This eight-part drama features an all-star cast including Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert. The monarch's life is chronicled as the story begins with the death of King William IV in 1837, her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 and her relationships with the influential forces around her. With the advice of the prime minister Lord Melbourne and the support of her husband Prince Albert the young queen flourishes and establishes herself in her newfound role.
Make no mistake — Victoria (Jenna Coleman) is our heroine, and we watch her fight to hang on to her power through ballrooms, staterooms, and royal chambers. The show offers an appreciation for an 18-year-old queen, as well as a surly glare at the institutions and men who tried to constrain her. [T]he character becomes a compelling protagonist because of Coleman’s tenacity at playing the teen queen and the sly magic she’s able to weave with the smallest shift in her face...The result is a show that’s very different and much pulpier than "The Crown" and its attendant elegance. It doesn’t wield the weight or depth of that Netflix gem, but depending on your appetite for royal camp, Victoria boasts plenty of moments where it’s far more deliciously fun.--Alex Abad-Santos, Vox, January 15, 2017