A Show of Unity

Series 3 - Episode 5 A Show of Unity



To begin with, I was sceptical about Laurence Fox and his dry turn as Lord Palmerston, but I've come round. In fact, he's now in danger of stealing the show. The role is made for Fox’s ability to mix haughty and louche, drawling out his lines like a sort of Victorian Fonz, and in control of every scene and every conversation.

This week, he’s on home ground for a change as Victoria and Albert visit Ireland and stay at Lord P’s estate, scandalised by his open marriage arrangements. Meanwhile, the other actor in danger of stealing the show, Laurie Shepherd (nine) shines too, as Prince Bertie gets a new tutor. Plus, of course, things are hotting up between the duchess and the footman.


An attempt is made on the queen's life, and she discovers the would-be assassin was motivated by the political unrest dividing Ireland. Determined to resolve the situation, she arranges a royal visit despite Albert's objections. During the trip, she meets Palmerston's wife and learns more about their unconventional marriage.

Cast & Crew

Victoria Jenna Coleman
Prince Albert Tom Hughes
Lord John Russell John Sessions
Lord Palmerston Laurence Fox
Duke Charles of Monmouth Nicholas Audsley
Abigail Turner Sabrina Bartlett
Joseph David Burnett
Princess Feodora Kate Fleetwood
Brodie Tommy Knight
Mr Caine Edwin Thomas
Duchess Sophie of Monmouth Lily Travers
Lord Alfred Paget Jordan Waller
Lady Emma Portman Anna Wilson-Jones
Prince Bertie Laurie Shepherd
Princess Vicky Louisa Bay
Emily Palmerston Pandora Clifford
Rev Hannam Richard Earl
Magee Fergal McElherron
Cardinal Ronan Christopher Dunne
Irish mayor Trevor Murphy
Director Chloe Thomas
Executive Producer Daisy Goodwin
Executive Producer Damien Timmer
Executive Producer Kate McKerrell
Producer David Boulter
Writer Guy Andrews
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