ITV commissions second series of Victoria

ITV has ordered a second series of its much-loved historical drama Victoria, which will bring Jenna Coleman and co back to continue the young queen’s story.

Coleman will return as Victoria herself, as will Tom Hughes as Prince Albert, and Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne.

Damien Timmer, of production company Mammoth Screen who is behind the series, said: "Following the audience response to Victoria we are delighted that the extraordinary Jenna Coleman will be returning to her throne for a second series. The next few years of Victoria's reign are packed full of extraordinary real life events, with constitutional crises, scandals at court and personal challenges aplenty for the Queen and Prince Albert."

So far, we've seen Vicky's coronation and her marriage to Albert - but what can we expect from the next series? Daisy Goodwin, returning as showrunner, says Queen Victoria will face a "very modern dilemma", figuring out how to juggle looking after her family and her rather important job.

"As Victoria will discover, it's hard to be a wife, a mother, and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth!" Goodwin said.

The first series of Victoria was hugely popular, averaging 7.7 million viewers and a 29.7% viewership share. That makes it ITV's biggest drama of 2016 so far, in fact.

It even beat out Poldark - another Mammoth Screen creation - on the ratings front last Sunday, attracting 5.2 million viewers.

There's no word on when the next series will be out, but with any luck it may arrive some time next year.

Source: ITV | Evening Standard

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