Victoria comes to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image and become grandmother of Europe’. The first series of Victoria, will tell the story of the first years of the reign, beginning with the moment of the Queen’s accession in 1837, following her first faltering steps from capricious, hormonal teenager with a weak grasp on her duties and responsibilities to her marriage to Albert. The show is a saga of interlocking circles the circuits of power in Buckingham Palace and Westminster, the intermarrying royal houses of Europe and the scandals of the below-stairs palace staff. At the centre stands the new Queen a spirited, passionate woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon of stability and strength.
Show starting on 2016-08-28
Episode: Entente Cordiale
In this episode:
Concerned that the pending marriage of King Louis Philippe of France’s son to the Spanish Queen will form a dangerous alliance, Victoria sets sail on her first voyage to the continent in an attempt to deter the wily French King.
Accompanied by royals and servants alike, Victoria quickly realises that she will need to have her wits about her if she is to make the charming – but not altogether trustworthy – Louis Philippe take her seriously as a Queen.
Turning to Albert for support, she finds him distant. Unknown to her, he’s still reeling from the traumatic revelation about his parentage, and driven to despair by the debauchery and scandal of the French Court.
Left to take on Louis Philippe alone, does Victoria have what it takes as an international leader to finally outsmart him? And will Albert overcome his horror at the decadence around him, and learn to trust Victoria with his secrets?
Aired on: 2017-09-24