The creator of Victoria has been chatting about the impending fate of Prince Albert.
New episodes of the period drama series began filming this summer, with Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Tom Hughes (The Game) both reprising their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Season 3’s story picks up in 1848 and history buffs will know that Prince Albert died at the age of only 42 in December 1861.
He was diagnosed with typhoid fever, but modern historians believe the cause of death may in fact have been Crohn’s disease, renal failure or abdominal cancer.
Victoria writer and showrunner Daisy Goodwin has addressed fans’ concerns that Albert’s death will feature in the upcoming third season.
Speaking at TCA, she reassured viewers: “I think we can safely say we’re not going to lose Albert in this [season].”
Discussing the secret to Victoria and Albert’s marriage, Goodwin joked: “You could say he died at 42, so there was no time for the rot to set in!”
She added: “I think Victoria just fancied the pants off him, as they say in England.”
Season 3 begins in the USA on Sunday 13th January 2019 on Masterpiece on PBS and is expected to air in the UK this autumn on ITV.
New additions to the cast will include Lewis star Laurence Fox as Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston and Kate Fleetwood (Harlots) as Victoria’s mysterious sister Feodora.
The first season of Victoria is available to buy on DVD here.
Jenna Coleman, who plays Queen Victoria, is currently starring in BBC One’s new psychological thriller The Cry on Sunday nights in the UK.