PBS brings “Victoria” to the screen in January

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PBS Distribution has just announced the upcoming release of Victoria as part of the Masterpiece programming, bringing the television series to Blu-Ray Disc and DVD in January.

Jenna Coleman stars as the young Queen Victoria at the outset of her epic reign, which set the stage for an entire era that would be named in her honor. The series follows Victoria from her accession to the throne at age 18, through her education in politics, courtship and marriage, painting a portrait of a monarch who was raised to be the pawn of her powerful elders but who wasted no time in showing the empire who was in charge.

The stellar cast includes Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, the British prime minister who was Victoria’s father figure and intimate friend; Tom Hughes as the handsome, brilliant and awkward Prince Albert, who stole Victoria’s heart after a rocky start; and Alex Jennings as Leopold I, King of Belgium, Victoria and Albert’s matchmaking uncle who had dreams of a dynasty for his obscure royal line—which he amazingly achieved.
Paul Rhys plays Sir John Conroy, the rumored lover of Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, a German princess played by German actress Catherine H. Flemming. Conroy pictures himself as the de facto ruler of the realm—if only he can get the duchess appointed regent for the immature queen. And Peter Firth appears as Victoria’s conniving uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who is convinced that he rightfully belongs on the throne and diligently conspires to get there.

“Victoria” will arrive in stores on January 31 and can be yours on Blu-Ray Disc for $59.99 and $49.99 on DVD.

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