ITV finally gives ‘Victoria’ fans an update on Season 4

Victoria fans could be forgiven for assuming the show had been quietly cancelled.

ITV’s historical drama series about the early life of Queen Victoria launched in 2016, and the most recent episode aired almost two and a half years ago.

Since then, the cast have all moved on to other successful projects, and ITV has provided no suggestion that Victoria would be back for another season…

Until now!

British tabloid newspaper The Sun reported over the weekend that Victoria would not be returning due to falling audience figures for its most recent season.

While there is an element of truth regarding the show’s disappointing ratings in 2019, ITV’s response has given fans some reason to be hopeful.

The channel has issued a statement saying: “There are no plans presently to film Victoria, but that’s not to say we won’t revisit the series with the production team at a later date.”

While this might not sound like an answer that should have us jumping for joy, it does confirm that we’ve probably not seen the last of Victoria.

In fact, the statement ties in with what Victoria star Jenna Coleman has said previously announced about the show taking “a break”.

Part of the reason given for this is that Coleman is currently only 35 years old, and Queen Victoria lived to the age of 81!

The former Doctor Who star previously explained: “I’m waiting until I age a bit more. There’s too much of a good story [to stop making the show].”

Coleman added: “Effectively I could play this part until I am well into my 60s. But obviously, at the moment, there is only a certain age that I could take it up to – unless I am in prosthetics every day for hours on end. I am working it out.”

Given that the alternative is recasting all the main characters, as The Crown has now done twice, we’re happy to wait until Jenna’s ready.

Whenever it eventually arrives, it sounds like Season 4 is going to be emotional, with writer Daisy Goodwin hinting: “Somebody might die in it – spoiler!”

In the meantime, take a look at our list of the best period dramas about Queen Victoria.

Jenna Coleman will return to our screens soon in a new World War 2 drama set in Winston Churchill’s secret bunker.

Victoria is available on DVD on Amazon.