Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert are looking a bit pensive in this newly released picture from the long-awaited return of series 2 of Victoria. Series Executive Producer and co-writer, Daisy Goodwin, is someone who probably knows why as she hints that the course of true love ‘…does not run smooth‘ for Victoria and Albert in the forthcoming series which premieres this Autumn on ITV in the U.K. and in January 2018 on PBS in America.
The first video sneak peek released earlier sees the Queen and her husband at the baptism of their baby daughter, who was born in the series one finale. Given Queen Victoria’s famous distaste for motherhood, the newest cast addition will, no doubt, serve as a rather interesting backdrop to a young queen who will struggle with her new maternal responsibilities, while Albert takes to fatherhood like he’s been there before.
The newest, ‘young Victoria’ would eventually go on to become the German Empress and Queen of Prussia. Victoria’s distaste for motherhood is pretty clear in the clip as she tries to explain to her husband why she’s not too thrilled to be pregnant again almost immediately after giving birth saying, “I didn’t spend all those years in Kensington shut up in a nursery only to be confined into another one.”
Denis Lawson, best known the world over for his impressive array of roles, including the iconic X-Wing pilot Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars franchise, and as the mild-mannered Jarndyce in the BBC’s Charles Dickens adaptation Bleak House, has joined the cast of Victoria for series 2. Looking quite a bit different than his most recent role that would be familiar to PBS audiences, DI Steve McAndrew in New Tricks, Lawson was spotted in scenes filmed at historic landmark, Blair Castle, in Perthshire earlier this Summer.
In addition to Lawson, also added to the cast for series 2 will be Dame Diana Rigg and Martin Compston (Line of Duty). Fans of the series are still holding out hope that Rufus Sewell will make a historically inaccurate return to the series. Remember that while ‘Lord M’ backed off from his role as political mentor to Queen Victoria once she started to fall for Prince Albert, he was still Prime Minister until 1841.
Victoria is due to return to ITV in the autumn, with a 2-hour Christmas special following in December, while PBS will premiere in January 2018.