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Victoria: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Strong performances by Jenna Coleman and Rufus Sewell hint at Downton-esque potential for Victoria, but the narrative falls just shy of that soapy mark.


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It's not easy being queen, as young Victoria (Jenna Coleman) quickly learns upon her ascension, at the age of 18, to the throne of England following the death of her uncle in 1837. First, she has to stand up to her mother (Catherine Flemming) and Sir John Conroy (Paul Rhys. Then, she upsets her subjects when they learn that she spread an ugly rumor about her mother's lady-in-waiting. As the season progresses, she also helps usher in a new government after the sitting prime minister resigns; defends her ladies in waiting; and, at the behest of her mother and Sir John, begins a search for a husband. Her selection, however, doesn't sit well with Parliament; and her choice has doubts of his own, as well, due to the financial arrangement she offers him. Marriage, pregnancy and more political clashes follow--as does the unthinkable: an assassination attempt.


Rufus Sewell
as Lord Melbourne
Peter Firth
as Duke of Cumberland
Catherine H. Flemming
as Duchess of Kent
Daniela Holtz
as Baroness Louise Lehzen
Ferdinand Kingsley
as Charles Francatelli
Tom Hughes
as Prince Albert
Nigel Lindsay
as Sir Robert Peel
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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13)

Victoria was written and "created" by Daisy Goodwin, and although her dialogue offends me less than Julian Fellowes's, there is still something irritatingly wishful about the way she has organised her narrative.

December 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Coleman totally convinced as the pint-sized powerhouse, conveying Victoria's girlish volubility, vulnerability and iron will all at once.

December 5, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sumptuous production - some historic liberties taken - and Coleman is terrific.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Coleman, fitted with blue contact lenses that make her eyes pop (in a good way), makes an enchanting young queen, and Sewell gives off more heat than any prime minister has a right to.

January 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Coleman and Hughes make a captivating team. The passion invigorates a production too often fixated on pageantry and parties.

January 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Heavy on romance and intrigue, light on political history.

November 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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