It seems filming has begun for the new series of Victoria after Jenna Coleman shared this teasing snap on her Instagram account. The actress captioned the photo 'Guess who back. Blue eyes back #crackingwallpaper'. The photo looks to have been taken at the Temple Newsam Estate near Leeds where filming of the new series is taking place.
The show also shared this very exciting snap of the series three script on their Instagram!
Victoria's new series
If you enjoyed the Christmas special as much as we did, you'll no doubt be on tenterhooks to find out about series three of ITV's Victoria. And we have good news! Series three is definitely going ahead and writer Daisy Goodwin has said it will 'explore sexual tensions in the Royal marriage'. It's likely to see Jenna Coleman's Victoria on a 'sex strike', fearing she would become pregnant again.
"She has six children in eight years - which is a lot - and there are some gaps, so I wonder whether there may have been some withholding [of sex] on both sides," says Daisy. The writer also speculates that the Queen felt displaced when, during pregnancy, her husband Albert took the wheel with ruling.
When will Prince Albert die?
Both Jenna and Tom Hughes (who plays Albert) will be returning for series three, but there's no word on which series will see the sad death of Prince Albert, who died in 1861.
When does series three of Victoria start?
We don't have a confirmed start date for series three, but we do know the action will start in 1848, which was a time of European revolutions.
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Series three news
ITV have confirmed that Lewis star Laurence Fox will portray Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston in the next instalment of the drama, and Kate Fleetwood will take on the role of Queen Victoria’s (Jenna Coleman) mysterious sister Feodora.
Tom Hughes will reprise his role as Prince Albert in the upcoming third series and John Sessions will play Prime Minister John Russell.
Daisy Goodwin, who created and co-wrote the first two seasons, said: "Victoria and Albert are the most famous couple of the 19th century, but underneath the united facade, their relationship is at breaking point and it is a struggle for mastery that neither side can win."
Lily Travers is to portray the Duchess of Monmouth, and Nicholas Audsley, David Burnett and Emily Forbes will join the cast as new characters in the eight-part series.
Daisy confirmed in December that a new season had been commissioned and will include "more drama than ever before".
She said: "Series three will start in 1848 which was a hugely dramatic and eventful time for both the royal family and Europe, with revolutions on the continent and uncertainty around the monarchy.
"Viewers can expect more drama than ever before in the third series."
The new series will depict the British monarchy's struggle through the 1848 revolution.
Daisy previously said: "If there were to be a series three, it would include the revolution which was sweeping across Europe, in 1848, and Victoria and Albert think they're going to lose their throne.
"Albert and Victoria will face a very difficult path emotionally, and personally.
"And there will be lots of surprises, and new characters that you might not know about, and that people won't be expecting. And an interesting new political dynamic.
"I think it will be will all change."
You might recognise a few familiar faces from series two of Victoria
We were sad when Call the Midwife's Emerald Fennell (nurse Patsy Mount) left the heart-warming show but delighted when she joined the cast of Victoria for series two as Lord Byron's daughter, Lady Ada Lovelace.
Other familiar faces who joined the stellar cast for the second series were Dame Diana Rigg, best known for her role as Emma Peel in The Avengers. She played the Duchess of Bucchleuch, Victoria's new mistress of the Robes.
Line Of Duty star Martin Compston also popped up in the series as Dr. Robert Traill, a campaigner who is raising awareness of the potato famine in Ireland in the 1840s.
Fans of the show will be pleased to learn that returning series one cast members were Nigel Lindsay (Sir Robert Peel), Peter Bowles (Duke of Wellington), Neil Hudson (Skerett) and Ferdinand Kingsley (chef Francatelli).
Series two is set six weeks after the events of the series one finale, and followed Victoria as she faces adversity both at home and abroad, all while trying to get that work-life balance just right as a monarch and new mother. But, similar to Prince Phillip in The Crown, her husband, Albert, will struggle with being the less powerful person in the marriage, and battles to find his place and purpose.
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