Victoria, the highly anticipated new drama series about the epic life of Queen Victoria, will air on Masterpiece on WITF in 2017 in the Sunday night time slot which Downton Abbey has occupied for six years. Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young Victoria, a tiny (4' 11"), neglected teenager who overnight became Queen and eventually the most powerful woman in the world.
In an announcement at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said: "Downton Abbey has proved that millions of viewers will turn up year after year for a beautifully-crafted period drama. Victoria has it all: a riveting script, brilliant cast, and spectacular locations. And it's a true story! This is exactly the kind of programming Masterpiece fans will love."
Victoria is a coproduction with Mammoth Screen, producers of high profile recurring dramas such as Poldark and Endeavour, for ITV and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios
Global Entertainment. It is created and written by best-selling novelist Daisy Goodwin (The American Heiress) in her screenwriting debut. Ms. Goodwin read through 62 million words
of Victoria's diaries, which vividly portray her astonishing transformation from rebellious teenager to Queen.
The eight-part drama follows Victoria from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18, through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Famous for her candor and spirit, she
was the first woman who seemed to have it all: a passionate marriage, nine children, and the job of being Queen of the world's most important nation. Victoria's often tumultuous reign lasted
for 63 years; she was England's longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II in September, 2015.
Tune in for Victoria on Masterpiece on WITF in early 2017.
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