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'Victoria' Is About To Become Your Biggest Non-Guilty Pleasure

Tatiana Dokuchic
@tatiana-dokuchic
2 years ago
1,653 posts

'Definitely going to give this a shot!

Victoria' Is About To Become Your Biggest Non-Guilty Pleasure

Do you miss "Downton Abbey" with every fiber of your period-piece-loving being? Fear not, Victoria is here to ease your suffering. The PBS drama tells the story of a young Queen Victoria as she finds her footing as England's unlikely regina and falls in love with Prince Albert, the most emo man of all time.

The show can best be described as stunning, addictive, "why am I not an 18th century English royal?" inducing, and ridiculously romantic — i.e. exactly what you need to get you through this winter.




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Tiamat Windstorm von Hirvi
@tiamat-windstorm-von-hirvi
2 years ago
326 posts

My fellow Dr. Who fans should be very pleased by the casting.




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Tatiana Dokuchic
@tatiana-dokuchic
2 years ago
1,653 posts

Mark your calendars! Premiering January 15, 2017




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Lady Aphrodite Macbain
@lady-aphrodite-macbain
last year
22 posts
Tatiana Dokuchic:

'Definitely going to give this a shot!

Victoria' Is About To Become Your Biggest Non-Guilty Pleasure


Do you miss "Downton Abbey" with every fiber of your period-piece-loving being? Fear not, Victoria is here to ease your suffering. The PBS drama tells the story of a young Queen Victoria as she finds her footing as England's unlikely regina and falls in love with Prince Albert, the most emo man of all time.


The show can best be described as stunning, addictive, "why am I not an 18th century English royal?" inducing, and ridiculously romantic — i.e. exactly what you need to get you through this winter.





It is worth seeing simply to watch Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne **swoons**

Tiamat Windstorm von Hirvi
@tiamat-windstorm-von-hirvi
last year
326 posts

Yes, it proved a good way to watch Rufus Sewell...I enjoyed it! And not only him and Jenna Coleman. I was interested in the whole of it. I laughed aloud when I saw how much the throne room looks like the one in our Buckingham - and Jacon tells me that he and Twelfth are already considering the matter of textures earlier than the sources they found when they were building. I enjoyed seeing the interpretations of the people I've been studying for our Georgian period work, and the Whig and Tory politics. I enjoyed the rats and the tallow...so far, so good, and definitely a date for next Sunday.




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Jacon Cortes
@jacon-cortes-de-bexar
last year
245 posts

Ahoy.....well wow...who stole our Buckingham?...where to start ....I just watched it last night and I must say it is a pretty good show so far.  I was struck by the exterior of Buckingham and how similar it is to our version.  When Twelfth first told me she had seen it, my first thought was....omg....we should be able to see the rooms as they were before Victoria did any redecorating and adding.  When she moved in, William IV had just passed and he hated Buckingham so never lived there.  It would have been just as John Nash had envisioned.  

I will have to watch it again, as they move from room to room...so I can get my bearings.  I do see a red throne room.  I really would love to get it closer to the original version.  I did though come across an article on the set design.  

From set designer Michael Howells, "“There's not much early reference to what the interiors of Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace were like,” he says. “We had to go on the style. We decided to pitch it more Georgian and Regency so that it's still minimal and quite formal.”

Seems we were not the only ones that ran into this problem of finding what the interior looked like when it was finished during William.  I do remember being told once there was a book with the descriptions of each of the rooms.  I could have sworn something about the Blue Drawing Room being red and black.

All in all i am already hooked.  Besides the Prime Minister, who I agree is swoon-able, I only have eyes for the palace so far.  Yay...:))




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Merry Chase
@merry-chase
last year
154 posts

Not only Dr Who--look downstairs and you find Torchwood. As for Lord M, he reminds me of Gabriel Byrne and that is not a bad thing. 

I'm pleased they found a way to incorporate some below-stairs stories. As always, I'm more into the commoners than the royals. The machinations for getting ones "perks" delightfully echo the political intrigues upstairs. 

A good start, and I look forward to seeing characters develop. Thanks for the heads-up!

Tatiana Dokuchic
@tatiana-dokuchic
last year
1,653 posts

Well that was most enjoyable!  I don't know much about Victoria so I was blissfully unaware of any historical inaccuracies.  I'm wondering what those of you who are more up to speed on her life & times thought?




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Tiamat Windstorm von Hirvi
@tiamat-windstorm-von-hirvi
last year
326 posts

According to the author interview that PBS aired right after the last episode of the season, the author is drawing heavily on Victoria's own diaries. Certainly some key details are right - the white wedding gown, the packing off of her mother's over-controlling "friend." I've gathered from other sources that Victoria was never actually recorded as having said "We are not amused" but I was quite amused by her use of the line in the show, while in bed with her husband. Having been pregnant and grumpy about it myself - without the added annoyance of a nation waiting impatiently on the outcome as though nothing else about me was important, or the reasonable terror induced by maternal mortality rates of the age - yes, Princess Charlotte did die in childbed, helped along by the incompetence of the doctor in attendance - I empathize with the attitude portrayed.




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Merry Chase
@merry-chase
last year
154 posts

Yes, Victoria became a much more human and sympathetic character for me, when we saw her facing the same terrors that confronted all pregnant women of her era. 

The relationship between Victoria and Albert is charming. Not without conflict, and not too sappy, I think it was very well written and well played. I hope their real relationship was much like what we saw on the screen.

Tiamat Windstorm von Hirvi
@tiamat-windstorm-von-hirvi
9 months ago
326 posts

The Irish famine episode generated tears in my real-life household, and not only for old sacrifices and economic politics. Governments in many countries are still generating malnutrition among their people through excessive consideration for the bank accounts of their well-to-do supporters. The more things change...




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Tatiana Dokuchic
@tatiana-dokuchic
9 months ago
1,653 posts
Tiamat Windstorm von Hirvi:

The Irish famine episode generated tears in my real-life household, and not only for old sacrifices and economic politics. Governments in many countries are still generating malnutrition among their people through excessive consideration for the bank accounts of their well-to-do supporters. The more things change...

I agree, Tiamat.  Horrible.




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Mansur Marawi
@mansur-marawi
9 months ago
60 posts

I've begun to watch this (late, being an American) and I am all in! It is a fun and fascinating show. I agree that the 'downstairs' characters are as intriguing as the 'upstairs' ones. For me, given that I am writing a novel that takes place during the end of the Napoleonic wars, it is a weird and wonderful treat to see the show's take on characters from 'my era' later in their own lives: Lord M goes from Caro Lamb's famously cuckolded husband to PM; Wellington from his famous victory at Waterloo to... PM. Was everyone at Lady Richmond's ball a future PM? lol. I kid. 




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Tatiana Dokuchic
@tatiana-dokuchic
9 months ago
1,653 posts

I found the second season most enjoyable.  Spent oodles of time googling different characters to see how close the show comes to reality and learned quite a bit about a period of time I don't really know much about.

Looking forward to season three!




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Tiamat Windstorm von Hirvi
@tiamat-windstorm-von-hirvi
9 months ago
326 posts

Let's see, Mansur...not exactly PM, but Lady Conyngham, who became the firm bulwark between George IV's natural indolence and Wellington's desire that George do his day job, was at Lady Richmond's ball, too.




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