Victoria (2016– )
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Ladies in Waiting 

As Lord Melbourne's popularity in the House wanes, the Tories eagerly await triumph, while Victoria's uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, sees a chance to prey on her vulnerability and establish a co-regency.


Tom Vaughan


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jenna Coleman ... Victoria
Peter Firth ... Duke of Cumberland
Peter Bowles ... Duke of Wellington
Nigel Lindsay ... Sir Robert Peel
Rufus Sewell ... Lord Melbourne
Paul Rhys ... Sir John Conroy
Catherine Flemming ... Duchess of Kent
Tom Price Tom Price ... Duke of Sutherland
Robin McCallum Robin McCallum ... Lord Portman
Richard Dixon ... Lord Chancellor
Julian Finnigan Julian Finnigan ... Lord Hastings
Eve Myles ... Mrs. Jenkins
Adrian Schiller ... Penge
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Francatelli
Nell Hudson ... Skerrett


Victoria's reliance on Melbourne does not go unnoticed amongst the likes of Wellington and Peel and she feels isolated when, defeated over a bill to end slavery in Jamaica, Melbourne resigns. Thus she asks the Tory, former war hero Wellington to become premier but he declines, putting forward the Tory Peel instead and Melbourne refuses to oppose the idea. Victoria is called upon to dismiss her Whig ladies-in-waiting and replace them with Torys' wives but declines to do so, leading to the jealous Cumberland allying with Conroy to suggest a regent in the form of her mother. However Victoria flatly refuses and reinstates Melbourne. At the palace steward Penge attempts one last money making scheme by selling off used candles before gas lighting is introduced and Miss Skerrett gets a romantic invitation from chef Francatelli. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

17 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Broadcasting the second edition of Victoria on Bank Holiday Monday saw viewing figures drop to 5,783,000 plunging the show down the ITV rankings to the ninth most watched programme on the channel for the period 29th August - 4th September 2016. See more »


Sir Robert Peel (Nigel Lindsay) is depicted as having a working-class Lancashire accent. While born in Lancashire, Peel was the son of wealthy industrialist Sir Robert Peel, 1st Baronet. He was educated at Harrow and Oxford and would have spoken with an upper-class accent. See more »

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Ladies in Waiting
20 September 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

In the second episode Queen Victoria gets stroppy. Lord Melbourne's popularity in Parliament. He cannot command a majority and the Queen must ask Sir Robert Peel to form a government but she needs to have some suitable ladies in waiting friendly to the Tories. Victoria refuses even going against the advice of Lord Melbourne.

This situation leads to her enemies the Duke of Cumberland and Conroy to plot a co-regency as Victoria is not up to the job.

Despite the wonderful costumes and looking sumptuous the series is looking hokey. The Queen is walking all over Parliamentary democracy and the four members of staff that are below stairs, I am sure there are others but we only see these four have a rat infestation that is going out of control. I do not mean Cumberland and Conroy.

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