Following critical acclaim and record ratings in both the UK and America, this summer saw the return of ITV’s Victoria, produced by Mammoth Screen. The hugely popular drama is filmed at Church Fenton Yorkshire Studios alongside some of Yorkshire’s best loved period locations and stately homes. Victoria is set to return to ITV once more in 2017 for a Christmas special!
Once again written by creator and executive producer, Daisy Goodwin, the brand new eight-part season will see Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Me Before You) and Tom Hughes (Paula, The Game) face new challenges both at home and abroad as they reprise their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Resuming one month after the first series ended, the new season establishes Victoria as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and Queen. However, Prince Albert is still struggling to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife as she returns to her duties, intent on proving that she can be both a mother and dedicated Queen.
Sally Joynson, Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire, said: ‘’When we first proposed the former RAF hangar at Church Fenton as a studio to Mammoth Screen, we knew it could be a game changing moment for Yorkshire, but we couldn’t have hoped for a greater reception to ‘Victoria’. We’re incredibly proud to have had a role in bringing the production to the region – it’s a magnificent international showcase, not only for Yorkshire’s historic houses and locations, but also for our world class crews, whom the production itself says are ‘second to none’.’’
Whilst Church Fenton Studios was the central production base for the lavish period drama, ‘Victoria Series 2 also filmed at many of Yorkshire’s rich portfolio of stately homes and period locations, including; Bramham Park, Harewood House, Allerton Castle, Beverley Minster, Ripon Cathedral, Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth Castle, Temple Newsam House and Duncombe Park.
Picking up a month after the birth of her first child, the new series sees Queen Victoria surprise the court when she insists on returning to her duties as soon as possible.
Having taken charge in her absence, adoring new father Albert decides not to trouble his wife with worrying news regarding the British soldiers in Afghanistan. However, as the reports worsen, Victoria grows increasingly suspicious that he and Prime Minister Robert Peel are hiding something from her.
Determined to reclaim her place with characteristic impulsiveness, Victoria brings in the formidable Duchess of Buccleuch as her new Mistress of the Robes and demands that former chef, Francatelli, return to the palace kitchens.
Meanwhile, Albert’s family descend on the palace for the Christening of baby Vicky and their dynastic plotting only intensifies Victoria’s sense of frustration. Convinced that the truth is being kept from her, Victoria seeks answers from the Duke of Wellington.
Screen Yorkshire announced the major new film & TV space in Church Fenton between Leeds & York in June, after securing an exclusive deal with the property’s owner Makin Enterprises. Since then the content financier has been working behind the scenes to re-purpose the site for film and TV use. Comprising three aircraft hangars (each over 30,000 sq ft and 36 ft to beams, office space, garages, workshops, extensive parking, roadways and runways, the site is ideal for large scale productions such as Victoria.