'Victoria' Will Return for Season 3

(Photo: Courtesy of ITV Plc)

Victoria On MASTERPIECE on PBS *SPECIAL TWO-HOUR PREMIERE* SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017 AT 9PM ET Continues Sundays, January 22 – February 19, 2017 at 9pm ET Season Finale on Sunday, March 5 at 9pm ET Episode Four – "An Ordinary Woman" Sunday, February 5 at 9pm ET Courtship at court leads to second thoughts and other complications. Will Victoria and Albert take the fateful step into matrimony? And will the queen promise “to obey” her foreign prince? Shown from left to right: Tom Hughes as Prince Albert and Jenna Coleman as Victoria (C) ITV Plc

It’s official: Victoria has been renewed for a third season!  

Ahead of the series’ Season 2 return in America next month, PBS and ITV announced that stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes would both be back for the third run of the popular period drama, which chronicles the early life and reign of Queen Victoria.  

Season 3 is expected to start filming next year, and while we don’t know too much about what we’ll see in it, creator Daisy Goodwin did offer up a few hints. “Series three will start in 1848 which was a hugely dramatic and eventful time for both the royal family and Europe, with revolutions on the continent and uncertainty around the monarchy,” she said in a press release. “Viewers can expect more drama than ever before in the third series.”

Several official accounts connected with the show immediately confirmed and started celebrating the news earlier this week. 

A royal announcement we can all raise a glass to - Series 3 of #Victoria is official! pic.twitter.com/QF2jbmOLiI

— Official Victoria (@VictoriaSeries) December 12, 2017

Victoria will be back after the Christmas Special for Series 3! @mammothscreen @VictoriaSeries #Victoria pic.twitter.com/zWI1FfWHNZ

— ITV Studios (@itvstudios) December 12, 2017

The season 2 premiere of #VictoriaPBS is just around the corner – January 14 at 9/8c – AND we’re excited to announce that it has already been renewed for season 3! For more details visit https://t.co/mNaurMwlII. pic.twitter.com/AsMhvfCN8q

— Masterpiece PBS (@masterpiecepbs) December 12, 2017

No one should really be surprised by this news. By pretty much any standard, Victoria has been a great success for both ITV and PBS. More than 16.2 million U.S. viewers tuned in for Victoria’s first season, making it the highest-rated drama on PBS in 20 years—second only to Downton Abbey. (Which was, if we’re all honest, a magical ratings behemoth completely unto itself.) 

It’s still nice to have confirmation that our assumptions are correct though. For American fans, this news comes before Season 2 even airs here, which means that we can enjoy the new episodes safe in the knowledge that we have many more to come in future.

Victoria’s millions of fans now have two more seasons to look forward to,” said Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “We promise them more of the passion and intrigue they relished in season one.”

Victoria Season 2 kicks off here in America on January 14. Are you looking forward to it? 

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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