Victoria (2016– )
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The Sins of the Father 

The royal court celebrates the birth of the queen's second child but Victoria struggles to bond with her newborn son. A crisis compels Albert to return to Coburg and upon arrival learns a terrible family secret.


Geoffrey Sax


Daisy Goodwin (created by), Ottilie Wilford | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jenna Coleman ... Victoria
Daniela Holtz ... Baroness Lehzen
Robin Soans ... Sir James Clark
Tom Hughes ... Albert
Leo Suter ... Drummond
Nigel Lindsay ... Sir Robert Peel
Andrew Bicknell ... Duke of Coburg
Chiara Goldsmith Chiara Goldsmith ... Liesel
Nell Hudson ... Skerrett
Samantha Colley ... Eliza
Catherine Flemming ... Duchess of Kent
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Francatelli
Adrian Schiller ... Penge
Tommy Knight ... Brodie
Tilly Steele Tilly Steele ... Cleary


Victoria gives painful birth to a son but severe natal depression prevents her from bonding with him. Unable to support her Albert returns to Germany where he is shocked to learn of his true paternity. Learning also of Leopold's intention to marry Ernest to a dour Spanish princess the unhappy Albert gets very drunk and leaves in a hurry. Back in England Victoria, helped by the Duchess of Buccleuch, begins to resume public appearances whilst Nancy Skerrett has to admit that she took the place of her pregnant impoverished cousin Eliza to obtain work, Eliza now having sold the story of the palace break-in to the papers. Victoria intends to dismiss her but Albert, nursing his own secret, steps in to save her job. Written by don @ minifie-1

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21 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The song Victoria sings with Albert accompanying her at the piano is Franz Schubert's lied "Du bist die Ruh'" (You are rest and peace). See more »


Albert learns that Leopold intends to marry Ernst to Princess Isabella of Spain. It was, in fact, Isabella's mother who considered Ernst as a possible husband for her daughter. See more »


Prince Ernest: I will tell you the truth. I am not going to marry Princess Alda... cos she is not a woman, she is a thistle.
Prince Albert: Uncle Leopold would not marry a thistle.
Prince Ernest: And I will not, either. I think I need another drink.
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Not Historical, Fiction
7 January 2020 | by flash-104See all my reviews

While remaining entertaining drama, this episode of Victoria has jumped the shark as historically accurate fiction; none of the most prominent things probably happened. The Upstairs revelation, while consistent with the historical record (though not the casting), is only a theory, and not the most likely one. The mandatory Downstairs plot has finally abandoned the pretense of a connection between the names of its characters and real people. The connection between the two plots has succumbed to the mandatory twenty-first century trope that characters in an historical drama, of whatever century, are only admirable when their attitudes are actually from 1968, and make them disregard their duties in their actual time.

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