ITV’s new flagship period drama Victoria launched last night, hoping to fill the Downton-shaped hole on Sunday evenings and steal a march on the BBC’s own big hitter Poldark, which returns in the same 9pm slot in a week’s time.
We scoured Twitter, and asked RadioTimes.com readers to send us their reviews, and overall the reaction to both the series and Jenna Coleman as the young queen, was positive.
“Victoria was a masterpiece!” said RadioTimes.com reader Thomas Chapman. “The whole thing. The sets, the costumes the actors just everything screamed perfection! Jenna showed a brilliant sense of struggle, showing us a real picture of what it must have been like for Victoria when entering the throne at 18.”
“Jenna Coleman, exquisite in her role as Victoria, commanded every scene,” said reader Secretary Bird. “A beautifully paced high value production.”
There was even a positive review from someone claiming to have some personal experience of royal life…
Well that was bloody marvellous. #Victoria
— Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (@HRHCatherine) August 28, 2016
But it wasn’t just Ms Coleman who received rave reviews – it seems everyone fell a little bit in love with Rufus Sewell as her broodingly handsome confidant Lord Melbourne…
Can I have Rufus Sewell as my private secretary please? #Victoria
— Roz Laws (@rozlaws) August 28, 2016
— Kat B (@kat_ya_b) August 28, 2016
Although one viewer did point out that the real Lord Melbourne may not have had quite the dashing good looks of Mr Sewell…
— The Website Copy & Bio Copywriter #tech (@gillianography) August 28, 2016
There were mixed feelings, too, about the ads breaking up the 90-minute opening episode…
“Enjoyable tosh, but I shall not be watching any more because of the unacceptable amount of time occupied by advertising. Greedy ITV.” – Richard Deacon
Well I’m loving #Victoria but I’m never going to put peach on a pizza, no matter how many times Sainsburys tell me to…
— Tam (@Tshilham) August 28, 2016
At least the ads gave people a chance to brush up on their history…
Thank god for the ads – gives you time to google various historical figures #Victoria
— Jane Hill (@JaneHillNews) August 28, 2016
Most seemed interested in scandals surrounding Lady Flora Hastings and – back to the dashing Mr Sewell again – Lord Melbourne, with these two pieces being particularly well read…
And it seems we weren’t the only ones to notice the proliferation of former Doctor Who stars joining ex-companion Jenna Coleman in Victoria, either…
I love how the #Victoria cast is 50% made up from the cast of Doctor Who and its spin-offs
— katie ミ☆ (@Kaaaaatie_x) August 28, 2016
By the end of episode two, Gwen Cooper will reveal that she's from Torchwood and Clara has been brainwashed to think she's Queen. #victoria.
— Steve Hyett (@SteveHyett) August 28, 2016
How many did you spot?
Victoria continues tonight, Bank Holiday Monday, at 9pm on ITV