We’ve got another clip from Victoria, the new TV drama that sees one-time TARDIS-traveller Jenna Coleman go back in time again to play a young Queen Victoria.
It doesn’t air in the U.S. until 2017, but publicity is ramping up across the pond ahead of its premiere in just over a week.
The 80-second clip shows 18-year-old Victoria—or Princess Alexandrina Victoria as she was then—wake up to discover her uncle is dead. That would be bad enough, but Alexandrina’s uncle is King William IV, and his lack of any surviving legitimate children means she is next in line to the British throne and therefore queen.
Talk about a harsh wake-up call. That’s two bits of major news, and she’s not even had a cup of tea yet. Here’s Jenna:
It’s a pretty accurate account of a moment famously recorded by the new queen in her journal and recently made available online:
“I was awoke at 6 o’clock by Mamma, who told me the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting-room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen.”
Okay, so there’s no mention of her faithful spaniel Dash, but we’re sure he was there too.
With a support cast featuring Rufus Sewell and Torchwood‘s Eve Myles, the eight-episode series will span the years from Victoria’s coronation through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, who’s played by Tom Hughes, an actor whose recent performance in The Game drew comparisons with one Benedict Cumberbatch.
Another reason to watch, if any more were needed. Victoria starts airing in the U.S. on January 15, 2017 on PBS.Read More