PBS Summer Showcase 2018: Victoria

Masterpiece: ‘Victoria

If you’ve been following Jenna Coleman as the young queen Victoria, you’ll know that she has a strong but complicated relationship with Prince Albert. Season 3, takes place in 1848. She had been married to Albert since 1840.

French King Louis Philippe (Bruno Wolkowitch) was deposed and ended up in exile in England. Victoria was pregnant with Louise, her sixth child (she would have nine, ending with Beatric in 1857). Although her childhood governess, Baroness Louise Lehzen (Daniela Holtz), has already been pensioned off, her older half sister, Feodora  (Kate Fleetwood) joins Victoria’s household.

According to Daisy Goodwin, the creator of the series, this is the time that Britain was closest to having a revolution in the 19th Century. “Victoria just wants the love of her people, sort of like a child star,” but Albert “thinks the point of monarchy is not to just be popular, but to get people what they need.”

Prince Albert will begin planning what will become the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, that would be help from 1 May to 15 October 1951. Originally, the intent was to show off British accomplishments, but exhibition did more than that and would have 25 countries participating.

“Albert, in particular, is revered because he was so perceptive about what the royal family needed to do,” Goodwin said. Victoria also showed that a woman could be the head of state and produce children. She changed people’s perception of women, but she also begins her rule with power and the monarchy not being so popular. “At the end of her reign, it doesn’t have power but it certainly loved.”

Victoria” then follows the royal romance of Victoria and Albert and the courtship between the first “media monarch” with her subjects. Fans of “Victoria” will have to wait until January 2019.

Fans of “Poldark” won’t have to wait. Season 3 begins on 19 August 2018 and Ross will sell his soul and become a politician while dealing with the repercussions of infidelity. Season 3 of “The Durrells in Corfu” begins on 30 September 2018 and offers new romances, old flames, a trip to England, and, of course, all sorts of misadventures.

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