Victoria series 2: All you need to know about the ITV drama

The hit historical series is back for season two - find out everything you need to know about it here.

Jenna Coleman is donning her regal robes once more to resume the throne as Queen Victoria.

Season two of the hit ITV drama returns to our screens this autumn to pick up the gripping story of the monarch’s life.

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Get up to speed with everything you need to know about the new series.

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The Royal Court is delighted by the arrival of a healthy Prince of Wales, but Victoria finds herself paralysed by an inexplicable sorrow after a difficult birth, and is unable to bond with her son. 

Things are not made easier when tragic news arrives from Coburg and Albert is forced to depart for his childhood home – the first time Victoria and Albert have been apart since their   wedding. Whilst in Coburg, Albert learns a dark family secret which leaves him feeling lost as to his place in Palace. 

Meanwhile, a blunder by Skerrett threatens to put Francatelli in the firing line unless she exposes her deepest secret. Will she confess and risk losing her livelihood? A reluctant revelation from Drummond also threatens to end his tentative friendship with Lord Alfred.

When national duty calls, Victoria finds she cannot escape the responsibilities of being Queen regardless of whether or not Albert is standing behind her, and must draw on reserves of courage that she didn’t know she had. Will she in turn be able to reach Albert in his private torment?

Is Lord M really returning?

You heard correctly. Rufus Sewell's is back in episode 2 as the Queen's former Prime Minister and confidante, Lord Melbourne, a fan favourite character.

Speaking about his return, Sewell said: "One of the things that appealed about the role originally was that it was finite; a lovely contained story with a beginning middle and end.  I really didn't want Melbourne to be hanging around beyond the natural span of his story. All the same, I knew that if all went well, I’d probably regret leaving when it came to it and it turned out I was right. When the producers came to me with a way to bring him back in season two that was still true to the story, I was only too happy to come back.

 

"What wouldn't work is trying to repeat the situation and the dynamic that Lord M and Victoria had in series one, fun though it was to play.  That had to end and by the time Albert arrived Melbourne's role and the nature of his relationship with Victoria had changed as it should.  After that Melbourne, who had always been a very vital man, changed  and aging caught up with him relatively quickly so what was interesting was navigating his changed relationship with Victoria and also with Albert.  There had been a certain level of imagined antagonism to start off with but actually in reality they liked each rather a lot once the original suspicion went away so it was lovely to come back to work a little more with Tom Hughes."

What time is Victoria on?

The eight-part series began on ITV on Sunday 27th August at 9.05pm. It will continue on Sundays in the same timeslot throughout the autumn.

There will also be a two-hour Christmas special.

Never miss an episode on BT TV - watch the show on catch-up vua the ITV Hub app.

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What part of Queen Victoria’s life will we see this time?

Picking up just a month after the events of series one, viewers will be able to follow Victoria as she struggles to adjust to her life as a working mother.

But while Victoria may be finding it a challenge to combine being a parent with her duties as Queen, her husband Albert has troubles of his own.

He must find a valuable role for himself alongside his powerful wife, which will lead to some friction between the couple.

Photos taken from the set of series two have shown Victoria with another baby bump – and with nine children to get through, it’s no surprise that she will be pregnant again.

The continuing story is set during the 1840s when the royal couple’s family was growing, but it was also a time of unrest and saw Ireland suffer the potato blight which led to Victoria being dubbed the Famine Queen.

Series creator Daisy Goodwin said: “In series one Victoria married the handsome prince, but in this series she and Albert get down to the serious business of living happily, sometimes stormily, ever after.

“Victoria is the only Queen Regnant to marry and give birth while on the throne and the challenges of being head of state as well as a wife and mother are legion.

“In many ways Victoria’s dilemma is a modern one - how do you have a successful marriage and a happy family when you are holding down an important job. Can you really have it all?”

Who is in the cast for the second series?

Coleman returns as Victoria alongside Tom Hughes as her husband Albert.

Dame Diana Rigg is the big new signing this series. The veteran actress will be playing Victoria’s new Mistress of the Robes, the Duchess of Buccleuch.

Others joining the cast include Denis Lawson, Line Of Duty’s Martin Compston, Call The Midwife actress Emerald Fennell, and Spin star Bruno Wolkowitch.

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Fans will be pleased to see the return of Nigel Lindsay as Sir Robert Peel, Alex Jennings as King Leopold, Peter Bowles as the Duke of Wellington, David Oakes as Prince Ernest, Daniela Holtz as Baroness Lehzen, and Catherine Flemming as the Duchess of Kent.

Actors coming back to play palace staff include Nell Hudson as Nancy Skerrett, Ferdinand Kingsley as chef Francatelli, and Adrian Schiller as Penge.

Eagle-eyed viewers may also spot one of Coleman’s relatives if they look hard enough – she recently shared an Instagram snap of her on the set and in costume with her grandfather.

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What did I miss in the first series of Victoria?

The original series packed in three years of Victoria’s life, from her ascension to the throne in 1837 through to the birth of her first child in 1840.

Viewers saw Victoria and Albert’s romance develop following their arranged match, their wedding and the arrival of their first child, although it was not always the easiest of love stories.

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The queen’s close friendship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell) caused problems, as did Albert’s struggle to define himself in relation to his powerful wife – something that series two will explore further.

It also documented Victoria’s famous hatred of being pregnant and her conflicting feelings over becoming a mother, another theme that will grow as the drama returns.

Political themes in series one included Victoria sending the leaders of the Newport Rising to exile in Australia rather than giving them the death sentence, Albert making a successful speech against slavery, and the couple disagreeing on whether Albert should take on the development of Britain’s railways as a pet cause.

Watch the trailer for series 2:

 

In their own words

Jenna Coleman: "I think what I have grown most to love about her is her absolute candidness and frankness to say exactly what she thinks. Unapologetically so."

"As I feel I’ve got to know her more and more, I’ve found that she is so incredibly human; vital and full of secrets hidden behind misconceptions. The Victoria we explore this series is in her honeymoon period, which is interrupted by numerous pregnancies. She is hugely disappointed to be what she calls, ‘caught’.

“We see Victoria, as ever, deeply in love with Albert, learning to navigate her new life as a mother and keep her hands firmly on the crown, whilst ring true to her independent and stubborn nature. Such a balancing act leads to inevitable fireworks.”

Tom Hughes: "I think, naturally, the more time one spends in an environment the more at ease one feels within it. Or, the more one understands of it, at least. That is true of Albert, but circumstance has it that others may not be quite as comfortable with this growing stability and strident expression!"

"In my interpretation of Albert, there is a strident, inquisitive and at times restless nature within him. As such, I am not sure if he would ever truly feel as if he has finished striving.”

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