ITV’s global hit drama ‘Victoria’, which has screened to critical acclaim and achieved record ratings in both the UK and America, returned to Yorkshire to film a third series in 2018. Produced by Mammoth Screen as a co-production with Masterpiece and created by writer and producer Daisy Goodwin, series 3 of ‘Victoria’ sees Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes return to reprise their roles as the young Queen and Prince Albert. Daisy Goodwin says that fans can expect “more drama than ever before” in the third season. Starting in 1848, the third instalment of the lavish drama will depict a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy. With revolutions on the continent and the Chartist movement reaching its peak in London, Victoria is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety. Praised for its opulent production values, Victoria is one of ITV’s most successful dramas, with the first series being the highest rating drama of 2016 on ITV.
Yorkshire has served the 19th century drama well, thanks to its rich portfolio of well-preserved stately homes and unique period locations. Church Fenton Studios provided the base for the central Buckingham Palace set, a hugely ambitious build and one of the largest standing sets currently in the UK. Other Yorkshire locations that are set to feature prominently in the third series include: Harewood House, Duncombe Park (standing in for the exteriors of Buckingham Palace), Newby Hall, Wentworth Woodhouse, Brodsworth Hall (the interiors of Osborne House; Queen Victoria’s cherished residence on the Isle of Wight), Carlton Towers, Bradford City Hall and Hull Old Town, which doubled for 19th century London. The beach at Flamborough Head stands in for Isle of Wight, with Temple Newsam also set to play a starring role alongside a range of historic York locations, such as Fairfax House, Merchant Adventurers Hall, King’s Manor (University of York), York Crown Court (featuring as Dublin City Hall) and The Eye of York. Additional locations that feature in series 1 and 2 include Castle Howard, Beverley Minster (as Westminster Abbey) and Whitby.