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News: Victoria to Air on MASTERPIECE on PBS
Victoria, the highly anticipated new drama series about the epic life of Queen Victoria, will air on MASTERPIECE on PBS 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.
In an announcement at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA, MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton said: “Downton Abbey has proved that millions of viewers will turn up year after year for a beautifully crafted period drama. Victoria has it all: a riveting script, brilliant cast, and spectacular locations. And it’s a true story! This is exactly the kind of programming MASTERPIECE fans will love.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.
Victoria is a coproduction with Mammoth Screen, producers of high profile returning dramas such as Poldark and Endeavour, for ITV and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. It is created and written by best-selling novelist Daisy Goodwin (The American Heiress) in her screenwriting debut. Ms. Goodwin read through 62 million words of Victoria’s diaries, which vividly portray her astonishing transformation form rebellious teenager to Queen.
The eight-part drama follows Victoria from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18, through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Famous for her candor and spirit, she was the first woman who seemed to have it all: a passionate marriage, nine children, and the job of being Queen of the world’s most important nation. Victoria’s often tumultuous reign lasted for 63 years; she was England’s longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II in September, 2015.
“MASTERPIECE is the perfect home for an ambitious series like Victoria,” said Damient Timmer, executive producer for Mammoth Screen. “We’re proud to inherit the Downton Abbey time slot, and delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with MASTERPIECE.”
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