*Slight Spoiler Ahead*
Jenna Coleman, the star of ITV’s (PBS in the US) Victoria – about the eponymous queen – told a BBC Radio presenter that Season 3, which just finished its run in the UK this week, might be all she wrote for the British period drama series. Could Season 3 really spell the end of such a popular costume drama?
As various media sites are reporting, including Digital Spy:
“We don’t know yet,” she told Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show. “It’s definitely going to take a break, bit of a breather and then we’re working out… there’s a lot of conversations, do you start at the Crimean War, or do you start later?
“I mean there’s too much story, unless I literally did commit until I am 63.”
Ending the show after Season 3 would be a real shame, especially since the final episode ended on a cliffhanger. Then again, can a historical drama, based on history that already happened, really ever have a true “cliffhanger” ending? Maybe not.
In any case, it’s terrible imagine that we’ve seen the last of Jenna Coleman’s Queen Victoria. She’s done a phenomenal job making the character her own, as has a talented supporting cast including Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) and Lord Palmerston (Laurence Fox).
At the end of Season 3, Victoria is still only around 30 years old. There’s a veritable goldmine of biographical material going forward – her later years with Prince Albert, the Crimean War, her years as a widowed recluse, and even her mysteriously passionate friendship with the Scottish gamekeeper John Brown.
Let’s hope this isn’t truly the end. The show was a quiet reverie – really great escapist TV that was beautifully filmed and had great, great atmosphere.