The Best Episodes of Victoria

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2019

The story of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism – and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image and become “grandmother of Europe”.

Young England

#1 - Young England

Season 1 - Episode 8

A heavily pregnant Victoria is frustrated by both Albert and her mother's attempts to confine her to the Palace. Cumberland arrives in London, hoping that Victoria may die in childbirth, as he is still the heir Presumptive. Determined to show herself in public, Victoria goes for a drive and is accosted by an unhinged admirer, desperate to free her from her ‘German tyrant'. Whilst Victoria is taken aback, she is resolute that it will not frighten her and despite Albert's misgiving, goes out again.

star 8.15
1,349 votes
Writers: Daisy Goodwin
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The King Over the Water

#2 - The King Over the Water

Season 2 - Episode 7

After a series of assassination attempts, the queen is forced to seek sanctuary far from the palace. She and Albert travel to the Scottish Highlands, an area that has always fascinated her, but proves to be far from the romantic retreat she had fantasised about. However, travelling incognito gives both the royal couple and their servants a freedom they do not often experience.

star 8.05
807 votes
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The Luxury of Conscience

#3 - The Luxury of Conscience

Season 2 - Episode 8

Albert resents Lehzen's influence over the queen, and fears she is putting the health of their child at risk. The prince also unwittingly creates problems for Peel, who is facing the most important battle of his political career as he takes a stand against the corn laws, only to find that Albert has played into their enemies' hands. When tragedy strikes, personal and political sacrifices must be made. Last in the series.

star 8.02
711 votes
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Faith, Hope and Charity

#4 - Faith, Hope and Charity

Season 2 - Episode 6

As news of the horrific famine in Ireland reaches the Queen, Victoria is adamant that her government should be doing more to help. However, Prime Minister Peel is trapped, knowing that to send food to the Irish would destabilise his party and jeopardise his career. With Albert blinded by his trust in Peel, Victoria begins to question her own convictions.

star 8.00
784 votes
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Foreign Bodies

#5 - Foreign Bodies

Season 3 - Episode 4

When Albert leaves the Palace for Cambridge, Victoria faces the traumatic impact of a cholera epidemic on the streets of London.

star 7.98
133 votes
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The Clockwork Prince

#6 - The Clockwork Prince

Season 1 - Episode 4

Prince Albert arrives in England for the first time, and he and Victoria take an instant dislike to each other in an awkward first encounter. Below stairs, Albert's valet clashes with the royal servants, while Skerrett is visited by a girl in need of money.

star 7.97
1,463 votes
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The Engine of Change

#7 - The Engine of Change

Season 1 - Episode 7

The queen becomes pregnant, and declares that Albert will become head of state in the event of her death. The developments outrage members of the Tory party, who fear a German prince holding sway over the nation and make arrangements to disrupt his visit to the industrial north. The consort finds an unlikely ally in Sir Robert Peel, who seeks royal approval for the rapidly developing railway. At first, Victoria does not approve, but soon changes her mind when she experiences Peel's creation for herself.

star 7.97
1,355 votes
Writers: Guy Andrews
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The Queen's Husband

#8 - The Queen's Husband

Season 1 - Episode 6

Albert feels he needs a greater role in public affairs, and becomes involved in the anti-slavery movement. Victoria matches wills with the Duke of Sussex to see that her husband is granted more respect, while Skerrett faces a dilemma when she realises that the only person who can save her cousin and child from certain death is the man she trusts the least.

star 7.94
1,374 votes
Writers: Daisy Goodwin
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London Bridge is Falling Down

#9 - London Bridge is Falling Down

Season 3 - Episode 2

Victoria must decide whether to fight the Chartists with force or allow them to present their petition.

star 7.91
183 votes
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Warp and Weft

#10 - Warp and Weft

Season 2 - Episode 3

Discontent is growing in the country, and upon hearing the pleas of a silk weaver of Spitalfields, Victoria decides she must help. Against Peel and Albert's advice, she hatches a plan: a fantastic medieval ball at the Palace, where the attendees have to wear costumes made from Spitalfields silk.

star 7.91
894 votes
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Entente Cordiale

#11 - Entente Cordiale

Season 2 - Episode 5

Concerned that the pending marriage of King Louis Philippe of France's son to the Spanish Queen will form a dangerous alliance, Victoria sets sail on her first voyage to the continent in an attempt to deter the wily French King.

star 7.88
830 votes
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An Ordinary Woman

#12 - An Ordinary Woman

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Victoria's efforts to secure Albert a settlement are rejected by parliament, both she and her fiance start to fear for their future together. As the wedding draws ever closer and the tension escalates, will Victoria and Albert manage to reconcile their differences in time?

star 7.88
1,408 votes
Writers: Daisy Goodwin
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Doll No 123

#13 - Doll No 123

Season 1 - Episode 1

In 1838, at the age of 18, young princess Alexandrina's life is transformed when she ascends the throne of Great Britain and becomes Queen Victoria. Suddenly finding herself freed of the repressive shackles placed on her by her mother's advisor, Conroy, she builds a new alliance with the charismatic prime minister Lord Melbourne.

star 7.88
1,785 votes
Directors: Tom Vaughan
Writers: Daisy Goodwin
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Brocket Hall

#14 - Brocket Hall

Season 1 - Episode 3

A Chartist uprising in Newport underlines the instability of the monarchy. King Leopold suggests to Victoria that she consider Prince Albert as a possible consort, a development that results in the young queen being surrounded by suitors.

star 7.85
1,498 votes
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A Soldier's Daughter

#15 - A Soldier's Daughter

Season 2 - Episode 1

Picking up a month after the birth of her first child, the new series sees Queen Victoria surprise the court when she insists on returning to her duties as soon as possible.Having taken charge in her absence, adoring new father Albert decides not to trouble his wife with worrying news regarding the British soldiers in Afghanistan. However, as the reports worsen, Victoria grows increasingly suspicious that he and Prime Minister Robert Peel are hiding something from her.Determined to reclaim her place with characteristic impulsiveness, Victoria brings in the formidable Duchess of Buccleuch as her new Mistress of the Robes and demands that former chef, Francatelli, return to the palace kitchens.Meanwhile, Albert's family descend on the palace for the Christening of baby Vicky and their dynastic plotting only intensifies Victoria's sense of frustration. Convinced that the truth is being kept from her, Victoria seeks answers from the Duke of Wellington.

star 7.80
1,032 votes
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Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown

#16 - Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown

Season 3 - Episode 1

Revolution sweeps across Europe and pressure builds on Victoria with new arrivals at the Palace.

star 7.79
243 votes
Directors: Geoffrey Sax
Writers: Daisy Goodwin
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Ladies in Waiting

#17 - Ladies in Waiting

Season 1 - Episode 2

Lord Melbourne's resignation as Prime Minister leaves Victoria devastated. As Lord Melbourne's popularity in the house wanes, the Tories eagerly await their imminent triumph, while the Duke of Cumberland views it as a chance to prey on his niece's vulnerability.

star 7.78
1,560 votes
Directors: Tom Vaughan
Writers: Daisy Goodwin
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The Sins of the Father

#18 - The Sins of the Father

Season 2 - Episode 4

The royal court celebrates the birth of the Queen's second child, but Victoria alone is unhappy as she struggles to bond with her newborn son. A crisis compels Albert to return to Coburg, separating the couple for the first time since their wedding. Skerrett makes a disastrous mistake, while Drummond's relationship with Lord Alfred comes under threat.

star 7.78
870 votes
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The Green-Eyed Monster

#19 - The Green-Eyed Monster

Season 2 - Episode 2

The queen suspects that her husband is attracted to another woman, and discovers that she is pregnant with a second child - leaving her concerned that motherhood will dominate her life and reign, at the expense of any other possibilities. Below stairs, new dresser Cleary thinks that the palace is haunted, but Brodie believes there is a natural explanation for the events that have frightened her.

star 7.77
908 votes
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Et in Arcadia

#20 - Et in Arcadia

Season 3 - Episode 3

At Osborne House, Albert relishes the opportunity to instruct the family away from London, but Victoria is desperate to get back to the Palace and the business of politics.

star 7.73
166 votes
Directors: Geoffrey Sax
Writers:
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