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The costumes! The sets!

Thanks to Masterpiece on PBS, we’ve found our new favorite British drama. It’s Victoria, an atmospheric chronicle of the life of Great Britain’s Queen Victoria.

The first season begins in 1837, when a teenaged Victoria is crowned queen. The series follows her trials and triumphs as she learns to navigate the procedures of politics and the court as well as her relationships with those around her, including her advisor, Lord Melbourne, and her future husband, Prince Albert.

Victoria has been widely praised since its premiere in the U.K. on ITV in 2016 and in the U.S. on PBS in 2017. The series also has the honor of being one of the highest-rated dramas to appear on PBS in 20 years. The show was created and co-written by Daisy Goodwin, and it stars Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Me Before You) as Queen Victoria; Rufus Sewell (The Holiday, The Illusionist) as Lord Melbourne, her advisor; and Tom Hughes (Silk, London Town) as her husband, Prince Albert.

Queue up season one, and prepare to be dazzled by the series’ sumptuous costuming and lavish set design. Palaces, gardens, throne rooms—Masterpiece knows how to dress a scene, and we love to lose ourselves in them.

Victoria has been renewed for a third season with no word yet on when it will be released. In the meantime, you can watch the first two seasons of Victoria on Prime Video or on Masterpiece with a PBS Passport subscription. 

For additional recommendations in the vein of Victoria and The Crown, check out more of our favorite new shows, including Howards End and Call the Midwife.

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Have you seen the first two seasons of Victoria? Will you tune in when season 3 is eventually released? We simply can’t wait.