ITV orders second series of successful royal drama Victoria
ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill and ITV's Director of Television Kevin Lygo announced today that critically acclaimed Victoria has been recommissioned for a second series from screenwriter Daisy Goodwin and producers Mammoth Screen.
The first series starred Jenna Coleman as the young Queen alongside Tom Hughes as Prince Albert. It launched at the end of August and has been a huge ratings success, with the series averaging 7.7 million viewers and 29.7% share of viewing, based on consolidated overnights. This makes it the top rated ITV drama of the year so far.
ITV's Director of Television, Kevin Lygo said: "Mammoth and Daisy Goodwin have brought the characters so vividly to life in this series, and we're thrilled with the reception for Victoria. We're pleased to be able to confirm that Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will return to continue the story on ITV."
Victoria is produced for ITV by respected drama indie Mammoth Screen. Daisy Goodwin will again be writing and executive producing the series, alongside Mammoth Screen's Damien Timmer and Kate McKerrell (Lost in Austen). The second series will once again be produced by Paul Frift. ITV's Senior Drama Commissioner Victoria Fea will oversee production of the second series from the Network's perspective. Victoria is a co-production with MASTERPIECE on PBS, with Rebecca Eaton serving as executive producer. Victoria premieres on MASTERPIECE on PBS on January 15, 2017.
Even though she reigned in the 19th Century, Victoria is a heroine for our times. In the next series she faces the very modern dilemma of how to juggle children with her husband and her job. As Victoria will discover, it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth!
Daisy Goodwin , Screenwriter
Following the audience response to Victoria we are delighted that the extraordinary Jenna Coleman will be returning to her throne for a second series. The next few years of Victoria's reign are packed full of extraordinary real life events, with constitutional crises, scandals at court and personal challenges aplenty for the Queen and Prince Albert. God Save the Queen!
Damien Timmer , Managing Director, Mammoth Screen