Victoria came to the throne at the age of 18 and apparently nursed a crush on her adviser, Lord Melbourne, as who would not, since he’s played here by Rufus Sewell at his most hunky-polite. Based on the historical novel by Daisy Goodwin, this production seems to strive for a cross between Gossip Girl and Downton Abbey, and is thus an amusing trifle. Wearing a crown that looks like a gigantic, bejeweled wedding cake, Coleman’s Victoria is alternately shrewdly clever and melodramatically emotional.
<em>Victoria</em> will air on PBS’ <em>Masterpiece</em> in the Sunday timeslot <em>Downton Abbey</em> has occupied the last six years, the programming service said this afternoon at TCA. It’s slated to premiere in 2017. Jenna Coleman ( <em>Doctor Who) </em>stars as the young Queen Victoria, a neglected teenager who became Queen and eventually the most powerful woman in the world. " <em>Downton Abbey</em> has proved that millions of viewers will turn up year after year for a beautifully crafted period drama,” <em>Ma…</em>