Victoria season 2 - all you need to know
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It’s almost time for Victoria to return to our screens.

So close in fact that ITV released a new full-length trailer for the second series last week, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the British drama, which stars Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria.

The first eight-part series followed Victoria’s ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18, depicting the challenging initial years of her reign and courtship with the brooding Prince Albert.

Series two is set to air this autumn and will continue the story of the young monarch as she faces fresh trials and tribulations both at home and in her duties to her country.

With new cast members, added drama and even more extravagant set and costume designs, here’s everything you need to know about the new series.

When will Victoria series 2 return?

Victoria season 2 - all you need to know
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ITV announced a second series renewal back in September last year, before the first series had even concluded.

As the new trailer confirms, Victoria will return this autumn for another eight episodes, with a two-hour Christmas Special later in the year.

We’re still waiting on an exact air date but the show is anticipated to make a comeback in late August or early September.

The first series began on August 28.

If we’re going by the first series’ schedule, it should once again air on Sunday nights at 9pm on ITV.

What part of Victoria’s reign will the plot cover?

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The first series covered the years between Queen Victoria’s ascension in 1837 and the birth of her first child in 1840.

Series two is set to catch up with Victoria and Albert six weeks after the series one finale, as the new parents are adapting to having a child while juggling their individual responsibilities.

It will be set in the 1840s, which saw Victoria give birth a further five times after her first daughter was born (and another three times during the next decade).

This time period saw a great famine and more political unrest in Britain, in addition to subsequent assassination attempts on the Queen.

What else can we expect from the continuing story?

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ITV has said that the new series will see Victoria facing ‘the very modern dilemma of how to juggle children with her husband and her job.’

The young monarch famously hated being pregnant, while Albert was seen as a natural when it came to fatherhood, so series two will explore the challenges both face with the new addition to their family.

Victoria will have to balance being a mother and a wife with ruling a nation and showing a united front to a country that’s full of poverty and deprivation.

In 1845 there was a Potato Blight in Ireland, which caused the death of over a million people and led to Victoria being called The Famine Queen.

She donated thousands of pounds to the relief efforts and this is likely to be part of the continuing storyline in series two.

Which new and returning faces will be starring in it?

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Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes are returning as the treasured lovebirds Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Pictures shared by cast members on Twitter revealed that David Oakes (Albert’s brother Prince Ernest) and Nell Hudson (Victoria’s royal dresser Miss Skerrett) will also be back for round two.

Given Skerrett was involved in an unresolved romantic storyline with Ferdinand Kingsley’s royal chef, Francatelli, there’s every chance Kingsley will be back too.

Alex Jennings (King Leopold), Nigel Lindsay (politician Sir Robert Peel) and Daniela Holtz (Baroness Lehzen) are also set to return.

Rufus Sewell’s return as the dependable Lord Melbourne hasn’t been confirmed but we’ve all got our fingers crossed for that one.

As for new cast members, the inimitable Diana Rigg (who recently played the fearsome Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones) is joining the upcoming season as the Queen’s Mistress of the Robes, the Duchess of Buccleuch.

The new series will also star Martin Compston (Line Of Duty) and Denis Lawson (New Tricks), as campaigner Dr Robert Traill and the Duke of Atholl respectively.

Any more teasers from the trailer?

‘Do you remember kissing me before we were married? Everything was simpler then.’

The new trailer shows Victoria struggling with motherhood and monarchy, musing over the simpler (if you can call them simple) days when she first fell in love with Albert.

Things have certainly got a lot more complicated since then, with the trailer revealing plenty of drama both inside and outside the palace walls.

Expect extravagant royal events, adventurous outdoor pursuits, romance, dancing, babies, beautiful sets and Diana Rigg just generally being amazing.