Jenna Coleman’s New Series Victoria Is Set To Replace Downton Abbey On PBS

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Credit: PBS

Fans of Doctor Who and Downton Abbey will have something to look forward to next year.

While Downton Abbey is closing its doors soon, PBS already has its replacement lined up. Victoria, a new series about a young Queen Victoria, is set to air on PBS in 2017. The new series will take over the timeslot currently held by Downton Abbey.

PBS made the announcement on Monday as it was rolling out its plans for the new year.

Victoria will most likely delight fans of Doctor Who as it stars its recently departed companion Jenna Coleman. Coleman left the long running sci-fi show after three year tenure as the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald.

For her new series, Coleman will be the titular English monarch.

Victoria is slated to be an eight-part drama that will follow Victoria from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18, through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. The English queen was quite famous for her candor and spirit. In a time where women were thought to only have their place in the world as a companion, she truly was the first woman who seemed to have it all: a passionate marriage, nine children, and the job of being Queen of the world’s most important nation. Victoria’s often tumultuous reign lasted for 63 years; she was England’s longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II in September 2015.

PBS is quite excited to add this series to the mix as it is definitely what their viewers are interested in. “‘Victoria’ has it all: a riveting script, brilliant cast, and spectacular locations. And it’s a true story! This is exactly the kind of programming MASTERPIECE fans will love,” shared Rebecca Eaton, Victoria‘s executive producer.

Coleman is joined by Rufus Sewell, Tom Hughes, Alex Jennings, Paul Rhys and Peter Firth in the cast.

Look for it in 2017!

Erika Negrón Rivera
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