THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Monday 1 September, 8.30pm
This film peels away the stereotypes to reveal a surprisingly different picture of Queen Victoria. In modern times Queen Victoria is traditionally thought of as not only a thoroughly regal figure but also a dowdy one, unsmiling and forbidding. That image is highly misleading. The real Victoria was a creature of extraordinary passions. She was headstrong and stubborn, prone to wild tantrums and uncontrolled outbursts of romantic feeling. Her passions would lead her into one of the greatest romances in history with Prince Albert; entangle her in scandalous relationships with her Prime Ministers and her servants; and set her on a collision course with her Royal court, her family and her public. Drawing on authentic letters and diaries, this film features extensive drama reconstructions, shot on location at Victoria’s various residences including Windsor Castle, Osborne House, Balmoral and Holkham Hall.