Victoria, the ITV/PBS series

I saw a couple reviews disparaging the CGI exterior scenes of far views of London and some palaces, but while they were repetitive(there’s the duck flying off to the left again), they were believable. Hints and half portions of various servants’ backgrounds were frustrating, a story line would be tracked intently for a brief time and abruptly dropped, such as a romance between one of the head servants, Penge and a woman servant from one of the Coberg relatives. I know the actors are romantically involved in real life, but we shouldn’t have to count on celebrity gossip to transmit their relationship. They were also a bit sloppy with the “downstairs” portion of the story. Viewers, as well as Victoria, were understandably smitten with him. Rufus Sewell was never so attractive as he is providing guidance combined with self-depreciating humor. It’s at this point that Victoria becomes a shallow young thing, instantly transferring her affections to the breathy Albert. I often found myself imagining Coleman’s gradual morphing into Dame Judi Dench’s Mrs. With his wife as monarch, I could understand Albert’s frustration at having nothing to do, but all the pouting about it got on my nerves. Lord M is instantly forgotten, and not a mention is made of him for the last several episodes of the series’ first season. Oh, Tom Hughes looks the part, wearing spiffy military uniforms and casting forelock bedecked devoted gazes. Personally, I found Albert’s brother, Earnest far more charming.Well, except for his visits to prostitutes. The only pair that was actually followed through, was with a lady’s maid and a pastry chef, who went from potential blackmailer(the maid worked in a brothel’s laundry previously) to wooing her with spun sugar creations. First off, let me say that the production values, are as always terrific, some scenes look like paintings, which is my ultimate compliment. So, that makes it all the more jarring when Albert appears on the scene. So many things about him annoyed me that I couldn’t really buy into him as Victoria’s Great Love. That sort of stalkerish behavior was way more unsettling than romantic. “Speak up”, I wanted to shout whenever he was onscreen. The ITV series Victoria recently concluded on PBS in the States and it seems like a good time to organize my feelings about it, which are mixed. Is it supposed to be sexy? And hoping for more of “Lord M” is useless. It was startling to realize just how recent the railway system came to be and how quickly it became a force in industry and transportation. The writers ought to have done a better job of conveying Albert’s appeal to Victoria, the way it was presented made it look as if her affections just landed on whatever male was most present in her life. PBS keeps trying to fill the large gap left by Downton Abbey , first with Indian Summers which didn’t catch on, though I liked it and now Victoria, which seems to have been upstaged by The Crown which I haven’t seen, because I don’t have Netflix. His courtly congratulations to her in a long candle-lit hall left viewers teary and wishing for another outcome altogether. Because of her childhood isolation and her mother’s other preoccupations, Lord Melbourne, her Prime Minister, becomes her professional and emotional life raft. I enjoyed seeing the historical settings and found some of the characters likable, but the thought of hours more of the whispering Albert is grating. Mammoth Screen Productions, 2016 8 episodes in first season Aired on ITV in UK, PBS in the U.S. The costumes, though are accurate, since I recognized quite a few from vintage pictures. As to historical accuracies, I know that there was some fudging. The youthful aspect is a large element of the earlier episodes, Victoria’s lack of confidence makes us sympathetic. Perhaps one becomes more dignified with age? But not only is he emotionally remote, he continually speaks in a half whisper that was extremely annoying. Brown (a truly splendid film), and was not always successful. Jenna Coleman is well cast as the young Victoria, a person whose youth was a bit hard to imagine, with so much more known about her in middle age and older. A second season of Victoria has already been announced and I’m hesitant about it. Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailPrintGoogleLike this:Like Loading… In fact, he disappears completely after her wedding to Albert. So I’ll have to determine if those disappointments are just too much to overcome. For one thing, Lord M was much older in actuality and not nearly as dashing as Sewell. My sister was prone to ignoring the historical facts and wishing devoutly that the Queen and Lord M had made a go of it. Victoria, the ITV/PBS series

May contain spoilers and irreverence. Victoria and Lord M (photo copyright of ITV)
Albert showed a more positive side when he spoke against slavery in Parliament and in his excitement of the newfangled railroad. Related