5:17am PT by Georg Szalai
'Victoria' to Return to PBS, ITV for Season 3
U.K. TV giant ITV said Tuesday that it and PBS have renewed royal drama Victoria for a third season.
The series, from ITV-owned U.K. production firm Mammoth Screen and PBS’s Masterpiece in the U.S., stars Jenna Colman (Doctor Who) as Queen Victoria.
The first two seasons chronicled her accession to the throne at 18 through to her courtship with and marriage to Prince Albert.
The third season is expected to start shooting next year and will continue into the mid-19th century, a time of political upheavals across Europe. Colman will reprise her role as Victoria, while Tom Hughes will return as Prince Albert.
Victoria is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Tweeted ITV Studios on Tuesday: "Victoria will be back after the Christmas Special for Series 3!"
Creator Daisy Goodwin in a press announcement revealed that season three "will start in 1848, which was a hugely dramatic and eventful time for both the royal family and Europe, with revolutions on the continent and uncertainty around the monarchy." She added: "Viewers can expect more drama than ever before."
Added Mammoth managing director Damien Timmer: "Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes shine as Victoria and Albert, and it’s an honor to have them back for a third series, which covers a tumultuous period in our country’s history, filled to the brim with royal scandals, political skirmishes and constitutional crises, as new historical figures enter the saga to challenge Victoria and Albert as never before."