'Victoria' Promises to Be Your Next Historical Television Obsession

'Victoria' Promises to Be Your Next Historical Television Obsession

Time to fill that void left by The Crown.

Time to fill that void left by The Crown.

Text: Chelsea Douglas

Done binge-watching The Crown and looking to the fill the void in your television schedule? Fear not: Victoria, set to take over the Sunday time slot left by Downtown Abbey, premieres this weekend. The miniseries stars Jenna Coleman, fresh off two seasons alongside Peter Capaldi in BBC’s Doctor Who, and follows England’s Queen Victoria from the beginning of her reign, aged eighteen, all the way to her marriage to Prince Albert (played by Tom Hughes). The behind-the-scenes period drama loosely interprets Queen Victoria's real-life diary, as adapted by Daisy Goodwin from her novel Victoria: A Novel of a Young Queen.

The 19th-century drama also stars Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, England's prime minister, and Victoria's conflicted love interest. Despite the chaste reputation of Victoria's namesake era in English history, Coleman's youthful energy gives an emotionally vibrant take on Queen Victoria's multi-faceted personal and political life. At a time when women’s rights are under attack in many aspects of modern life, it’s all-the-more compelling to see another period drama centered around a woman in power.

Victoria begins airing on PBS this Sunday. Watch the trailer below.

Credits: Images courtesy of PBS.

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