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MASTERPIECE: Victoria: Season 2 (FINALE ENCORE THIS SUNDAY NIGHT!)

Airs Sundays, Jan. 14 - Feb. 25, 2018 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV + Finale encore at 8 p.m. on March 4

JENNA COLEMAN as Victoria and TOM HUGHES as Albert.

Credit: Courtesy of Gareth Gatrell/ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE

Above: JENNA COLEMAN as Victoria and TOM HUGHES as Albert.

A woman’s place is on the throne.

7 VICTORIA Podcasts: Listen Now

Jenna Coleman (DOCTOR WHO) returns for a new season as the young queen who wants it all — romance, power, an heir, and personal freedom — on VICTORIA, Season 2, airing in seven episodes created and scripted by bestselling novelist Daisy Goodwin ("The Fortune Hunter"), premiering Jan. 14, 2018 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

S2: Trailer

What her country needs now is a queen. Season 2 of Victoria begins Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #VictoriaPBS

Joining the cast in the new season is legendary actress Dame Diana Rigg (GAME OF THRONES), who plays the Duchess of Buccleuch, the court’s new Mistress of the Robes — a fount of old-fashioned good sense for the queen, who is now in the throes of motherhood.

S2: The Cast on Dame Diana Rigg

The cast of VICTORIA on Season 2's new addition: Dame Diana Rigg. VICTORIA, Season 2 premieres Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #VictoriaPBS

Tom Hughes reprises his role as the queen’s dashing consort, Prince Albert, and Rufus Sewell (MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE) returns as the smoldering Lord Melbourne.

S2: Jenna Coleman on Rufus Sewell

Victoria star Jenna Coleman reflects on Rufus Sewell's return to the series. Victoria Season 2 premieres Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #VictoriaPBS

Also returning from last season are Victoria's first Prime Minister and intimate friend, Nell Hudson (OUTLANDER) as Nancy Skerrett, newly promoted to the queen’s chief dresser, whose secrets are yet to be revealed, and Ferdinand Kingsley (BORGIA) as Charles Francatelli, the royal chef whose love for Nancy was spurned at the end of Season 1.

The new season sees the return of Nigel Lindsay (ROME) as Sir Robert Peel, the reforming British prime minister, at odds with his sovereign over policy; Catherine Flemming ("No Place to Go") as the Duchess of Kent, Victoria’s manipulative mother, still battling her headstrong daughter; and Peter Bowles (TO THE MANOR BORN) as the Duke of Wellington, the hero of the Battle of Waterloo, now a retired prime minister and sage mentor to the queen.

Also back are Adrian Schiller (“Beauty and the Beast”) as Penge, the irascible head steward at the palace; Daniela Holtz ("The Forest for the Trees") as Baroness Lehzen, Victoria’s devoted governess since birth; and David Oakes (THE WHITE QUEEN) as Prince Ernest, Albert’s debauched older brother, who becomes Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on the death of their equally promiscuous father, played by Andrew Bicknell (THE ROYALS).

S2: New Characters

Series stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes give an introduction to the characters joining the cast in Victoria, Season 2. The new season premieres Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #VictoriaPBS

Season 2 finds Victoria adapting to motherhood after the birth of her first child, a daughter (to the disappointment of many).

Meanwhile, the disaster of the Anglo-Afghan War unfolds abroad, and the catastrophic Irish potato famine begins to wreak havoc.

In other foreign affairs, a royal state visit to France is in the offing.

Most intriguing to Prince Albert is the budding Industrial Revolution, which is now sweeping England.

There is Charles Babbage’s mechanical calculator, a collaborative project with the bewitching Ada Lovelace, daughter of the scandalous Lord Byron.

Then there is William Fothergill Cooke’s miraculous electrical telegraph, not to mention Marc Isambard Brunel’s daring — and dangerous — Thames Tunnel.

What an extraordinary time to be Queen!

S2: First Look

In celebration of Victoria Day, the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birthday, here’s a first look at season 2 of Victoria!

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1: "A Soldier's Daughter" and "The Green-Eyed Monster" airs Sunday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. & repeats Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. - New mother Victoria is impatient to return to the business of ruling a nation, while Albert attempts to protect her from the increasingly desperate news regarding British soldiers in Afghanistan. Victoria is thrown into turmoil by the realization that she is pregnant again, and her equilibrium is further threatened by Albert’s burgeoning friendship with the lady mathematician, Ada Lovelace.

Episode 2: "Warp and Weft" and "The Sins of the Father" airs Sunday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. & repeats Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. - Discontent is growing in the country, and Victoria throws a costume ball in a misguided attempt to help the silk weavers of Spitalfields – but the spectacular event only exposes her naivety, and an unexpected grief finally forces her to put childish things away for good. Despite giving birth to a healthy Prince of Wales, Victoria finds herself paralyzed by an inexplicable sorrow. Meanwhile, a tragedy in Coburg plunges Albert into his own private torment.

S2 Ep2: Preview

Discontent is growing in the country, and Victoria throws a costume ball in a misguided attempt to help the silk weavers of Spitalfields.

Episode 3: "Entente Cordiale" airs Sunday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. & repeats Sunday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. - Victoria decides to try her hand at foreign relations, and takes the royal court on an adventure to France, stepping toe to toe with the cunning King of the French, Louis Philippe.

S2 Ep3: Preview

Victoria decides to try her hand at foreign relations, and takes the royal court on an adventure to France, stepping toe to toe with the cunning King of the French, Louis Philippe.

Episode 4: "Faith, Hope And Charity" airs Sunday, Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. & repeats Sunday, Feb 11 at 8 p.m. - News of the horri c famine in Ireland has nally reached the Queen. She is adamant that her government should be doing more to help, but meets with surprising opposition from her Prime Minister.

S2 Ep4: Preview

In Episode 4 of VICTORIA, news of the horrific famine in Ireland finally reaches the Queen.

Episode 5: "The King Over the Water" airs Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. & repeats Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. - Feeling suffocated by the weight of the crown, Victoria escapes with her court to the Scottish Highlands. She and Albert revel in the opportunity to be a normal husband and wife, but the holiday can’t last forever.

S2 Ep5: Preview

Feeling suffocated by the weight of the crown, Victoria escapes with her court to the Scottish Highlands.

Episode 6: "The Luxury Of Conscience" airs Sunday, Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. & repeats Sunday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. - Victoria and Albert have to face their worst nightmare as parents, while Peel takes on the ultimate battle in Parliament. When tragedy strikes, they must confront the true cost of standing by your convictions.

S2 Ep6: Preview

Victoria and Albert have to face their worst nightmare as parents, while Peel takes on the ultimate battle in Parliament.

Episode 7: Season Finale airs Sunday, Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. & repeats Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. - It's Christmastime at the palace and Albert is intent on recreating the holiday joy he remembers from his youth. Victoria gets more than one surprise visitor and finds herself threatened by a relative. Meanwhile, the festive spirit sparks romantic tension throughout the palace.

S2 Ep7: Preview

Christmas brings surprise visitors, threats to Victoria, and romantic tension throughout the palace on the Season 2 finale of VICTORIA.

WATCH VICTORIA ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

In case you miss it - KPBS will rebroadcast each episode of Season 2 at 8 p.m. on the following Sunday before the new one begins.

Feed your binge watching desires! All 7 episodes of VICTORIA Season 1 are available for streaming via KPBS Passport.

REVIEWS:

Victoria’s first season, focusing on the teenage queen’s audacious upstaging of her handlers to chart her own path, delighted TV critics.

The Hollywood Reporter called Victoria “thoroughly enjoyable and addictive.”

“Royally entertaining,” proclaimed The San Francisco Chronicle, and “a sparkling gem,” said The New York Post.

“VICTORIA is a victory,” declared The Tampa Bay Times.

And, of course, the costumes and settings enchanted all: “A lavish production with impeccable period details,” penned Newsday.

VICTORIA: Costumes in Season 2

Victoria's costume designer explores the new looks, colors, and characters in Season 2. VICTORIA, Season 2 premieres Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #VictoriaPBS

VICTORIA SWEEPSTAKES:

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Start your adventure with a special trip extension to Oxford and iconic Highclere Castle, then board ship to experience the dramatic landscapes and cultures of the British Isles, stopping at scenic ports in England, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and return to the U.S. out of Bergen, Norway.

The Grand Prize includes VICTORIA merchandise from shopPBS. Grand Prize ARV $23,736. Sweepstakes entry also provides a chance to win 1 of 4 Monthly Prizes: VICTORIA merchandise from shopPBS. ARV of each Monthly Prize: $150. Prize winners are responsible for payment of all tax obligations.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION:

MASTERPIECE is on Facebook, Pinterest, and you can follow @masterpiecepbs on Twitter. #MasterpiecePBS #VictoriaPBS

Author Daisy Goodwin is on Facebook, and you can follow @DaisyGoodwin on Twitter.

S2: Cast Takes Fan Questions

VICTORIA stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes answer fan questions!

CREDITS:

A co-production of Mammoth Screen and MASTERPIECE. It is created, written and executive produced by Daisy Goodwin. It is being executive produced by Mammoth Screen Managing Director Damien Timmer, Kate McKerrell and once again produced by Paul Frift for Mammoth Screen. Rebecca Eaton is the Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE, presented by WGBH Boston. Directors for the series are Lisa James Larsson, Geoffrey Sax, Jim Loach and Daniel O'Hara. VICTORIA is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

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