I was so excited when TV announced that they would be releasing an 8-episode series all about Queen Victoria! I studied her at school and loved her!
It wasn’t just my interest in Queen Victoria that drawn me to the series, but also the lovely Jenna Coleman, who play the companion Clara Oswald on Doctor Who!
From what I have understood, people are comparing it to “Downton Abbey” and not just for the upstairs/downstairs vibe, but also because of the huge budget that was spent of the show.
The show is utterly british, with the dark and depressing atmosphere but right from the very first minutes, the show immediately captures the audience.
First of all, if you aren’t very familiar with british history, be prepared to press pause and google almost every character (except the Queen) that come up on the screen. Nevertheless, don’t let this stop you from watching it.
To summon everything up, when the King dies, Alexandrina Victoria suddenly become queen at the tender age of 18. Up until then, she had lived away from everything and everyone. She was being protected by her trick german mother (played by Catherine H. Flemming) who created the “Kensington System”. Alexandrina even had to sleep in the same room as her mother and couldn’t go anywhere alone. She HAD to be accompanied by someone at ALL times.
So, as soon as she became Queen she changed her name to Victoria and distanced herself from her mother’s guidance.
Victoria also became friends with the Prime Minister Lord William Lamb II, Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell). And let’s just say that he melted some british hearts…
He quickly became her private secretary, a position that will be taken over by Prince Albert in later years.
Also, there were rumor of the Queen having an affair with the Prime Minister. In fact, you can actually you can see some tension between them, but of course nothing happens.
Another kind of tension is the one between Victoria and Sir John Conroy (Paul Rhys). He wanted to control her and rumor has it that he had an affair with Victoria’s mother.
Very important, is also scandal around Lady Flora (Alice Orr-Ewing), her mother’s maid. The Queen was convinced that she was pregnant and that the father was Sir Conroy.
But it turned out to be liver tumor and Victoria embarrassed not only herself but also Lady Flora.
The fact that she was so young made it very difficult for people to trust her. This was one of the main problems that she had to face after becoming the Queen. That, and being too short. 🙂
In the downstairs part, in perfect Downton Abbey style, they went against each other for CANDLES. CANDLES, PEOPLE!! But I love it so much. Can’t wait to see what they are going to argue about next episode! I feel like I’m back in the kitchen with Mrs Patmore, Daisy and Thomas.
I love the costumes, the set design and basically everything about it.
The only thing that made me cringe, was the CGI screen. You could see from miles away that it was (pardon my French) bullshit. It’s a tiny yet noticeable detail on an amazing and almost perfectly made tv series.
Let me know if you have seen it and if you liked Jenna Coleman performance. In my opinion, she was fantastic. ❤
Have a nice day,