Though historical drama fans in the United States might have to wait a bit, their UK counterparts will be excited for the next big period drama to take over their TV. The upcoming eight-part miniseries “Victoria” follows the early life of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). The series also features Rufus Sewell (“The Illusionist”) as Lord Melbourne, Peter Firth (“Equus”) as the Duke of Cumberland, Paul Rhys (“Vincent and Theo”) as Sir John Conroy, and many more.
The series is created by Daisy Goodwin, who previously produced on such British programs as the UK version of “The Apprentice,” the reality show “How Clean Is Your House?” the five-part documentary “Jamie’s Kitchen,” and Sharon Horgan’s comedy series “Pulling.” Jenna Coleman is best known for her role as Clara Oswald on the British series “Doctor Who”; she also co-starred in the romantic drama “Me Before You” and had a small role in the Marvel film “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Meanwhile, Tom Hughes is known for his performances as Jonty Millingden in the drama “Trinity,” Chaz Jankel in the Ian Dury biopic “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” and Nick Slade in the Peter Moffat’s legal drama “Silk.”
“Victoria” will air in the UK on ITV in 2016, and in the United States in 2017 on PBS.