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To celebrate the highly anticipated new season of hit historical drama Victoria, TVNZ takes you back to when the reign began. From August 11, binge Season 1 - the landmark account of the life of one of history’s greatest monarchs on TVNZ OnDemand.

Starring Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and an ensemble cast of award-winning talent, the ambitious drama series follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from the ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18, through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Victoria went on to rule for 63 years and was our longest serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on 9th September 2015.

Drawing on real-life events and the Queen’s own exhaustive diaries, Victoria paints a vivid portrait of her transformation from an impulsive 18-year-old to her early years as wife, mother and head of a global empire.

A saga of interlocking circles, stretching from the upper echelons of the royal court to the below-stairs staff, this is a story of passionate affairs, power struggles and unrequited love. At the centre of which stands the new Queen - a strong, complex and wilful woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon.

With cinematic production values, stunning costumes and beautifully written scripts, Victoria is TV at its finest.

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