ITV has confirmed that its biggest hit drama this year, ‘Victoria’, will return for a second series and Xmas special in 2017. Fans of the acclaimed first series are rejoicing at the news, which was announced by writer Daisy Goodwin on twitter in the run up to the final episode on Sunday 09 October.
Programme makers have also confirmed that ‘Victoria’ will once again be based in Yorkshire, with the intention to return to Church Fenton Studios, the large scale film & TV facility that Screen Yorkshire launched in Selby District in 2015, shortly before securing the landmark production for the region.
On set at Church Fenton Studios
Jon Williams, Director of Production, Mammoth (Poldark, Black Work), said of selecting Church Fenton Studios for series 1:
“One of the easier decisions we had to make on Victoria was where to base the production. The hangar studios at Church Fenton, with all the surrounding offices, store rooms and car parking, were the perfect place to build the interior of Buckingham Palace. There are very few places where one can build a ballroom, a throne room and vast corridors all under one roof. Best of all, Church Fenton is right in the heart of the most beautiful part of Yorkshire, with good access to excellent crews and some of the most striking locations in England.”
‘Victoria’ spent seven months filming in the region as producers Mammoth recreated the central Buckingham Palace set in Screen Yorkshire’s Church Fenton Studios. It is the first time that Yorkshire has been able to host a major drama that required such large scale studio space, marking a shift in the industry landscape for Yorkshire.
Whilst Church Fenton Studios was the central production base for the lavish period drama, hosting around half of the Yorkshire shoot, ‘Victoria’ also filmed at many of Yorkshire’s rich portfolio of stately homes and period locations, including; Harewood House, Newby Hall, Castle Howard, Temple Newsam, Allerton Castle, Beverley Minster, Bramham Park, Carlton Towers, Wentworth Woodhouse, Whitby Pier, York City Centre. Creative England provided crew and locations support and helped with securing filming permissions for the shoot.
The ambitious 8-part first series follows the early life of Queen Victoria from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Audiences were captivated with Jenna Coleman’s Victoria, flanked first by Rufus Sewell as Lord M, Victoria’s first prime minister before meeting with the love of her life Prince Albert, played by Tom Hughes’.
Jenna, Rufus and Tom were joined by a stellar ensemble cast including Paul Rhys, Peter Firth and Catherine Flemming.
‘Victoria’ is 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 serves as executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Endeavour, Indian Summers) and Mammoth Screen’s managing director Damien Timmer (Parade’s End, Poldark).
Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster, He Knew He Was Right, Starter for Ten) directs the first three episodes and Paul Frift (Doctor Who, That Day We Sang, Room at the Top) produces the landmark series.
Find out more about Church Fenton Studios at www.churchfentonstudios.co.uk