Mark your calendars: here’s the PBS 2016 fall schedule for period films!
A few highlights: MASTERPIECE enhances PBS’ Sunday night drama block with the September 11 debut of CHURCHILL’S SECRET, with Emmy® Award-winner Michael Gambon as Winston Churchill in an all-star production based on a little-known incident in Churchill’s illustrious life.
Following CHURCHILL’S SECRET on September 11 is INDIAN SUMMERS, set during the tumultuous period of British Colonialism in the 1930s. Rachel Griffiths and Art Malik join Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, and Nikesh Patel for Season 2 of the picturesque series.
POLDARK, starring Aidan Turner in a love story set in windswept Cornwall in the late 1700s, returns for a second highly-anticipated season on September 25th with a 2hr premiere at 8/7c on MASTERPIECE on PBS!
THE DURRELLS has been added to the Fall 2016 line-up!
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, a new feature film starring Martin Sheen and based on the iconic book by L.M. Montgomery, will air on Thanksgiving night, November 24.
There are details on the costume dramas and more period-related shows, below, with premiere / return dates. Ready? Here we go!
SEPTEMBER ON PBS:
CHURCHILL’S SECRET ON MASTERPIECE – Michael Gambon (The Singing Detective, Harry Potter) stars as Winston Churchill in this dramatization of Churchill’s life-threatening stroke in the summer of 1953, when he was prime minister for the second time. His illness and battle to recover were kept secret from the world. Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) plays Churchill’s wife Clementine, and Romola Garai (The Hour) is the remarkable young nurse who cared for him. Sunday, September 11, 8-10 pm ET
INDIAN SUMMERS ON MASTERPIECE – It’s 1935 in Simla—an Indian retreat for British colonials set in the Himalayas. An assassination attempt on the Viceroy Lord Willingdon (Patrick Malahide), and the surprise arrival of Lord Hawthorne (James Fleet, Outlander), puts Ralph’s (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) future in the balance. Meanwhile, Cynthia’s (Julie Walters) Royal Simla Club plays host to an important royal guest, the Maharaja Maritpur (Art Malik, Upstairs Downstairs) and his elegant and mysterious mistress Sirene (Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters). Sundays, September 11-November 20, 10-11 p.m. ET
DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR – With narration taken completely from the couple’s journals, this documentary, co-directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, tells the previously untold story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish to boldly commit to a life-threatening mission to save imperiled Jews and refugees in Nazi-occupied Europe. Tuesday, September 20, 9-10:30 p.m. ET
ROYAL WIVES AT WAR – A revealing new look at the British abdication crisis of 1936 through the eyes of the two women at its heart. In a series of dramatized monologues set in 1967, Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson look back at the dramatic events that led to Edward VIII’s decision to give up the throne for the woman he loved. This BBC co-production stars Emma Davies as Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Gina McKee as Wallis Simpson; Nick Waring as David, Edward VIII; Emma Campbell-Jones as Thelma Furness; John Sackville as Bertie, George VI; and Henry Luxemburg as The Butler. Sunday, September 18, 8-9 p.m. ET
POLDARK ON MASTERPIECE– Fall 2016 also brings the highly–anticipated return of “Poldark” on MASTERPIECE (date TBA), whose Season 2 continues the story of Captain Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) in a love story set in windswept Cornwall of the late 1700s. The very good news is that the BBC has confirmed that Poldark will return for a third series, covering the fifth and six novels! The ten-part second series is set to return to BBC One in September, and the third series will begin filming around the same time. Poldark Season 2 begins 9/25 with a 2hr premiere at 8/7c on MASTERPIECE on PBS!
OCTOBER ON PBS:
TESLA: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century. Although eclipsed in fame by Edison and Marconi, it was Tesla’s vision that paved the way for today’s wireless world. Tuesday, October 18, 9-10 p.m. ET
GREAT PERFORMANCES “Hamilton’s America” – The feature film documentary Hamilton’s America brings history to vivid life through the contemporary perspective of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary hip-hop musical,Hamilton. The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, in which Hamilton was killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr, but his immeasurable contributions to modern society have largely been forgotten by today’s general public.
Just in time for election year, Hamilton’s America will provide a primetime audience with intimate access to Miranda and his colleagues during the two years leading up to the Broadway opening of the Tony Award-winning smash hit musical.
This “hip-hop-historical” documentary features a young, dynamic cast of actors as our guides, along with commentary from some of today’s most notable thinkers and artists, brushing the dust off America’s fascinating early history. The most buzzed-about show in years and the hottest ticket in decades,Hamiltonis redefining how audiences learn about history, but also how they engage with these timeless issues. Produced by Academy Award® and Emmy®-Winning producers RadicalMedia.
Friday, October 21, 9-10:30 p.m. ET
THE DURRELLS: Get ready for a new kind of adventure! Coming in October, 2016, The Durrells in Corfu is based on Gerald Durrell’s autobiographical book My Family and Other Animals, and tells the story of one unconventional family’s attempt at a new life in the natural paradise of Corfu, Greece. Keeley Hawes (Upstairs, Downstairs) stars as the family matriarch, a widow struggling to keep her family afloat as she navigates her own love life, her children’s coming of age stories, and the expectations of her traditional English family. The series airs in 6 episodes, airing in October, 2016.
You can read more about the new period drama here.
NOVEMBER ON PBS:
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – A new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious orphan placed in the care of uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew, played by acclaimed actor Martin Sheen. Neither the adventurous Anne nor the conservative Marilla could anticipate the profound effect they’d have on each other’s lives.Thursday, November 24, 8-9:30 p.m. ET
DECEMBER ON PBS:
GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of The Roses”
Following the four-part “The Hollow Crown,” “The Wars of the Roses” continues the epic saga with three more lavish film adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays: Parts I and II of Henry VI (shown in two parts) and Richard III. Together, they span rebellion in France, the rise and fall of Joan of Arc, the terror of England’s Civil War and the deceitful dynastic murders culminating in the infamous reign of Richard III.
“Henry VI, Part 1” − England is in crisis. War rages and divisions within the English court threaten the crown. Young Henry VI causes outrage by marrying Margaret of Anjou; the scene is set for civil war. With Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okonedo and Hugh Bonneville.
“Henry VI, Part 2” − Bitter rivalries erupt. The feeble King Henry is overshadowed by Queen Margaret. Edward IV takes the throne, but youngest brother Richard has his eyes on the crown. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okonedo and Keeley Hawes.
“Richard III” − In his quest for the crown, Richard plans the murder of his brother George. After the death of Edward IV, Richard’s path to the throne is clear, except for the princes in the tower. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Phoebe Fox. Sundays,December 11-25, 9-11 p.m. ET
CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL – Join the Nonnatus community to celebrate the holidays in a new special. Sunday December 25, 7:30-9 p.m. ET
COMING IN 2017:
VICTORIA: Victoria, the highly anticipated new drama series about the epic life of Queen Victoria, will air on MASTERPIECE in 2017 in the January Sunday night time slot which Downton Abbey has occupied for six years. Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young Victoria, a tiny (4’11”), neglected teenager who overnight became Queen and eventually the most powerful woman in the world. Coming January 15, 2017.
In Victoria, writer Daisy Goodwin has been careful to stay faithful to the facts, while reading between the lines to fill in the gaps where the early Victorians were scrupulously silent. The result is a gripping historical pageant that reveals a side of Victoria that is at odds with her later reputation for prudery and a high moral tone. In other words, Victoria was not a Victorian as we use the term. “She was very, very keen on sex,” says Goodwin, adding, “with her husband. She had nine children. She didn’t lie back and think of England, at all!”
DARK ANGEL: Joanne Froggatt, who stole the hearts of millions of viewers as Anna, the loving and resilient lady’s maid on Downton Abbey, stars in a totally different role in a spine-tingling two-part drama on MASTERPIECE. Dispensing death from the spout of a warm teapot, Froggatt plays the notorious poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, in Dark Angel, coming to MASTERPIECE in 2017.
ENDEAVOUR: In February 2016, Roger Allam confirmed that ITV has commissioned a fourth series of the 1960s era period detective story Endeavour, expected to air on MASTERPIECE in the summer of 2017.
HOME FIRES ON MASTERPIECE – Beginning in 1940, Season 2 follows the residents of Great Paxford as they deal with the imminent threat of invasion. When the Battle of Britain intensifies, the women find they must heighten their efforts to boost morale and keep spirits high while dealing with the various problems of their personal lives. Meanwhile, Laura (Leila Mimmack) is publicly shamed after news of her affair with a married man, and his subsequent divorce, hits the headlines and Joyce (Francesca Annis)’s patriotic reputation is jeopardised when a shocking revelation comes to light. Willow and Thatch has been told S2 will air in 2017.
MERCY STREET: Inspired by real people and events, Mercy Street goes beyond the front lines of the Civil War and into the chaotic world of the Mansion House Hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. The costume drama has been renewed, and a second season is expected in January, 2017.
CALL THE MIDWIFE: Adapted by Heidi Thomas from the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this drama series is a moving, funny, colorful look at midwifery and family beginning in 1950s East End London. In December 2015, BBC director general Tony Hall announced the show had already been commissioned for a sixth series of another eight episodes to be broadcast in early 2017, taking the characters and plot into 1962.
GRANTCHESTER: Set in the English countryside’s most idyllic village, Grantchester follows two unlikely allies as they solve a series of cases that reveal the dark side of early 1950s England. The series has been renewed for a third season and is expected to air on PBS Masterpiece Mystery in the spring of 2017.
POLDARK: The BBC has commissioned a third series of Poldark, and the 5th and 6th novels in the series will be adapted for the screen by Debbie Horsfield. The period drama “will be filmed in even more stunning locations across Cornwall and Bristol later this year for transmission in 2017”.
King Charles III Comes to MASTERPIECE: Hit Broadway show King Charles III will be adapted for television, to air on MASTERPIECE in 2017. A 2016 Tony® nominee for Best Play, King Charles III imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death.
“King Charles III is an ingenious play that promises to be as riveting on television as it was on stage,” says Rebecca Eaton. “It’s a play set in the near future, but with Shakespeare never far away.”
ALSO, AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is yet to be reviewed for Series 4, and the fate of Home Fires is in limbo. Let’s send our hopes and prayers that someone will pick up this terrific period drama!
BBC Two has officially renewed Wolf Hall but the release date has not been scheduled yet: “Speaking to RadioTimes, Kosminsky notes that the third book by authorHilary Mantel – tentatively called The Mirror and the Light – will not be finished in 2016, and that the second series of the BBC Two historical drama will hit our screens in 2018, at the earliest.”
After four seasons, Mr. Selfridge saw its series finale in May, 2016, and after six seasons, Downton Abbey aired its finale in March, 2016. Arthur & George (2015) was only intended to be a three-part series, so won’t be returning, The Crimson Field, first shown in the US on PBS in 2015, was cancelled after one season.
In April of 2015 PBS MASTERPIECE announced that it had optioned The Signature of All Things, the best-selling novel by Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. “Inspired by the true-life adventures of real 19th century female botanical explorers, Gilbert created an unforgettable character in Alma Whittaker — a brilliant, determined, and thoroughly scientific woman, struggling to express her intellectual curiosity in a society where women’s lives are confined to the domestic sphere. Equal parts Elizabeth Bennet and Charles Darwin, Alma spends her days seeking nothing less than the answers to the origins of life itself. Readers all over the world fell in love with this unique character — the rare heroine of literature whose fortunes are neither rescued nor ruined by a man.” No word yet on when this will be produced or air. About the project, executive producer Rebecca Eaton said “Fingers crossed, because there’s still a lot of money to raise. There’s a lot of magic that still has to happen.”
If you enjoyed this post, you’ll want to wander over to the Best Period Films List for more suggestions of what costume and historical dramas to watch. And you’ll want to see the full list of MASTERPIECE Classics that are included with your Amazon Prime Video membership.There are also a series of posts of new period dramas for 2016, sorted by era, like this one.
List of Masterpiece Classic episodes
Wikipedia list article
This is the list of Masterpiece Classic episodes in order by season.
In early 2008, Masterpiece Theatre and its affiliated program Mystery! were reformatted as Masterpiece. Masterpiece is aired as three different series. Initially, Masterpiece Classic aired in the winter and early spring, Masterpiece Mystery! in the late spring and summer, and Masterpiece Contemporary in the fall. In later seasons, particularly after an increase in funding for WGBH and Masterpiece, the scheduling became more random. Currently, all three programs air at any time throughout the year, and on nearly half the Sundays, two episodes from two different miniseries will air on the same night.
This lists the titles of the individual miniseries. Some ran for only one episode, many ran for two or more installments. The following lists them according to original season, and then in alphabetical order. The number of the season continues in the sequence set by the predecessor series, Masterpiece Theatre, which ended with Season 37. This is in spite of the fact that the other predecessor series, Mystery!, ended with Season 27. All episodes that air in one calendar year are considered to be in the same season.
For lists of episodes of the other two series, see List of Masterpiece Mystery! episodes, and List of Masterpiece Contemporary episodes. For older episodes of Masterpiece Theatre, see List of Masterpiece Theatre episodes.
This list does not include any rebroadcasts of series, including those previously shown on Masterpiece Theatre or Mystery!
As of the start of broadcasting Victoria Series One in January 2017, Masterpiece Classic was no longer branded as such, but simply Masterpiece (on screen, PBS Masterpiece online and social media), and it no longer had an on-screen host.
Season 38 (2008)
Season 39 (2009)
Season 40 (2010)
Season 41 (2011)
- Any Human Heart (Feb 13, 20, and 27)
- Downton Abbey, series I (Jan 9, 16, 23, and 30)
- South Riding (May 1, 8, and 15)
- Upstairs, Downstairs, series I (Apr 10, 17, and 24)
Season 42 (2012)
- Birdsong (Apr 22 and 29)
- Downton Abbey, series II (Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, and 19)
- Great Expectations (Apr 1 and 8)
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Apr 15)
- Upstairs, Downstairs, series II (Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, and 11)
Season 43 (2013)
- Downton Abbey, series III (Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, and 17)
- Mr Selfridge, series I (Mar 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19)
- The Paradise, series I (Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, and 17)
Season 44 (2014)
- Downton Abbey, series IV (Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23)
- Mr Selfridge, series II (Mar 30, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, and 18)
- The Paradise, series II (Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, and 16)
Season 45 (2015)
- Downton Abbey, series V (Jan 4, 11, 18, and 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, and 22, and Mar 1)
- Home Fires, series I (Oct 4, 11, 18, and 25, Nov 1 and 8)
- Indian Summers, series I (Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, and 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, and 22)
- The Manners of Downton Abbey – A Masterpiece Special (Jan 4)
- Mr Selfridge, series III (Mar 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, and 26, May 3, 10, and 17)
- Poldark, series I (June 21 and 28, July 5, 12, 19, and 26, and Aug 2)
- Wolf Hall (Apr 5, 12, 19, and 26, May 3 and 10)
Season 46 (2016)
- Churchill's Secret (Sept 11)
- Downton Abbey, series VI (Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, Feb 7, 14, and 21, and Mar 6)
- The Durrells in Corfu, series I (Oct 16, 23, and 30, Nov 6, 13, and 20)
- Indian Summers, series II (Sept 11, 18, and 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, and 30, Nov 6, 13, and 20)
- Mr Selfridge, series IV (Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, and 24, May 1, 8, 15, and 22)
- Poldark, series II (Sept 25, Oct 2, 16, 23, and 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, and 27)
Season 47 (2017)
- The Collection (Oct 8, 15, 22, and 29, Nov 5, 12, and 19)
- The Durrells in Corfu, series II (Oct 15, 22, and 29, Nov 5, 12, and 19)
- Home Fires, series II (Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 and May 7)
- King Charles III (May 14)
- Poldark, series III (Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, Nov 5, 12, and 19)
- To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters (Mar 26)
- Victoria, series I (Jan 15, 22, and 29, Feb 5, 12, and 19, and Mar 5)
Season 48 (2018)
- The Durrells in Corfu, series III (Sep 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, and 28, Nov 4, 11, and 18)
- Little Women (May 13 and 20)
- The Miniaturist (Sep 9, 16, and 23)
- Poldark, series IV (Sep 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, and 28, Nov 4, 11, and 18)
- Victoria, series II (Jan 14, 21, and 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, and 25)
Season 49 (2019)
- The Durrells in Corfu, series IV (Sep 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, and 27, Nov 3)
- Les Misérables (Apr 14, 21, and 28, May 5, 12, and 19)
- Mrs. Wilson (Mar 31 and Apr 7)
- Poldark, series V (Sep 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, and 27, Nov 3, 10, and 17)
- Press (Oct 6, 13, 20, and 27, Nov 3 and 10)
- Victoria, series III (Jan 13, 20, and 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, and 24, and Mar 3)
Season 50 (2020)
- Howards End (Jan 12, 19, and 26, Feb 2)
- Beecham House (June 14, 21, and 28, July 5, 12, and 19)
- Sanditon (Jan 12, 19, and 26, Feb 2, 16, and 23)
- World on Fire (Apr 5, 12, 19, and 26, May 3, 10, and 17)
Season 51 (2021)
- All Creatures Great and Small (Jan 10, 17, 24, and 31, Feb 7, 14, and 21)
- Atlantic Crossing (Apr 4, 11, 18, and 25, May 2, 9, 16, and 23)
- The Long Song (Jan 31, Feb 7 and 14)
- Us (June 20 and 27)
- The Wind in the Willows
Want to be the first to know what's ahead for your favorite MASTERPIECE programs, and what new titles are on the way? MASTERPIECE recently spoke to the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles, and offered some don't-miss tidbits about returning and new series. We've collected it all into our Top 5 MASTERPIECE "Must Knows" for 2016!
#1 - Victoria Comes to MASTERPIECE!
Victoria, the highly anticipated new drama series about the epic life of Queen Victoria, will air on MASTERPIECE in 2017 in the Sunday night time slot which Downton Abbey has occupied for six years. Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young Victoria, a tiny (4'11"), neglected teenager who overnight became Queen and eventually the most powerful woman in the world.
#2 - Joanne Froggatt Stars in Dark Angel
Joanne Froggatt, who stole the hearts of millions of viewers as Anna, the loving and resilient lady's maid on Downton Abbey, stars in a totally different role in a spine-tingling two-part drama on MASTERPIECE. Dispensing death from the spout of a warm teapot, Froggatt plays the notorious poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, in Dark Angel, coming to MASTERPIECE in 2017.
#3 - Michael Gambon Plays an English National Icon
Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The Casual Vacancy) plays the greatest statesman of the twentieth century in his most difficult hour: a debilitating stroke which he seeks to hide from the world. Churchill's Secret, a beautifully acted and produced television film, airs on MASTERPIECE in 2016. The series co-stars Romola Garai (Emma), Lindsay Duncan (Sherlock), Matthew Macfadyen (Any Human Heart), Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey), and a host of other brilliant actors.
#4 - Kurt Wallander Returns For His Final Chapter
Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Henry V, Hamlet), one of the world's most remarkable actors, resumes his role as Inspector Kurt Wallander in Wallander, based on the novels of Henning Mankell.
The stirring detective series comes to an end in in 2016 as MASTERPIECE Mystery! charts the final exploits of the brooding Swede in three nail-biting concluding episodes, on Wallander: The Final Season, airing Sundays, May 8-22, 2016 at 9pm ET on PBS.
#5 - Grantchester Is Back!
James Norton dons his priestly collar and Robson Green (Reckless) his rumpled raincoat for a new season of Grantchester as the improbable crime-fighting team, Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating, bring justice and spiritual nourishment to 1950s England. Grantchester, Season 2 airs in six exciting episodes on MASTERPIECE Mystery!, Sundays March 27-May 1, 2016, at 9pm ET on PBS.
Victoria (British TV series)
British drama television series
Victoria is a British historical television drama series created and principally written by Daisy Goodwin, starring Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. The series premiered in the United Kingdom on ITV on 28 August 2016 with eight episodes, and in the United States on PBS on 15 January 2017; PBS supported its production as part of the Masterpiece anthology.
A second series was broadcast on ITV in 2017, including a Christmas special that aired that December; PBS broadcast followed starting in January 2018, with the special belatedly airing in March. In December 2017, Victoria was renewed for an eight-episode third series, which premiered on PBS on 13 January 2019, and on ITV on 24 March 2019. As of July 2021, ITV confirmed that there were no active plans for a fourth series.
The first series depicts the first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria (portrayed by Jenna Coleman), from her accession to the British throne at the age of eighteen, to her intense friendship and infatuation with her favourite advisor Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), to her courtship and early marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) of Germany, and finally to the birth of their firstborn child and eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.
The second series follows Queen Victoria's struggles to balance her queenly role as the youngest monarch with her duties to her husband and children, various dramas within the English and German branches of the royal family, international relations with France, and such crises as the Anglo-Afghan War and the 1840s Famine in Ireland.
At the beginning of the third series, Victoria and Albert have six children and are approaching their 30s while navigating difficulties in their marriage; as the series progresses, these tensions ebb and flow. Subplots in the third series include Albert's ongoing efforts to find his place, culminating in The Great Exhibition of 1851, and his efforts to mould his eldest son into a king; Victoria's political relationship with the charismatic Lord Palmerston; the sudden arrival of Queen Victoria's estranged maternal half-sister, Princess Feodora, at the palace; and a forbidden romance between one of the Queen's ladies and a footman.
The below actors are credited in the opening titles of single episodes in which they play a significant role.
Series 1 (2016)
Series 2 (2017)
Series 3 (2019)
The series was announced in September 2015, following Coleman's decision to leave Doctor Who to join the cast as Queen Victoria. Daisy Goodwin said in October 2016 that a Christmas special episode for the 2016 series had been proposed and was rejected by ITV; one was subsequently commissioned for 2017 after the rising ratings popularity for Victoria.
In September 2016, ITV renewed Victoria for a second series, followed by a Christmas special. In December 2017, Victoria was renewed for a third series, with Coleman and Hughes set to return. Beyond the renewal, ITV administration reportedly expects Victoria to run for a total of six series, although whether Jenna Coleman will remain as the lead actress as the series moves into depicting Victoria's later years is uncertain. After the conclusion of the third series, Coleman stated that the programme will "take a break" while a fourth series was planned. In July 2021, ITV confirmed that there were no active plans for a fourth series.
Producers Mammoth Screen picked Screen Yorkshire's Church Fenton Studios which is in Tadcaster North Yorkshire, as the central base for the recreation of Buckingham Palace. Church Fenton Studios recently launched, so Victoria subsequently became the first production to film there. It is the first time Yorkshire has needed a large scale studio space to host a major drama. Mammoth Screen spent seven months filming the first series in Yorkshire.
Much of Victoria is filmed in Yorkshire. The interiors of Castle Howard double as Kensington Palace, Harewood House stands in for Buckingham Palace, with Bramham Park and Wentworth Woodhouse also being in use for both royal residences. Carlton Towers is in use as Windsor Castle, while Beverley Minster replaces Westminster Abbey. Other locations include Raby Castle, Allerton Castle, Newby Hall and Whitbypier. Church Fenton Studios, a converted aircraft hangar at Leeds East Airport near Selby, was in use to recreate some interiors of Buckingham Palace. Parts of Liverpool's Georgian quarter were used for exterior locations for the filming of the third series.
Filming for the third series began in May 2018, after filming for The Cry, another series that Coleman starred in, commenced in Australia in February 2018, and concluded in May 2018, so that production on the third series of Victoria could commence.
The theme song is by Martin Phipps, sung by the Mediæval Bæbes. Phipps also wrote and conducted incidental music for the early episodes. For later episodes the conducting role was undertaken by Ruth Barrett. An official soundtrack for the first series was released on 12 January 2017. On 23 February 2019, Barrett has posted via her instagram, she will be releasing a second official soundtrack to accompany the second and third series. The second official soundtrack was released 22 February 2019 via Amazon for the United States and will be released at a later date for the United Kingdom.
|1.||"Victoria – The Suite"||Benji Merrison, Mediæval Bæbes||3:27|
|2.||"The King is Dead"||2:49|
|7.||"The Wedding"||Mediæval Babes||3:43|
|8.||"The Royal Birth"||2:14|
|10.||"A Royal Affair"||2:05|
|11.||"Victoria Titles"||Mediæval Babes||1:35|
|1.||"Allelujah (Arrangement of Theme by Martin Phipps)"||Gillie Mackenzie||2:38|
|11.||"Going to Ireland"||2:09|
|12.||"Albert Wears the Crown"||4:32|
|13.||"Inspecting the Regiment"||1:33|
|17.||"Time of Enchantment"||2:49|
|21.||"The Great Exhibition"||1:48|
The eight-episode first series premiered on ITV on 28 August 2016 in the UK, and on PBS on 15 January 2017 in the United States as part of Masterpiece. The series premiered on 4 April 2017 in Canada on Vision TV, and January 2019 on ViuTV6 in Hong Kong.
The eight-episode second series premiered on ITV on 27 August 2017, and on PBS on 14 January 2018. The second series premiered in Canada on 26 September 2018 on Vision TV.
The eight-episode third series was broadcast on PBS from 13 January to 3 March 2019, before the series was broadcast in the UK, where it aired on ITV from 24 March to 12 May 2019.
In Region 2, the first series of Victoria was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 10 October 2016. The second series was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 13 November 2017. The 2017 feature-length Christmas Special was released on DVD 26 December 2017.
In Region 1, the first series of Victoria was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 31 January 2017. The second series of Victoria was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 30 January 2018.
The critics' reviews of the first series have been positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first series holds a rating of 80%, based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 6.77/10. The site's consensus reads, "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". The second series holds a rating of 87%, based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 6.17/10. The site's consensus reads, "Victoria's sophomore series finds this striking period drama returning with a second batch of episodes that are just as absorbing as its first." On Metacritic, the first series has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews". Mehera Bonner of Marie Claire wrote, "Stunning, addictive...and ridiculously romantic". Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe wrote, "Captivating [and] unforgettable".
Victoria's writer Daisy Goodwin said that the drama was inspired by real events, "whether they are assassination attempts, the repeal of the Corn Laws, or the terrible potato famine. All the big building blocks of the series are true."
The Duchess of Sutherland is inaccurately depicted as carrying on an improbable romance with prince (later duke) Ernest of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who is also inaccurately depicted as being unmarried at the time. Margaret Clunie told RadioTimes.com: "Harriet Sutherland had a famously happy marriage with the Duke of Sutherland and they had these 11 children and lived happily ever after. So we have slightly deviated away from the truth."
The story lines are a blending of history, historical inaccuracies, and characters invented for dramatic purposes. In some cases, the historical figures are indistinguishable from invented characters in all but name, with the traits, actions, and experiences having little to do with the real lives of those supposedly portrayed. For example, Dame Diana Rigg was cast to play an elderly and curmudgeonly Duchess of Buccleuch even though the real woman was in her 30s when at court, and older sister Feodora is made into a spiteful schemer living for an extended period of some years with Victoria and Albert, though letters reveal the sisters seemingly had an affectionate bond that made them faithful correspondents across years and distance, with visits relatively rare.
Robert Peel's Private Secretary Edward Drummond is shown as having a relationship with Lord Alfred Paget, but there's no evidence that either of the men were gay or had any same-sex relationships. Drummond was fatally shot in 1843. Alfred Paget became the Queen's Chief Equerry in 1846.
Frances Mulraney wrote on IrishCentral that "Faith, Hope & Charity" episode "overplays the extent to which Queen Victoria sought to aid the famine Irish in the 1840s, exaggerating her interest in Ireland." English-born historian Christine Kinealy, founding director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, who has studied Queen Victoria's diaries and the writings of Prime Ministers Peel and Russell, said that "There is no evidence that she had any real compassion for the Irish people in any way." Irish clergyman Robert Traill, who wrote a letter that makes it to the newspapers, had never met Victoria. The creator of the show, Daisy Goodwin, said: "I thought [Robert Traill's] story would be a good way to illustrate the terrible way in which the Irish were treated by the British government."
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