‘Victoria’ Season 2: A woman’s place is on the throne

Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece begins Sunday Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.

Last winter, more than 16.2 million viewers tuned in for the premiere season of “Victoria,” making it one of the highest-rated dramas on PBS — second only to “Downton Abbey.”

The “Masterpiece” series returns Sunday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. for its seven-episode season two about the young queen who wants it all — romance, power, personal freedom and an heir — by bestselling novelist Daisy Goodwin. A third season of the critically-acclaimed series has already been announced by ITV and Masterpiece on PBS.

Season two finds Victoria adapting to motherhood after the birth of her first child. 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 on the horizon.

Most intriguing to Prince Albert is the budding Industrial Revolution, which is now sweeping England. Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace are collaborating on a mechanical calculator, while other bright minds of the age are contemplating a miraculous electrical telegraph and even a tunnel under the Thames.

This year, the cast, led by Jenna Coleman as the young queen, is joined by legendary actress Dame Diana Rigg, who plays the court’s new Mistress of the Robes — a fount of old-fashioned good sense for the young mother.

Revisit Season one on Arizona PBS Sunday nights at 8 p.m., beginning Dec. 17, or on watch online with Passport.

Season two airs Sundays at 8 p.m., beginning Jan. 14. The first two episodes are two hours long; subsequent episodes are one hour long. Each week, the previous week’s episode will re-air before premiering the new episode begins at 8 p.m.

Or, avoid spoilers and be the first to know how it ends! Passport members can stream all of “Victoria” Season 2 as soon as it premieres. Get Arizona PBS Passport today or read more about Passport here.

Victoria is a co-production of Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece. It is created, written and executive produced by Daisy Goodwin. Mammoth Screen Managing Director Damien Timmer, Kate McKerrell (“Lost in Austen”) executive produce and Paul Frift (“Room at the Top”) produces for Mammoth Screen.

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