Produced by leading drama indie Mammoth Screen as a co-production with MASTERPIECE and created by writer and producer Daisy Goodwin, the recommission follows the huge success of the lavish drama’s first two series, which followed Victoria from her accession to the throne to her marriage to Prince Albert.
The new series will see critically-acclaimed actress Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) reprise her role as the young Queen, alongside Tom Hughes (Paula) as Prince Albert, exploring the next chapter in the monarch’s eventful life.
Praised for its opulent production values and sensitive handling of subject matter including postnatal depression and the Irish potato famine, the second series proved immensely popular with viewers and critics alike. It attracted a consolidated average of 6.4 million viewers and a 25% share, proving to be ITV’s best returning Sunday 9pm drama of the year.
The series has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who said: “We’re delighted that the nation has taken Victoria to its hearts. Filled with romance, political crises and family drama, Daisy Goodwin’s scripts bring this fascinating part of history to life so vividly and we look forward to regaling audiences with the next part of the illustrious Queen’s reign.”
Managing Director of Mammoth Screen, Damien Timmer, added: “Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes shine as Victoria and Albert and it’s an honour to have them back for a third series, which covers a tumultuous period in our country’s history, filled to the brim with royal scandals, political skirmishes and constitutional crises, as new historical figures enter the saga to challenge Victoria and Albert as never before.”
“Series three will start in 1848 which was a hugely dramatic and eventful time for both the royal family and Europe, with revolutions on the continent and uncertainty around the monarchy. Viewers can expect more drama than ever before in the third series.”
Daisy Goodwin , Creator
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