Actress Jenna Coleman’s Clara, the cheery and sweet companion on BBC’s Doctor Who, moves on this year as a new companion joins the series in her place. But Coleman is already off to new things, and first up is portraying young Queen Victoria in a new BBC series beginning tonight on PBS’s Masterpiece. Victoria is a large-scale costume drama focusing on 18-year-old Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent and from her rise in power through her marriage to Prince Albert. It includes an extensive romance thread–the unrequited love between Victoria and Lord Melbourne, played by Rufus Sewell.
Coleman’s Queen Victoria is both strong and passionate, and Melbourne as played by Sewell–known for countless roles in productions including Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Zen, Eleventh Hour, The Legend of Zorro, Pillars of the Earth, A Knight’s Tale, Dark City, and most recently, Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle–exhibits those good qualities and the more frustrating bits found in Jane Austen’s Lord Darcy from Pride & Prejudice.
The costumes, props of royalty, location filming, and production sets are not surprisingly lavish. Victoria has the hallmarks of another successful BBC/PBS series, taking on the popular Downton Abbey timeslot. Episode One tonight is 120 minutes, and the first season of the series continues for seven episodes this year.
Here are previews for BBC’s new series Victoria:
Other cast members include Eve Myles (Torchwood), Peter Firth (The Hunt for Red October), Tom Hughes, and Paul Rhys (Vincent and Theo, From Hell).
Watch Jenna Coleman in Victoria tonight, January 16, 2017, at 8 p.m. Central on PBS’s Masterpiece.