Season 01, Episode 02 – “Ladies in Waiting”
With Lord Melbourne’s popularity in the house waning, the Tories eagerly await triumph. Victoria’s uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, sees a chance to prey on her vulnerability and establish a co-regency.
The ambitious eight-part drama follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her accesion to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was our longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on 9th September this year. Rufus Sewell stars as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister. The two immediately connected and their intimate friendship became a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilise the Government – angering both Tory and Whigs alike.