Victoria kicked off its long-awaited third series in style on Sunday, as the ‘perpetually pregnant’ Queen battled a brewing rebellion and a surprise family arrival.
In a jam-packed opening episode, Laurence Fox stole the show as the inexplicably charming Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston, while the Royal household was thrown into chaos by the arrival of Her Majesty’s half-sister Feodora.
Also taking centre stage was the impending marriage of fan-favourite couple Mr. Francatelli and Nancy Skerrett, and the beautiful Duchess of Manmouth, who while ridiculed by her husband, is admired by a tall but friendly footman.
New series: Victoria kicked off its long-awaited third series in style on Sunday, as the ‘perpetually pregnant’ Queen battled a brewing rebellion and a surprise family arrival
The episode began as the February Revolution of 1848 is in full swing, and as furious citizens break into the French Palace, King Louis Philippe is losing his place on the throne.
As he sends word to Her Majesty, we cut to Buckingham Palace, where Victoria is in the final stages of her sixth pregnancy (yes sixth!)
After hearing about the revolution fever spreading across Europe, we see the first signs of the tension between our Queen and Albert, as while she simply brands the revolution an outrage, he begins to question the ideas behind it.
Hello, handsome: In a jam-packed opening episode, Laurence Fox stole the show as the inexplicably charming Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston
It is clear how far Victoria has come this series, as she seems more ‘we are not amused’ then ‘come on Dash!’ – though Jenna Coleman’s strangely deep voice does not completely match her un-aged complexion.
Meanwhile the Chartist Movement is starting to brew with the activists campaigning for a vote for the working man, and while many believe in the cause as an opposition to the government, the more extreme views are also showed as one screams for the downfall of the Royal Family.
Back in the Palace, Nancy and Mr. Francatelli are the picture of happiness after finally getting engaged in the Christmas special, and offer some light romance in the tense episode.
New arrival! The Royal household was thrown into chaos by the arrival of Her Majesty’s half-sister Feodora
Also ‘downstairs’ sees the arrival of an extremely tall footman Joseph, who catches the attention of The Duchess of Manmouth – a gorgeous Mistress Of The Robes who is repeatedly belittled by her husband due to her humble background.
But it’s Laurence Fox as the suave Lord Palmerston who steals the show on his debut appearance, playing a Foreign Secretary who – thanks to his support of the French Revolution – has sparked outrage from the Monarchy.
He is a combination of the upper-class politician and man-of-the-people that would have been rarity of the era, acting the Prime Minister’s prominent support, yet still cheers on his inferiors as they tear pieces from each other in bare-knuckle boxing.
It is then that Her Majesty receives the greatest shock in the form of her half-sister Feodora, who comes to the Palace under the precedent that she has fallen on hard times.
She’s been busy: Victoria is in the final stages of her sixth pregnancy (yes sixth!)
The presence of her relative proves uncomfortable for Victoria, as her abandonment at the age of nine came during a childhood of abuse – and its not helped by the fact that ‘Feo’ takes every opportunity to note her superiority in skill, musicality and even height!
There also seems to be many questions surrounding Feo’s appearance in the Palace, as it becomes clear she is hiding or scheming something.
Victoria’s frustration – whether it be from her pregnant state, Albert’s constant Marxist recitals or the smug Lord Palmerston – grows as the episode goes on, eventually culminating in her refusal to leave when the Monarchy is under threat from the Charterists.
The episode then closes on a dramatic note as the Charterists storm Buckingham Palace, and one hurls a rock through the window narrowly missing the Queen.
And as the shock leads Victoria’s waters to break, the episode ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, with guards struggling to keep out the protesters cut with her screams of pain.
Victoria continues on Sunday 31st March at 9pm on ITV.
Arrival: It is then that Her Majesty receives the greatest shock in the form of her half-sister Feodora, who comes to the Palace under the precedent that she has fallen on hard times