The creator of Victoria has revealed some new details about the upcoming third season.
Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Tom Hughes (The Game) started filming eight new episodes of the period drama series in May, returning to the roles of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Season 3 will introduce several new cast members, including Laurence Fox (Lewis) as Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston, John Sessions (The Loch) as Prime Minister John Russell and Lily Travers (Kingsman) as the Duchess of Monmouth.
Speaking at TCA this summer, Victoria writer and showrunner Daisy Goodwin gave some new hints about to expect in the new season: “It starts in 1848. It’s the closest Britain got to a revolution in the 19th century.
“The whole of Europe is falling apart. The French king has been thrown off the throne….there are riots in Berlin and Victoria and Albert are terrified.”
She added: “It’s a really interesting time because Victoria just wants the love of her people.
“She’s almost like a child star who’s grown up with this affection and love, and when it’s withdrawn she’s empty and she doesn’t know what she’s for.
“But Albert thinks to be monarch is not necessarily to give people what they want, but what they need.”
Goodwin also teased the arrival of Harlots actress Kate Fleetwood as Victoria’s sister Feodora, who visits following her reluctant marriage to a penniless German prince.
She said: “Most people don’t know that Victoria had a sister.
“There she is, living in a crumbly, draughty castle in the middle of Germany and she’s having a miserable time. And there’s Victoria being Queen of England. It doesn’t go down so well!”
Season 3 is expected to air in the UK this autumn on ITV and will premiere in the USA on Sunday 13th January 2019 on Masterpiece on PBS.
The first season of Victoria is available to buy on DVD here.
The final episode of Jenna Coleman’s new psychological thriller The Cry airs at 9pm this Sunday on BBC One in the UK.