‘Victoria’ star joins BBC Two’s new revenge drama ‘Paula’

Olivier-award winning actress Denise Gough and Victoria star Tom Hughes will lead the cast of BBC Two’s Paula. The new three-part revenge drama about a brief encounter that ends in violence is written by Conor McPherson, in his first original television series. Directed by Alex Holmes (Coalition, House of Saddam), Paula begins filming in Belfast next month. Writer … >

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‘Victoria’ Episode 6 review: ‘The Queen’s Husband’

If there’s anything that goes to show quite nicely that politics are a load of old nonsense, it’s that in this episode of Victoria, a good deal of fuss is kicked up over who gets to walk into a dinner party first. As if there aren’t more pressing matters to concern oneself with, such as … >

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Jenna Coleman’s ‘Victoria’ will return for a second season

ITV has ordered a second season of Victoria. Starring Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as the young Queen alongside Tom Hughes (The Game) as Prince Albert, the period drama launched last month. The eight-part first season has so far averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 29.7% share of viewing, based on consolidated overnights, making it the top rated ITV drama of … >

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‘Victoria’ Episode 5 review: ‘An Ordinary Woman’

Frustrating relatives continue to frustrate this week in the wonderful world of Victoria, coupled with the usual condescending attitudes of all and sundry, and added political nonsense. Oh, how it makes one grateful just to have met a friend of a friend with a kind smile and married them with no interference from anyone at … >

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‘Victoria’ Episode 4 review: ‘The Clockwork Prince’

I kind of wish the writers of Victoria weren’t so keen to remind us at every turn that the queen and the insufferable Albert (Tom Hughes) are cousins. We get it; they didn’t think it was weird back then. But it’s creepy. So creepy. Historical fact be damned, Vic, don’t marry that dude! He’s your … >

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‘Victoria’ Episode 3 review: Way to break my heart, historical fact

I feel for the young Victoria, for I, too, am short.  It really is something how much condescension one must endure simply for being a woman of non-statuesque proportions. I’m waiting for her to respond to someone like Uncle Leopold with a stern-voiced “with all due respect, sir, need I remind you who’s queen?” and … >

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‘Victoria’ review: Episode 2 is a joy to watch

I don’t envy our hero in this second episode of ITV’s Victoria, surrounded by unpleasant losers who all want her job, and who think they can exploit her because she’s wee. But if history is anything to go by, she’ll show them. A very exciting development, however, is the installation of gas in the palace – … >

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9 new pics from Jenna Coleman’s epic Queen Victoria drama

A set of new promotional photos have been unveiled for ITV’s Victoria, featuring former Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman. The eight-part period drama, from the makers of Poldark, follows Queen Victoria (Coleman) from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years. Rufus Sewell … >

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US start date confirmed for Jenna Coleman’s ‘Victoria’ series

PBS has announced the start date for Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman’s epic new Victoria drama in the US. From the makers of Poldark, the eight-part series follows Queen Victoria (Coleman) from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria will premiere on Sunday 15 January … >

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