ITV has ordered a second series of Victoria from screenwriter Daisy Goodwin and producers Mammoth Screen.
Victoria has performed strongly for ITV since launching at the end of August against rival drama Poldark on BBC1, which is also produced by Mammoth Screen.
ITV said the series had averaged 7.7 million viewers and 29.7% share of viewing, based on consolidated overnights. This makes it the top rated ITV drama of the year so far.
ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo said: "Mammoth and Daisy Goodwin have brought the characters so vividly to life in this series, and we’re thrilled with the reception for Victoria. We’re pleased to be able to confirm that Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will return to continue the story on ITV."
Goodwin will again be writing and executive producing the series, alongside Mammoth Screen’s Damien Timmer and Kate McKerrell (Lost in Austen). The second series will once again be produced by Paul Frift.
ITV’s Senior Drama Commissioner Victoria Fea will oversee production of the second series from the Network’s perspective.
Victoria is a co-production with MASTERPIECE on PBS, with Rebecca Eaton serving as executive producer. Victoria premieres on MASTERPIECE on PBS on January 15, 2017.
Daisy Goodwin said: “Even though she reigned in the 19th Century, Victoria is a heroine for our times. In the next series she faces the very modern dilemma of how to juggle children with her husband and her job. As Victoria will discover, it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth!”
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