ITV has recommissioned critically acclaimed period drama Victoria starring Jenna Coleman.

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria for ITV

 “Mammoth and Daisy Goodwin have brought the characters so vividly to life in this series, and we’re thrilled with the reception for Victoria. We’re pleased to be able to confirm that Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will return to continue the story on ITV.” – ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo

In the first series we’ve seen Victoria come to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism. The first series, written by Daisy Goodwin and produced by Mammoth Screen, shares 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.

The first series starred Jenna as the young Queen alongside Tom Hughes as Prince Albert. It launched at the end of August and has been a huge ratings success, with the series averaging 7.7 million viewers and 29.7% share of viewing, based on consolidated overnights. This makes it the top rated ITV drama of the year so far.

“Even though she reigned in the 19th Century, Victoria is a heroine for our times. In the next series she faces the very modern dilemma of how to juggle children with her husband and her job. As Victoria will discover, it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth!” – Daisy Goodwin

In episode six, which airs this coming Sunday (25th September at 9pm on ITV, UTV and STV), Albert feels worthless and matters are made worse when the Duke of Sussex refuses to let him take precedence at dinner. Whilst a dejected Albert hopes that an heir might garner more respect, Victoria is determined to outmanoeuvre Sussex and give Albert the esteem he deserves. Below stairs, the servants gossip over when to expect the first Royal baby and Skerrett faces a dilemma when the only person who can save her cousin and small child from imminent death is the person she trusts the least – Francatelli.

Meanwhile Betway are as sure as 4/6 that Victoria will reign supreme in the viewership battle with Poldark this Sunday. Aidan Turner and Poldark attracted just 4.9million viewers compared to Victoria’s 5.4m last weekend and the betting suggests the ITV show will overshadow the BBC’s ratings again. It’s 11/10 for smuggling Poldark to come out on top when both shows air at 9pm on Sunday night.

“Last weekend Victoria took the Sunday night viewership crown with 5.4 million people tuning in and, at 4/6, the betting suggests she’ll be more popular than Poldark again. Aidan Turner has his fans and Poldark’s viewership is unlike to waver too much. But as Victoria reaches its climax with just three shows left, we could even see figures rise above the 6 million mark.” – Betway’s Alan Alger

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