It’s Official: PBS to Air 'Victoria' Season 3 in January 2019

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria in Season 2 episode "The Luxury of Conscience" (Photo:  Courtesy of ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE)

Victoria, Season 2 MASTERPIECE on PBS Episode Six - "The Luxury of Conscience" Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 9pm ET 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. Shown: Jenna Coleman as Victoria For editorial use only. ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE

The highly anticipated third season of period drama Victoria has an official U.S. airdate!

Mark your calendars: Season 3 will begin on Sunday, January 13.

Stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will reprise their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Season 3 will begin in 1848 as the royal couple faces the challenges of their growing family and worries that the riots and revolutions breaking out across Europe will make their way to England’s shores.

“It’s a time when the whole of Europe is falling apart,” creator Daisy Goodwin said during PBS's session at the biannual Television Critics Association Press Tour. “French kings were getting thrown off the throne, there were riots in Berlin. It’s all going pear-shaped.”

How much of Victoria’s multi-decade reign will Season 3 cover? We’re not sure. But what we do know is that it won’t get to 1861. Goodwin has promised that Albert will be part of the full season, meaning we won’t have to face his death just yet.

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What will Season 3 have in store for us? Well, actress Kate Fleetwood is joining the cast as Victoria's sister Theodora, who will create her own fair share of drama in the Royal household. (She's been married off to a penniless German prince and may or may not experience some jealousy over the fact that her elder sister is living it up as Queen of England.)  Other recognizable faces we'll see in Season 3 include Inspector Lewis star Laurence Fox, who'll be playing the charismatic Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston. 

Fans of the show shouldn’t be too surprised about this Season 3 airdate news. The first two seasons also broadcast in January, taking over the coveted Downton Abbey slot after that series wrapped. It’s a compliment really, and a testament to Victoria’s ratings success Stateside. 

However, also like Downton before it, that means we’ll spend a few extra months waiting after our friends across the pond have already seen it. There’s no official ITV broadcast date set as yet, but if past is prologue Season 3 will likely transmit in the early Fall in the U.K. 

Are you looking forward to more Victoria? What do you hope to see in Season 3? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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