ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November has today announced a major new drama series focusing on the life of Queen Victoria.
The 8-hour series of this ambitious landmark drama follows the early life of our longest reigning monarch, who leaves childhood behind when she ascends the throne at the tender age of 18.
Victoria will be made by Mammoth Screen, producers of Poldark (BBC One) and Endeavour (ITV), and the series is created and written by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut.
Daisy will serve as executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Endeavour, Indian Summers) and Mammoth Screen's Joint Managing Director Damien Timmer (Parade's End, Poldark). The project was developed by Mammoth Screen's Creative Director Rebecca Keane.
Casting is under way for the drama, which starts filming in locations around the UK from September.
Steve November said,
“This epic series is a chance to see the Victorian age through the eyes of the Queen herself for the first time. She's a vibrant, fascinating character whose legacy lives on today. Her life story is one that is by turns genuinely dramatic, romantic and surprising. We are delighted to be working with Daisy Goodwin, who knows her subject intimately and has brought her to life beautifully, and with Mammoth, who we know are masters of epic period drama.”
Daisy Goodwin said,
"I've been fascinated by Victoria since I started reading her diaries at university. She's a woman whose personality leaps off the page - a tiny 4 foot 11 teenager who overnight became the most powerful woman in the world, and her candour and spirit makes for an irresistible heroine. Victoria was the first woman to have it all; she had a passionate marriage, nine children and was grandmother to most of Europe's royalty, but she also had a job, being Queen of the most important nation in the world. It wasn't easy; her reign was beset by scandal and sleaze and it was only by sheer force of personality that she prevailed. Her diaries, all sixty two million words of them, give an astonishingly vivid picture of her transformation from rebellious teenager into, to my mind, our greatest Queen.”
Damien Timmer said,
"Queen Victoria's court is the perfect setting for an epic drama - a seething hotbed of scandal, corruption and romantic intrigue, involving everyone from the humblest dresser to the Mistress of the Robes, the lowliest bootboy to the Lord Chamberlain. When we join Victoria in 1837, England is unrecognisable from the country it will become by the end of her reign. As she takes her fledgling steps as monarch we slowly see modern Britain emerge.'
Victoria will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
About Daisy Goodwin
Daisy Goodwin studied History at Cambridge. She has written two novels set in the Victorian era, My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter, both bestsellers in the UK and America. She has worked as a journalist and edited nine poetry anthologies including The Nation's Favourite Love Poems. Daisy has had a long career in TV, devising shows including Bookworm, The Nation’s Favourite Poems, Home Front and Grand Designs. She was Editorial Director of Talkback Productions and founded Silver River Productions.
About Mammoth Screen
Mammoth Screen is one of the UK's leading independent production companies. Forthcoming work includes Poldark II and And Then There Were None for BBC One, Endeavour III and Black Work for ITV, Opposite Number for Channel 4, Tripped for E4 and Agatha Raisin for Sky One.