FIRST LOOK: Watch a clip from the second series of ITV's Victoria


ITV's hugely popular drama about Queen Victoria will return later this year and the first clip has just been released

ITV has released the first clip from the eagerly awaited second series of ITV's hit historical drama, Victoria.

It comes on Victoria Day, the anniversary of Queen Victoria's birthday in 1819.

The clip, which stars  Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Tom Hughes (The Game) as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, depicts the Christening of the couple’s first-born child, Victoria.

Following the critical acclaim and record ratings success of the first instalment, and picking up six weeks after the first series ended, the new series establishes Victoria as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and Queen. However, Prince Albert is still struggling to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife as she returns to her duties.

The teaser follows the news that acclaimed British actress Dame Diana Rigg has joined the cast as the Queen’s new Mistress Of The Robes,  while Line Of Duty star Martin Compston will be making a guest appearance as social activist Dr Robert Traill.

The pair joins returning cast members including Nigel Lindsay (Unforgotten), David Oakes (The White Queen), Daniela Holtz (Circle Of Life), Catherine Flemming (Tatort) and Nell Hudson (Outlander).

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The eight-part series and two-hour Christmas special has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, and creator Daisy Goodwin has written the episodes.

The first series of the drama was ITV’s highest rating drama of 2016, receiving critical acclaim and a consolidated average of 7.7m viewers with a 29 per cent share. It has also proved equally popular in the US, with the first series reaching an average audience of 6.3m viewers and the first episode drawing in a 28 per cent share, more viewers than the first series of Downton Abbey.

There's no word yet on when the new series of Victoria will be broadcast.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.