Ascending to her throne once again, Clara Oswald herself Jenna Coleman will don the apparel of Queen Victoria for the second season of ITV’s hit drama Victoria.
The series, which begins later this month on August, 27th, will see Coleman reprise her role as the not-amused monarch alongside Tom Hughes (Cemetery Junction) who returns as her husband, Prince Albert. Writer Daisy Goodwin also returns to pen the scripts and serve as executive producer.
Speaking of what queenly goings-on we can expect this season Goodwin promises the big V will have “to juggle children with her husband and her job” as she discovers ‘it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth!’
Yes, it seems marital strife will be the theme of this new series which takes place six weeks after series one’s finale which was set during 1840. So that means we’re likely to see the birth of more royal sprogs – Queen Victoria famously hated being pregnant but gave birth a further five times after her first daughter was born, and then another three times during the next decade – and that’s not to mention the Potato Blight in Ireland during 1845, which caused the death of over a million people and led to Victoria being called The Famine Queen.Victoria donated thousands of pounds to the relief efforts and this is likely to be part of the continuing story line in series two.
Co-starring returning cast members David Oakes (Bonekickers) as Albert’s brother Prince Ernest, Nell Hudson (Outlander) as Victoria’s royal dresser Miss Skerrett, Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van) as King Leopold, Nigel Lindsay (Four Lions) as politician Sir Robert Peel and Daniela Holtz (The Forest for the Trees) as Baroness Lehzen will also be back for a second go-around – although there’s still no word as to whether Rufus Sewell (Dark City) will return as the ever-dependable Lord Melbourne.
Joining them will be Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones and of course the Series Seven episode The Crimson Horror) as the Queen’s Mistress of the Robes, the Duchess of Buccleuch, Martin Compston (Line Of Duty) as Dr Robert Traill and Denis Lawson (New Tricks), as the Duke of Atholl respectively.
Victoria Series 2 begins on ITV on Sunday 27th August at 9:05pm. The series will premiere on Masterpiece PBS on Sunday 14th January 2018.