Review: Victoria


The eight-episode run of Victoria just finished on ITV and I’m so glad it’s been renewed for a second season and a Christmas special, both due out in 2017.

rufus_sewell__ad_breaks_and_doctor_who_get_viewers_talking_as_itv_launches_new_period_drama_victoriaVictoria, starring Jenna Coleman (Doctor WhoDeath Comes to Pemberley) as the stoic monarch of the 1800s, is a dramatic look at the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Series 1 includes her transition from sheltered princess to teen queen, her close friendship and mentorship with the prime minister Lord Melbourne, her complicated relationship with her mother and her mother’s ally John Conroy and her courtship and marriage to Albert.

It’s a visually stunning and, from what I know of Victorian history, fairly accurate representation of the monarch and the time she lived in. Although Victorian fashion isn’t my favorite, the costumes in this series are exquisite. The acting is not overdone which is good since any sign of being dramatic in Victorian times was a one-way ticket to Bedlam.

107873862-victoria-large_transeo_i_u9apj8ruoebjoaht0k9u7hhrjvuo-zlengrumaThe show attempts to mimic Downton Abbey‘s upstairs/downstairs conflicts, including some developing relationships between staff members of Buckingham Palace, but I don’t think it accomplishes it as well as DA did. Honestly, I like the character of Miss Skerrett but I don’t think the show needs the added drama. In fact, I found the rivalry between Lehzen and Penge pretty annoying.

All in all, Victoria is a lovely series with sumptuous settings and costumes and features one of the only real romance stories in English history: Victoria and Albert.

Did you watch Victoria? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.

jillianne hamilton headshotJillianne Hamilton is an author, history enthusiast, book lover, and graphic designer. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. Her debut non-fiction book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast and is working on her debut historical fiction novel.
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  • Cathryn Smith

    The series Victoria was wonderful. I anxiously waited for Sunday evenings and believed it to be a fairly accurate story line. However is another season coming? Hope so! Thank you for for such enjoyable entertainment.

    • Jillianne

      Series 2 aired in August-October last year. Not sure when it will air in North America. Such a good show!


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