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Victoria to return for second series

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Victoria to return for second series

'Victoria' has been commissioned for a second series.

The ITV period drama proved such a huge hit with viewers since it arrived on screens last month starring Jenna Coleman as the late monarch and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert that it's been given the go-ahead for another series.

ITV's Director of Television, Kevin Lygo said: "We're thrilled with the reception for 'Victoria'. We're pleased to be able to confirm that Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will return to continue the story on ITV."

Bosses were spurred on to bring it back for another series after it jumped ahead of the BBC's 'Poldark', which is on at the same time over the weekend, in the ratings war.

An insider explained: "It has increased its ratings lead over 'Poldark' every week and it is a genuine hit."

Producers are also hoping to export 'Victoria' worldwide as they believe it could emulate the success of international hit 'Downtown Abbey', which came to an end in December 2015 following five years on screen.

The source told The Sun newspaper: "They're hoping it will be popular in the US who love the royal family and lapped up 'Downton Abbey'."

The news of a second series for the drama comes after it was recently teased that there would be some "steamy scenes" coming up over the next few weeks as the relationship between Victoria [Jenna] and Albert [Tom] starts to heat up following their wedding last weekend.

Writer Daisy Goodman said: "Well it depends what you mean by steamy, we've got a sauna scene, haven't we?"

In the same interview, Daisy described characters Victoria and Albert as "a very sexy couple" and even teased she was "quietly confident" about a second series for the show.

'Victoria' continues on ITV on Sundays at 9pm.