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Review of "Victoria" on Masterpiece Theater, on PBS
Premieres Sunday, January 15 at 8:00pm

This is a good miniseries. I think anyone who generally loves PBS's Masterpiece series will enjoy this. The acting is good, and it stars the winsome Jenna Coleman as the queen, among others.

It's kind of funny because when she was on "Doctor Who" playing Clara, a school teacher, I never thought she looked old enough to be a teacher. To me, she looked like she was in high school. Now, a few years later, she may look a little too old to play the teenaged queen. Fortunately, the series goes through her later years as well.

Rufus Sewell is excellent as her friend Lord Melbourne. Coleman is perfectly to play the headstrong young woman who wants to do everything her way and has a hard time accepting help from very many people.

The show is very accurate, from what I can tell (reading through Wikipedia).  I guess history buffs will be happy, too. Make sure you watch it because it's very entertaining and educational. I had no idea that Queen Victoria led such an interesting and long life.


"Doll 123" (Season 1 | Episode 1) Trailer
The story of Queen Victoria, who ascended to the throne at age 18 in 1837, begins with the young Victoria struggling to assert control amidst plots to manipulate her. Her friendship with the prime minister, meanwhile, leads to a crisis in Parliament.

Episode Two – "Brocket Hall" Sunday, January 22 at 9pm ET Facing rioters and suitors, Victoria grows into her royal role. As she ponders marriage, her friendship with Lord Melbourne grows more complex.

Episode Three – "The Clockwork Prince" Sunday, January 29 at 9pm ET Albert pays a visit against the queen’s wishes and meets royal disdain. Where could it possibly lead? Meanwhile, the mystery of Miss Skerrett’s past deepens.

Episode Four – "An Ordinary Woman" Sunday, February 5 at 9pm ET Courtship at court leads to second thoughts and other complications. Will Victoria and Albert take the fateful step into matrimony? And will the queen promise “to obey” her foreign prince?

Episode Five – "The Queen's Husband" Sunday, February 12 at 9pm ETAt loose ends in a foreign land, Albert finds a noble cause. Victoria gets her way at court and resorts to a folk cure in the bedroom. Francatelli does Miss Skerrett a favor—for a price.

Episode Six – "The Engine of Change" Sunday, February 19 at 9pm ET With a child on the way, Victoria must choose a regent in case she dies during childbirth. The Tory party disputes her choice, but she and Albert turn the tables with the aid of the latest in 19th century technology.

Episode Seven – "Young England" Sunday, March 5 at 9pm ET On the verge of delivering her first child, Victoria spurns advice and ventures among her subjects, attracting the devoted and demented alike. Miss Skerrett and Francatelli reach their decisive moment.

Victoria is a coproduction of Mammoth Screen and MASTERPIECE. It is created, written and executive produced by Daisy Goodwin. The director is Tom Vaughn (He Knew He Was Right). The directors are Sandra Goldbacher and Olly Blackburn. The producer is Paul Frift (Restless). The executive producers are Dan McCulloch and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE, presented by WGBH Boston. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. About MASTERPIECE The top-rated primetime show on PBS, MASTERPIECE is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. MASTERPIECE is known for presenting iconic shows such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga, Poldark, Sherlock and Downton Abbey.

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