Victoria

Victoria

The Complete First Season

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In 1837, a diminutive, neglected teenager is crowned Queen Victoria, navigates the scandal, corruption, and political intrigues of the Court, and soon rises to become the most powerful woman in the world.--

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operaguy52
Apr 26, 2021

I was somewhat amused when a ball in 1837 included music from Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" which was premiered in 1874. And H.G. Wells's "The Time Machine" was not yet published!

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Walter724
Jan 30, 2021

I enjoyed this series. The episodes are slow-moving at times, but it almost helps you--just let it unfold, and you can fully experience the costumes, and the chemistry between Victoria and Albert!

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movie20
Aug 23, 2020

An enjoyable series. I am looking forward to seeing the rest. I lke the actors portraying Victoria and Albert.

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Autumnboyd
May 06, 2020

it was ok i guess......... but didn't really catch me like i thought it would

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archangel777
Jan 25, 2020

Season one is much better then season 2. There's much more grounding in believable drama. Season 2 has a ton of bizarre episodes especially the Christmas one were Albert falls through ice into a pond, and Victoria pulls him out after he should have drowned and he is SOMEHOW still alive.

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sol1765
Dec 20, 2019

It's interesting to compare/contrast her with her Elizabethan counterparts.

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firefly5
Nov 13, 2019

I loved this series and look forward to more of Victoria.

JCLKarynH May 25, 2019

I've seen a lot of dramatizations of Queen Victoria's life and reign over the years, but this version, created and written by author, Daisy Goodwin, and starring Jenna Coleman is one of my favorites. Jenna's interpretation of Victoria is a very feisty queen. She's determined, head-strong, dedicated to duty, and isn't going to let the old noble dudes around her tell her how to run her country. Does Victoria get it right all the time? Of course not, but she's going to do it her way. Other noted performances are Tom Hughes, who plays her broody paramour and life-long love, Prince Albert, and Rufus Sewell who plays her dishy adviser and Whig Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. Daisy Goodwin does a stellar job of showing how all the major players influenced Queen Victoria's reign. The costumes, jewelry, and sets are stunning and really immerse you in the Victorian Era. If you like your queens feisty and well-dressed, give Victoria a go.

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Robbio720
May 21, 2019

The series "Victoria" is entertaining but is not historically accurate. It romanticizes Victoria and Lord Melbourne to make them more sympathetic characters. Lord Melbourne was not against slavery but spoke out against the abolition of slavery. Victoria did not intervene on behalf of the chartists to change their punishment from grisly death sentences to transportation to Australia. However, apparently Lord Melbourne did personally intervene on their behalf and they were transported instead. She did not have much empathy for her subjects who lived in poverty. By all means enjoy the series but don't rely on it for an accurate depiction of events and characters.

RandomLibrarian Apr 30, 2019

This binge-worthy show is beautifully shot and sports an outstanding cast, with the stunning Jenna Coleman at the helm. The story begins with the young Andrina finding out her uncle has died and that she has, at 18 years old, become the Queen of England. There is plenty of palace and political intrigue. If you want romance, this has it in spades; the chemistry between Coleman and Tom Hughes (who plays her cousin and future husband, Prince Albert) sizzles. Highly recommend for fans of period dramas.

There is a book called "Victoria" by Daisy Goodwin that follows much of the first season almost scene for scene; Goodwin wrote it simultaneously with the screenplay for the tv production and it shows.

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SnoIsleLib_BrianH Apr 21, 2017

Exerpt from New York Times Review By MIKE HALE JAN. 13, 2017

As palace-bound melodramas go, “Victoria” is perfectly easy to watch, as long as you don’t mind that it never for a second feels as if you were watching something that could actually have taken place in the mid-19th century. Central to this effect is the casting of Jenna Coleman as Victoria. She plays the queen in much the same way she played the Doctor’s companion on several seasons of “Doctor Who” — spunky, sharp-edged, thoroughly modern. She’s immensely likable, and not in the least believable as a historical monarch.

But Ms. Coleman is surrounded by people who give the series a little more weight, particularly Rufus Sewell as a pin-up version of Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister, on whom she has quite a bit more than a schoolgirl crush.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/arts/television/review-thoroughly-modern-victoria-still-nursing-that-crush.html?_r=0

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