Victoria. The Complete First Season

Victoria. The Complete First Season

DVD - 2016
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Publisher: [Alexandria, VA] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, 2016
ISBN: 9781627899543
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SERIES (UK)
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approximately 415 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH)
Alternative Title: Victoria. Season one


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Jun 12, 2018

Most beautiful and heartfelt historical drama I've ever seen. I can see why it's so popular.

JCLMartyJ May 29, 2018

Better than Downton Abbey, not as good as The Crown. I do enjoy the sometimes unbelievable but historical facts that are woven into the stories. Victoria was an extraordinary woman who lived in interesting times!

Apr 08, 2018

As a huge fan of PBS masterpiece tv series (Poldark, Downton Abbey, Grantchester), this one did not disappoint. Absolutely loved Victoria! Jenna Coleman is an amazing actress and plays such a strong character. The casting, history, cinematic, and digital additions are all amazing. I have to be honest in saying that I didn’t know much about Queen Victoria prior and have been binge-watching this and can’t stop!

Mar 01, 2018

This is a great series on many levels. Historically accurate, spectacular scenery, designs, and costumes. Jenna Coleman gives a tremendous performance as Victoria. I was not expecting much from this but am now looking forward to season two.

Feb 24, 2018

I really liked it. The story, the acting was great, particularly Jenna Coleman (not to mention, she’s easy on the eyes), Tom Hughes, and Rufus Sewell. It’s going to be hard waiting probably a year before my library has Season Two.

Feb 18, 2018

Good season looking forward to watching Season 2!

Jan 05, 2018

Very binge-watch-able (hard not to, IMO). Excellent dialogue & engaging story. That it's based on real history (with info from Queen V's journals) makes it all the more remarkable.

Dec 20, 2017

I binged watched this in a single day. And then I went out and bought it. It's such a great show and I cannot wait to watch the next seasons. Victoria is complex and smart!

Nov 22, 2017

I admit I am the first one to complain about historical inaccuracies in movies. When this series originally aired earlier in 2017, I also happened to be reading the book "Victoria the Queen," by Julia Baird (an excellent book on Queen Victoria), and I was quite impressed at how faithfully this version of the story paralleled the known facts. Superbly cast and gorgeously shot. I was sad to see the series end and am greatly looking forward to the next one! if you love stories about the key figures in British history, this series is for you.

Oct 23, 2017

If you enjoyed and miss Downton Abbey, start watching the new television series Victoria and get ready to fight the urge to binge watch. What makes this series work even better than a fantastic series like Downton is that it does not require the flights of fancy of a group of writers who careen from one over the top unlikely tragedy to another to engage the viewer, but relies on the unfolding of history…with a measure of poetic licence.
The settings are rich - combining the sumptuousness of the wealthy royalty and aristocracy, the fresh beauty of a rural Britain with the dank dreariness of a pre modern age. The acting of the major and minor characters is superb. We get more than a bag of villains and heroes, rather we are treated to nuanced characters who feel real and are very entertaining.
Although we know that Victoria will rule for 63 years, produce a large family and survive her many childbirths and the challenges to her reign, the writers successfully create a tension with each crisis, making us fear for the young queen’s future. I imagine that if the real Queen Victoria could have seen this adaptation of her young life, she likely would have been amused.

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SnoIsleLib_BrianH Apr 21, 2017

Exerpt from New York Times Review By MIKE HALE JAN. 13, 2017

As palace-bound melodramas go, “Victoria” is perfectly easy to watch, as long as you don’t mind that it never for a second feels as if you were watching something that could actually have taken place in the mid-19th century. Central to this effect is the casting of Jenna Coleman as Victoria. She plays the queen in much the same way she played the Doctor’s companion on several seasons of “Doctor Who” — spunky, sharp-edged, thoroughly modern. She’s immensely likable, and not in the least believable as a historical monarch.

But Ms. Coleman is surrounded by people who give the series a little more weight, particularly Rufus Sewell as a pin-up version of Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister, on whom she has quite a bit more than a schoolgirl crush.


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