Victoria Christmas Special: Comfort and Joy

Victoria Christmas Special: Comfort and Joy

Series 2

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Review

Prince Albert announces “Christmas is my favourite time of year!”
So in an effort to stop a pregnant and uncomfortable Victoria from playing endlessly dreary tunes on the piano he would like to hear, he says, “one of your English carols”.

This lavish, feature-length special from 2017 leaves us in no doubt about Albert’s huge contribution to what’s become the traditional British Christmas. Like bringing trees indoors. “I don’t hold with these foreign ideas,” tuts a servant as Albert (Tom Hughes) gets his axe and heads for the woods.

Albert is desperately trying to re-create what he remembers as the enchanting Christmasses of his and Ernst’s childhoods. But his memories are rose-tinted as poor Ernst, banished to a loveless life due to his nasty disease, has to tell his brother what really happened when they were kids.

The celebrations are sumptuous and include a little girl called Sarah, given to Victoria (Jenna Coleman) by an African monarch as a “gift”.

Summary

Feature-length festive special. It is Christmas 1846 and Victoria is uncharacteristically sad as she prepares to face her first Christmas without her beloved Baroness Lehzen, while Albert transforms the palace into a magical festive wonderland as he is gripped by an obsession with staging the perfect family Christmas. But tensions between the couple mount when the prince invites house guests to join the celebrations. Meanwhile, Skerrett inherits a large estate from an estranged uncle. Starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes.

Cast & Crew

Victoria Jenna Coleman
Prince Albert Tom Hughes
Duchess of Buccleuch Diana Rigg
King of Hanover Peter Firth
King Leopold Alex Jennings
Duchess of Kent Catherine Flemming
Skerrett Nell Hudson
Francatelli Ferdinand Kingsley
Brodie Tommy Knight
Duke of Coburg David Oakes
Penge Adrian Schiller
Wilhelmina Coke Bebe Cave
Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland Margaret Clunie
Cleary Tilly Steele
Lord Alfred Paget Jordan Waller
Sarah Zaris-Angel Hator
King Gezo Derek Ezenagu
Interpreter Leon Stewart
Cpt Forbes Ben Lamb
Mrs Forbes Catherine Steadman
Princess Gertrude of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Nina Pavlovic
Princess Vicky Hallie Woodhall
Princess Alice Bessie-Rose Bell
Winterhalter Oliver Walker
Jeweller Grant Gillespie
Flitch Andy de la Tour
Cinderella Fiona Finsbury
The Prince Sebastian Maclaine
Prince Bertie Mac Jackson
Director Jim Loach
Executive Producer Daisy Goodwin
Executive Producer Kate McKerrell
Executive Producer Damien Timmer
Producer Paul Frift
Writer Daisy Goodwin
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