ITV Orders Second Season of 'Victoria'


The co-production with Masterpiece on PBS, where the first season debuts in January, stars Jenna Coleman.

ITV is bringing back Victoria for a second season.

ITV's head of drama Polly Hill and director of television Kevin Lygo announced the news on Friday.

The drama from screenwriter Daisy Goodwin and producer Mammoth Screen stars Jenna Coleman as the young queen alongside Tom Hughes as Prince Albert. It launched at the end of August and averaged 7.7 million consolidated viewers. This makes it the top-rated ITV drama of the year so far.

Victoria is a co-production with Masterpiece on PBS, with Rebecca Eaton serving as executive producer. It premieres on PBS on Jan. 15.

Lygo said: "Mammoth and Daisy Goodwin have brought the characters so vividly to life in this series, and we're thrilled with the reception for Victoria. We're pleased to be able to confirm that Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will return to continue the story."

Goodwin said: “Even though she reigned in the 19th century, Victoria is a heroine for our times. In the next series she faces the very modern dilemma of how to juggle children with her husband and her job. As Victoria will discover, it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth!”

Timmer 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.”