Vic­to­ria’s epic reign

writer daisy Good­win is ‘ter­ri­fied’ about writ­ing se­ries two but hints that the hit drama could go on and on

TV Times - - News - Caren Clark

More than seven mil­lion view­ers have taken Jenna Cole­man’s Vic­to­ria to their hearts – the se­ries has even beaten Poldark in the rat­ings

– so the na­tion cheered at news that it’ll re­turn to ITV.

Writer Daisy Good­win tells

TV Times News that she’s al­ready started pen­ning new episodes and adds that ‘there’s cer­tainly room for a few more se­ries’.

‘I’m thrilled be­cause Vic­to­ria is such a fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter,’ she says. ‘I’m ter­ri­fied, too, but I’ve opened my lap­top!

‘The sec­ond run will cover ex­cit­ing times for the young monarch, with lots of con­flict. She’ll be ne­go­ti­at­ing the very mod­ern chal­lenge of jug­gling an im­por­tant job and chil­dren. It’s a time of great political un­rest in Europe, too, and the Bri­tish Royal fam­ily were wor­ried about their po­si­tion.’

Tom Hughes will be back as Prince Al­bert but what of Vic­to­ria’s beloved Lord Mel­bourne (Ru­fus Sewell)? ‘Vic­to­ria did see him again and it would give me enor­mous plea­sure if there was an­other Lord M mo­ment in se­ries two…’ teases

Daisy. ‘I’ve got an ac­tor in mind for [her future Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin] Dis­raeli, but some­one like [no-non­sense manser­vant]

John Brown is a long way ahead.’

Be­fore that, Sun­day’s thrilling se­ries fi­nale sees Vic­to­ria face child­birth and an as­sas­si­na­tion bid – one of seven in her reign. ‘It’s dra­matic,’ says Daisy. ‘Giv­ing birth was dan­ger­ous and she hated be­ing preg­nant. There’s also an at­tempt on her life and there are many the­o­ries as to who’s be­hind it. One is that it’s the work of her schem­ing un­cle, Cum­ber­land [Peter Firth].’

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M for men­tor: ru­fus sewell

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