Novelist Daisy Goodwin is writing a period drama about the early life of Queen Victoria for ITV.
Made by the production company behind Poldark, Mammoth Screen, the eight-part drama will imagine Britain’s longest reigning monarch “who leaves childhood behind when she ascends the throne at the tender age of 18.”
“I’ve been fascinated by Victoria since I started reading her diaries at university. She’s a woman whose personality leaps off the page – a tiny 4 foot 11 teenager who overnight became the most powerful woman in the world, and her candour and spirit makes for an irresistible heroine,” says Goodwin, who will write and executive-produce the period drama.
“Victoria was the first woman to have it all; she had a passionate marriage, nine children and was grandmother to most of Europe’s royalty, but she also had a job, being queen of the most important nation in the world. It wasn’t easy; her reign was beset by scandal and sleaze and it was only by sheer force of personality that she prevailed. Her diaries, all 62 million words of them, give an astonishingly vivid picture of her transformation from rebellious teenager into, to my mind, our greatest queen.”
Victoria will be Goodwin’s screenwriting debut, but the novelist, who has published historical novels My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter, isn’t a stranger to TV. Her career as a producer includes Grand Designs, Pulling, Property Ladder and If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home.
Casting is currently under way for the drama, which will start filming in September.