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PBS 2016

The story of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism – and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image and become “grandmother of Europe”.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Victoria

Victoria - S1E8

#1 - Young England


Season 1 - Episode 8

A heavily pregnant Victoria is frustrated by both Albert and her mother's attempts to confine her to the Palace. Cumberland arrives in London, hoping that Victoria may die in childbirth, as he is still the heir Presumptive. Determined to show herself in public, Victoria goes for a drive and is accosted by an unhinged admirer, desperate to free her from her ‘German tyrant'. Whilst Victoria is taken aback, she is resolute that it will not frighten her and despite Albert's misgiving, goes out again.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Victoria from 1397 votes.

Victoria - S1E9

#2 -


Season 1 - Episode 9


The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Victoria from 11 votes.

Victoria - S3E8

#3 - The White Elephant


Season 3 - Episode 8

The world's eyes are on the Great Exhibition, and the Royal couple. Does triumph or failure beckon? Lives will be changed forever as intrigue unfolds amongst the exhibits.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Victoria from 311 votes.

Victoria - S2E7

#4 - The King Over the Water


Season 2 - Episode 7

After a series of assassination attempts, the queen is forced to seek sanctuary far from the palace. She and Albert travel to the Scottish Highlands, an area that has always fascinated her, but proves to be far from the romantic retreat she had fantasised about. However, travelling incognito gives both the royal couple and their servants a freedom they do not often experience.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Victoria from 871 votes.

Victoria - S2E8

#5 - The Luxury of Conscience


Season 2 - Episode 8

Albert resents Lehzen's influence over the queen, and fears she is putting the health of their child at risk. The prince also unwittingly creates problems for Peel, who is facing the most important battle of his political career as he takes a stand against the corn laws, only to find that Albert has played into their enemies' hands. When tragedy strikes, personal and political sacrifices must be made. Last in the series.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Victoria from 768 votes.

Victoria - S3E4

#6 - Foreign Bodies


Season 3 - Episode 4

When Albert leaves the Palace for Cambridge, Victoria faces the traumatic impact of a cholera epidemic on the streets of London.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Victoria from 319 votes.

Victoria - S2E6

#7 - Faith, Hope and Charity


Season 2 - Episode 6

As news of the horrific famine in Ireland reaches the Queen, Victoria is adamant that her government should be doing more to help. However, Prime Minister Peel is trapped, knowing that to send food to the Irish would destabilise his party and jeopardise his career. With Albert blinded by his trust in Peel, Victoria begins to question her own convictions.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Victoria from 850 votes.

Victoria - S1E4

#8 - The Clockwork Prince


Season 1 - Episode 4

Prince Albert arrives in England for the first time, and he and Victoria take an instant dislike to each other in an awkward first encounter. Below stairs, Albert's valet clashes with the royal servants, while Skerrett is visited by a girl in need of money.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Victoria from 1517 votes.

Victoria - S1E7

#9 - The Engine of Change


Season 1 - Episode 7

The queen becomes pregnant, and declares that Albert will become head of state in the event of her death. The developments outrage members of the Tory party, who fear a German prince holding sway over the nation and make arrangements to disrupt his visit to the industrial north. The consort finds an unlikely ally in Sir Robert Peel, who seeks royal approval for the rapidly developing railway. At first, Victoria does not approve, but soon changes her mind when she experiences Peel's creation for herself.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Victoria from 1406 votes.

Victoria - S1E6

#10 - The Queen's Husband


Season 1 - Episode 6

Albert feels he needs a greater role in public affairs, and becomes involved in the anti-slavery movement. Victoria matches wills with the Duke of Sussex to see that her husband is granted more respect, while Skerrett faces a dilemma when she realises that the only person who can save her cousin and child from certain death is the man she trusts the least.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Victoria from 1424 votes.

Victoria - S2E3
#11 - Warp and Weft
Season 2 - Episode 3

Discontent is growing in the country, and upon hearing the pleas of a silk weaver of Spitalfields, Victoria decides she must help. Against Peel and Albert's advice, she hatches a plan: a fantastic medieval ball at the Palace, where the attendees have to wear costumes made from Spitalfields silk.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Victoria from 950 votes.

Victoria - S1E5
#12 - An Ordinary Woman
Season 1 - Episode 5

When Victoria's efforts to secure Albert a settlement are rejected by parliament, both she and her fiance start to fear for their future together. As the wedding draws ever closer and the tension escalates, will Victoria and Albert manage to reconcile their differences in time?

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Victoria from 1464 votes.

Victoria - S1E1
#13 - Doll No 123
Season 1 - Episode 1

In 1838, at the age of 18, young princess Alexandrina's life is transformed when she ascends the throne of Great Britain and becomes Queen Victoria. Suddenly finding herself freed of the repressive shackles placed on her by her mother's advisor, Conroy, she builds a new alliance with the charismatic prime minister Lord Melbourne.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Victoria from 1850 votes.

Victoria - S2E5
#14 - Entente Cordiale
Season 2 - Episode 5

Concerned that the pending marriage of King Louis Philippe of France's son to the Spanish Queen will form a dangerous alliance, Victoria sets sail on her first voyage to the continent in an attempt to deter the wily French King.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Victoria from 887 votes.

Victoria - S1E3
#15 - Brocket Hall
Season 1 - Episode 3

A Chartist uprising in Newport underlines the instability of the monarchy. King Leopold suggests to Victoria that she consider Prince Albert as a possible consort, a development that results in the young queen being surrounded by suitors.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Victoria from 1558 votes.

Victoria - S3E2
#16 - London Bridge is Falling Down
Season 3 - Episode 2

Victoria must decide whether to fight the Chartists with force or allow them to present their petition.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Victoria from 329 votes.

Victoria - S2E1
#17 - A Soldier's Daughter
Season 2 - Episode 1

Picking up a month after the birth of her first child, the new series sees Queen Victoria surprise the court when she insists on returning to her duties as soon as possible.Having taken charge in her absence, adoring new father Albert decides not to trouble his wife with worrying news regarding the British soldiers in Afghanistan. However, as the reports worsen, Victoria grows increasingly suspicious that he and Prime Minister Robert Peel are hiding something from her.Determined to reclaim her place with characteristic impulsiveness, Victoria brings in the formidable Duchess of Buccleuch as her new Mistress of the Robes and demands that former chef, Francatelli, return to the palace kitchens.Meanwhile, Albert's family descend on the palace for the Christening of baby Vicky and their dynastic plotting only intensifies Victoria's sense of frustration. Convinced that the truth is being kept from her, Victoria seeks answers from the Duke of Wellington.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Victoria from 1083 votes.

Victoria - S1E2
#18 - Ladies in Waiting
Season 1 - Episode 2

Lord Melbourne's resignation as Prime Minister leaves Victoria devastated. As Lord Melbourne's popularity in the house wanes, the Tories eagerly await their imminent triumph, while the Duke of Cumberland views it as a chance to prey on his niece's vulnerability.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Victoria from 1618 votes.

Victoria - S2E4
#19 - The Sins of the Father
Season 2 - Episode 4

The royal court celebrates the birth of the Queen's second child, but Victoria alone is unhappy as she struggles to bond with her newborn son. A crisis compels Albert to return to Coburg, separating the couple for the first time since their wedding. Skerrett makes a disastrous mistake, while Drummond's relationship with Lord Alfred comes under threat.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Victoria from 928 votes.

Victoria - S3E3
#20 - Et in Arcadia
Season 3 - Episode 3

At Osborne House, Albert relishes the opportunity to instruct the family away from London, but Victoria is desperate to get back to the Palace and the business of politics.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Victoria from 318 votes.

Last updated: apr 03, 2021



Can't wait! Jenna Louise Coleman! Epic period! A relationship that transformed it's time!


This is my favorite new show of 2016, seriously.


After a very slow start (the first two, pre-Albert episodes were a tough slough) the series has blossomed, and, having just finished episode 7 of 9, I've given it a 9 (superb) out of 10. Jenna Louise Coleman is radiant as she transforms from shy young girl, to feisty young monarch - as the duchess says, "it seems the queen has learned how to get her own way." For Doctor Who fans, there will be no surprise as to what she brings to inhabit a role. Those in the UK are enjoying the series on ITV, and those in North America can look forward to it as a PBS Masterpiece Theatre selection for January.


Love this series! beaituful relationship between Victoria and Lord M and between her and Albert


i started loving this show, but then season 2 came out and i just realized i was so hyped during all season 1 and now it's a bit disappointing. [spoiler] I miss Melbourne and i don't like where the story is going (or at least how the writers are taking it). [/spoiler]


if I were you I would not miss it, higly recommended for anyone fond of good dramatic movies or tv series. You won’t be disappointed, there’re plentiful of very fine to sublime interpretations, with an splendid Jenna Coleman masterfully performing the role of the wonderful Queen Victoria. But if you happen to love bio or historic novels, it simply is a must see, as it also is the “_The Crown_” which’s also a biography But about Queen Elizabeth’s reign.


The second season (or as the Brits say "series 2") of VICTORIA has just begun broadcast in UK (ITV) so I think we can expect it in North America soon. Therefore it is a great time to re-watch season 1. It started out slow, but once Albert enters the drama it is fantastic viewing. Jenna Coleman is superb, which will be no shock to Doctor Who fans. The historical accuracy of a couple of the relationships is a bit dodgy, but the portrayal of the period is transporting. I gave the first season a 9 (fascinating) out of 10.

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