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'Victoria' PBS: Jenna Coleman Plays A Short Queen Victoria In Period Drama Trailer [WATCH]

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(Photo : Victoria official website/ITV) A new period drama replaces "Downton Abbey" on PBS in 2017.

British TV shows have become very popular in the United States. After the success of ITV's "Downton Abbey" on PBS, it is safe to assume that American audiences have a penchant for period drama.

Although "Downton Abbey" breathed its last this year after its season 6 finale, British channel ITV is importing another period drama to satiate the appetite of fans in the US. "Doctor Who" actress Jenna Coleman is starring in an 8-part miniseries, which chronicles the life of the famous Queen Victoria, in early 2017.


It showcases the Queen's life right from the time she sat on the throne at the tender age of 18 through her courtship and marriage to her cousin Prince Albert. Apart from Coleman, "Victoria" also stars Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, Queen Victoria's first Prime Minister, Tom Hughes as Prince Albert, the Queen's to-be husband, Peter Firth as the Duke of Cumberland and Paul Rhys as Sir John Conroy.

What makes this British Queen's life so special is the fact that she documented her life extremely well. Queen Victoria frequently wrote in her diary and drew many sketches. "Her vivacious nature comes out in the page," Coleman told reporters (via Indiewire) at the Television Critics Association. "What I found most interesting was her sketch work," Coleman added. "She was quite a prolific watercolorist."

Daisy Goodwin, who penned and created "Victoria" for ITV and PBS, said that she read between the lines of the monarch's diary and created personal details of her life based on her interpretation. For example, based on how many times she mentioned Lord Melbourne in her diary, Goodwin thought it was quite obvious that she was attracted to him. Thus, as seen in the trailer, the series has incorporated a romantic angle between the two politicians.

Queen Victoria was not only headstrong and broke traditions, such as naming herself Victoria at a time when Queens were always called Annes, Janes or Elizabeths, she was also very short (only 4 feet, 11 inches).


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