The Queen's Blog 1 - Angela Bloomfield
With Victoria returning for a second season, Angela Bloomfield gives the low down on the costume drama.
If you haven’t watched the first season of Victoria, go now, find it, and watch.
This classic costume drama will fill the Downton Abbey shaped hole in your heart, following a young Victoria through the glorious halls of Buckingham Palace, managing manipulative men and her new oversized crown.
When you return, we can duke out whether you’re Team Lord M or Team Albert. (I say Rufus Sewell for the win!)
If you’re still here, you know Albert is her everything and Victoria has just given birth the first of nine babies, TO HER COUSIN! All under the watchful eye of the government.
It’s certainly a very different time, with very different perspectives, as the first episode of Season 2 reveals - Victoria has to contend with being treated as an invalid after the birth of her first child.
The thing I love about this character, played by the gorgeous Jenna Coleman, is how upfront she is in the face of such reserved judgement and tradition.
Young Victoria is aspirational, and quite modern for her time, which is why the people around her, especially her husband, struggle to keep up.
The writer, Daisy Goodwin, a history major, wrote her dissertation on Queen Victoria’s relationship with the media, so there is no one more fit to tell this story.
Both Daisy and Jenna have read the real Queen’s many journals. It’s rumoured she wrote 2500 words a day, but after her death, parts of the journal were redacted, so this show has a hefty dose of poetic licence, which is why I think it’s so successful.
It’s serving the history of this mighty Queen, with all the twists and turns of a soap opera.
I’m really looking forward to Season 2. It’s pitched to be about her ‘struggle to bond with her new baby and adjusting to motherhood, while chomping to return to her state duties.’
I think many woman can relate to this, obviously on a slightly different scale. I certainly wasn’t ruling a country, but redefining who you are as a person once you become a mother is constantly challenging.
Your children are your everything, and at the same time, you want to get back to work and prove yourself. Roar, the mighty woman who wants it all.
So before Victoria started wearing only black and looking like Judi Dench, she was a beautiful (according to this show, wink wink) somewhat liberal, feminist, making it known she is ‘more than a breeding mare.’
If only they had contraception in those days, as 10 jumps on the sofa just ain't gonna cut it, she could have had a great sex life and not so many heirs.
Although, if current royal news is anything to go by, having lots of children seems to be the aim.
- Angela Bloomfield
Angela is a New Zealand actress and director, known for her work on cult favourite Shortland Street.