Victoria (2016– )
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Engine of Change 

A pregnant Victoria declares that in the event of her death Albert will become head of state, outraging members of the Tory party who fear a German prince holding sway over the nation and so they plan to disrupt his visit to the North.


Olly Blackburn


Daisy Goodwin (created by), Guy Andrews | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jenna Coleman ... Victoria
Tom Hughes ... Albert
Daniela Holtz ... Baroness Lehzen
Margaret Clunie ... Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland
Catherine Flemming ... Duchess of Kent
Simon Paisley Day ... Lord Chamberlain
Peter Bowles ... Duke of Wellington
Nigel Lindsay ... Sir Robert Peel
Basil Eidenbenz ... Lohlein
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Francatelli
Tommy Knight ... Brodie
Nell Hudson ... Skerrett
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Lady Emma Portman
Eve Myles ... Mrs. Jenkins
Robin Soans ... Sir James Clark


Albert is elated when he learns that Victoria is pregnant but she is fearful of dying in childbirth and wants to appoint him as regent for their child - which does not go down well with Wellington and his circle. Sir Robert Peel, however, who shares Albert's view on the importance of the railway, even converting Victoria to its advantages, proves to be an excellent ally to the prince and ensures that he is declared regent whilst the queen increasingly involves her husband in affairs of state. Below stairs Nancy Skerrett is charmed when Francotelli feeds her hot chocolate. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

4 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The locomotive "Planet" is a working replica of the original and was built in 1992 by the Friends of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. See more »


In the carriage of the train, as the camera pans out, you can see a crew member crouching, hiding in the last carriage. See more »


Victoria: It is a mistake to make one's mind up about a thing before one's tried it. Don't you think? The world is on the move, Sir Piers. Keep up.
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What's the First Thing to Think About
21 February 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

It's neat watching the affection grow between Victoria and Albert. At times she is stunningly in control, defying his wishes to have some power. But she does need him. Here we have the announcement of the royal pregnancy. The first thing that must be done in the possible death of the monarch is to appoint a regent. That person either becomes the ruler or, if the child lives, looks after him or her until they reach the age of acceptability to the throne. This is about how the monarchy meets the other forces in England. Robert Peele is becoming heroic. Though he is stern and unpleasant at times, he speaks his mind and the Queen and her husband like that. Albert, himself, is straightforward in his speech and manners. The new steam engine has divided the country. Some are excited about progress and others wish to maintain the world as it has been for centuries. Albert is fascinated with technology. The Queen is not quite so enamored but eventually shows her faith in her husband.

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