Come January 2017, Downton Abbey fans who will still be in denial over the end of the most-watched drama in PBS’ history will be saying ‘all hail Victoria’ when PBS premieres Victoria as part of the Masterpiece series. Jenna Coleman, who has spent the last several years jetting around the galaxy in a blue police box that’s bigger on the inside in Doctor Who, stars as the young Queen Victoria, a neglected teenager who became Queen and eventually the most powerful woman in the world.
In addition to Coleman, Victoria also stars Tom Hughes (The Game, Dancing on the Edge, Silk), as Prince Albert, Rufus Sewell (Zen, Parade’s End, The Man in the High Castle) as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister, Peter Firth (Spooks) as the Queen’s conniving uncle the Duke of Cumberland, Eve Myles (Torchwood, Frankie, Broadchurch) as her senior dresser, and Nell Hudson (Outlander, Call the Midwife) as a mysterious new member of the household.
The eight-part drama follows her 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, and for having had nine children, Victoria reigned 63 years, which made her England’s longest-serving monarch, until she got beat out by Elizabeth II in September 2015.
“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,” said Masterpiece executive producer, Rebecca Eaton at the Television Critics Association (TCA) earlier this year.
Victoria premieres this Fall on ITV and January 2017 on PBS’ Masterpiece.