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