The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

WE’VE jumped to 1848 in this third in­stal­ment of the lav­ish drama. It’s a tur­bu­lent and un­cer­tain time for both Europe and the monar­chy. This first episode opens in France with the roy­als beat­ing a hasty re­treat, grab­bing what sil­ver­ware they can, as rev­o­lu­tion comes knock­ing once again at the palace doors. King Louis Philippe must dis­guise him­self to es­cape. And the dis­guise is very good (he looks noth­ing like he did last sea­son – and that’s be­cause a new ac­tor is play­ing him). Be­fore he es­capes through a tun­nel be­neath the palace, he dis­patches his courier to Eng­land with a let­ter for the Queen – a re­quest for refuge. Back on the home front, Victo­ria (the mag­nif­i­cent Jenna Cole­man) and Al­bert (Tom Hughes) have added an­other two chil­dren to their royal brood, and a sixth is on its way. Now the old­est ones, Victo­ria and Ber­tie, can speak, they’ve cer­tainly got a lot to say. Sib­ling ri­valry is al­ready brew­ing. Vicky sees mum’s crown sit­ting on her dress­ing table and asks to try it on. The Queen en­cour­ages Ber­tie to try it on too, but he protests, “crowns are for girls!” At least these days, first-born Vicky would have in­deed in­her­ited the throne be­fore him. (Fun fact: Victo­ria and Al­bert had nine chil­dren in all, but did you know there are now 1167 di­rect de­scen­dants of that line?) There’s also a long-lost sis­ter and a new For­eign Sec­re­tary in the wom­an­is­ing and rather ne­far­i­ous Lord Palmer­ston (Lau­rence Fox).

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