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Victoria returns for a second season

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Oct 25, 2017 11:07 AM
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Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) returns for a new season as the young queen who wants it all--romance, power, an heir, and personal freedom--on the second season of Victoria on WITF.  This season will air in seven episodes created and scripted by bestselling novelist Daisy Goodwin (The Fortune Hunter) The new seasons premieres January 14, 2018. Watch a preview here...

Joining the cast in the new season is legendary actress Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones, The Avengers), who plays the Duchess of Buccleuch, the court's new Mistress of the Robes--a fount of old-fashioned good sense for the queen, who is now in the throes of motherhood.

Tom Hughes (Dancing on the Edge) stars as the queen's smoldering consort, Prince Albert. Also returning from last season are Nell Hudson (Outlander) as Nancy Skerrett, newly promoted to the queen's chief dresser, whose secrets are yet to be revealed, and Ferdinand Kingsley (Borgia) as Charles Francatelli, the royal chef whose love for Nancy was spurned at the end of Season 1.
Victoria's first season, focusing on the teenage queen's audacious upstaging of her handlers to chart her own path, delighted TV critics. The Hollywood Reporter called Victoria "thoroughly enjoyable and addictive." "Royally entertaining," proclaimed The San Francisco Chronicle, and "a sparkling gem," said The New York Post.

Also back are Adrian Schiller (Beauty and the Beast) as Penge, the irascible head steward at the palace; Daniela Holtz (The Forest for the Trees) as Baroness Lehzen, Victoria's devoted governess since birth; and David Oakes (The White Queen) as Prince Ernest, Albert's debauched older brother, who becomes Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on the death of their equally promiscuous father, played by Andrew Bicknell (The Royals).

Season 2 finds Victoria adapting to motherhood after the birth of her first child, a daughter (to the disappointment of many). Meanwhile, the disaster of the Anglo-Afghan War unfolds abroad, and the
catastrophic Irish potato famine begins to wreak havoc. In other foreign affairs, a royal state visit to France is in the offing.

Most intriguing to Prince Albert is the budding Industrial Revolution, which is now sweeping England. There is Charles Babbage's mechanical calculator, a collaborative project with the bewitching Ada Lovelace, daughter of the scandalous Lord Byron. Then there is William Fothergill Cooke's miraculous electrical telegraph, not to mention Marc Isambard Brunel's daring--and dangerous--Thames Tunnel. What an extraordinary time to be Queen!

The first season of Victoria will replay beginning December 17 on WITF leading up to the premiere of season 2 on January 14.  WITF Passport members can watch season 1 right now through WITF's website or the PBS App on your Roku, Apple TV, and smartphones.

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