Ladies in Waiting

Series 1 - Episode 2 Ladies in Waiting



In part two of Daisy Goodwin’s lush costume drama, young Victoria (Jenna Coleman) feels isolated and lonely. She clearly has a crush on her prime minister, Lord Melbourne (played by Rufus Sewell, so why wouldn’t she have a crush on him?) But he suffers a hard parliamentary blow and wants to resign.

There are Downton-esque scenes with fictional below-stairs characters that tend to get in the way (there’s even a wicked Machiavellian Thomas Barrow butler-type baddie) when really, we want to stay upstairs, with the Duke of Wellington (Peter Bowles) and Peter Firth as the wicked Duke of Cumberland.

As for young Victoria – it’s her 19th birthday, but her party is spoiled by unwelcome guests.


As Lord Melbourne's popularity in the house wanes, the Tories eagerly await their imminent triumph, while the Duke of Cumberland views it as a chance to prey on his niece's vulnerability and establish a co-regency with the Duchess of Kent and Conroy. Victoria is devastated when Melbourne regretfully announces he is stepping down and even more bewildered that she must ask complete stranger Sir Robert Peel to form a government, and she desperately implores Melbourne to return. Period drama, starring Jenna Colman and Rufus Sewell.

Cast & Crew

Victoria Jenna Coleman
Lord Melbourne Rufus Sewell
Duke of Cumberland Peter Firth
Duke of Wellington Peter Bowles
Duchess of Kent Catherine Flemming
Baroness Lehzen Daniela Holtz
Skerrett Nell Hudson
Francatelli Ferdinand Kingsley
Brodie Tommy Knight
Sir Robert Peel Nigel Lindsay
Mrs Jenkins Eve Myles
Sir John Conroy Paul Rhys
Penge Adrian Schiller
Duke of Sutherland Tom Price
Lord Portman Robin McCallum
Lord Chancellor Richard Dixon
Lord Hastings Julian Finnigan
Sir James Hayter Guy Oliver-Watts
Lady Emma Portman Anna Wilson-Jones
Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland Margaret Clunie
Lord Melbourne's butler Michael Parkhouse
Duchess of Cumberland Nichola McAuliffe
Lord Alfred Paget Jordan Waller
Sir James Clark Robin Soans
Ratcatcher Dan Carey
Drunken swell Joe Standerline
Director Tom Vaughan
Executive Producer Daisy Goodwin
Executive Producer Damien Timmer
Executive Producer Dan McCulloch
Producer Paul Frift
Writer Daisy Goodwin
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