Jenna Cole­man tells us about the se­cond se­ries of Vic­to­ria

Jenna Cole­man on the chal­lenges ahead for new mum Queen Vic­to­ria as the hit ITV royal drama re­turns for a se­cond se­ries…

TV Times - - Contents - Vic­to­ria sun­day / ITV / 9.05Pm Sarah Sel­wood

Deep in­side Ripon Cathe­dral in North York­shire, TV Times is stand­ing in an aisle when Queen Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert walk over to greet us.

‘I thought I’d come over to say, “Hello”,’ says Prince Al­bert, look­ing dash­ing in a red waist­coat and black over­coat. ‘Nice to meet you,’ smiles Her Majesty, rock­ing a mint-green-and-pur­ple gown paired with a cream blazer and fetch­ing pur­ple bon­net.

We have been trans­ported back to the 19th Cen­tury to watch Jenna Cole­man and Tom Hughes film­ing scenes for the much-awaited se­cond se­ries of hit ITV royal drama Vic­to­ria.

The ac­tion picks up one month af­ter the se­ries one fi­nale, which saw Vic­to­ria give birth to the cou­ple’s first child, and we now fol­low the Queen as she jug­gles her role as a mother with her royal du­ties.

To­day, beau­ti­ful Ripon Cathe­dral is dou­bling as West­min­ster Abbey for a scene later on in the eight-part se­ries, but the venue is also used in this week’s open­ing episode as the back­drop for their daugh­ter Vic­to­ria’s chris­ten­ing. Here, Jenna, 31, tells us what’s in store…

Where do we find Vic­to­ria at the start of this se­ries?

She has been in con­fine­ment since the birth of her child. Vic­to­ria’s been told she can’t do any­thing for her­self, so she’s not in the best of tem­pers! Al­bert has taken over while she has been away, leav­ing Vic­to­ria feel­ing very threat­ened.

When Vic­to­ria re­turns to work, Prince Al­bert has trou­ble find­ing a role for him­self and a power strug­gle plays out be­tween them. Tell us more… Vic­to­ria is in her hon­ey­moon pe­riod, which is in­ter­rupted by nu­mer­ous preg­nan­cies. She’s disappointed to be what she calls ‘caught’. We see her learn­ing to nav­i­gate her new life as a mother while keep­ing her hands firmly on the crown and stay­ing true to her in­de­pen­dent, stub­born na­ture.

How does she ap­proach moth­er­hood? She wrote in her diary that be­ing preg­nant ‘is the ONLY thing I dread’, but she does love her chil­dren. There is a mis­con­cep­tion that she wasn’t very ten­der to­wards them, but it was just that be­ing preg­nant was a great mis­ery for her. She was the first fe­male monarch to have sur­viv­ing chil­dren, and to man­age nine, a hus­band, and be­ing Queen, is a re­mark­able feat.

How does Vic­to­ria re­act when she dis­cov­ers she’s preg­nant again?

It’s a dev­as­tat­ing blow and we deal with Vic­to­ria’s in­abil­ity to bond with the se­cond baby, which may have been caused by un­di­ag­nosed post­na­tal de­pres­sion.

We see Vic­to­ria re­treat into her­self.

How would you de­scribe

Vic­to­ria’s re­la­tion­ship with Al­bert? They’re com­plete op­po­sites and on pa­per it should never work. In him, you have a log­i­cal, sci­en­tific, math­e­mat­i­cal mind; he’s a ra­tio­nal and sen­si­tive man. Then there’s Vic­to­ria, who is self­ish, im­pul­sive, ro­man­tic and pas­sion­ate.

It’s un­usual be­cause there aren’t many mar­riages which hold such in­ten­sity and are un­der such pub­lic scru­tiny.

How was film­ing with the lit­tle ones who play Vic­to­ria and

Al­bert’s chil­dren?

The hard­est thing dur­ing this se­ries is learn­ing how to do a scene with three chil­dren! I’ve not de­vel­oped that multi-task­ing func­tion yet; maybe it comes with real moth­er­hood!

Finally, what do you love most about play­ing this role?

Vic­to­ria’s ab­so­lute can­did­ness in say­ing ex­actly what she thinks.

The royal cou­ple at the chris­ten­ing of their first child

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