Fennell, Martin Compston, Bruno Wolkowitch and Denis Lawson.
“In series one, Victoria married the handsome prince, but in this series she and Albert get down to the serious business of living happily, sometimes stormily, ever after,” Goodwin said.
“Victoria is the only Queen Regnant to marry and give birth while on the throne and the challenges of being head of state, as well as a wife and mother, are legion.
“In many ways, Victoria’s dilemma is a modern one – how do you have a successful marriage and a happy family when you are holding down an important job. Can you really have it all?” Goodwin continued.
Executive producer Damien Timmer added: “Series one of Victoria was a big success both at home and abroad, and it is a privilege to continue to tell the story of this fascinating woman at a particularly interesting point in her reign.
“Audiences will be intrigued by the stories we have lined up this year, full of scandal, romance and tragedy. At the centre of it is a beautifully nuanced study of a young marriage, and it’s a joy to watch Jenna and Tom find new layers to this iconic couple,” Timmer said.
Catch Victoria on ITV Choice (DStv 123) from Monday September 4 at 8pm.