TV Review: Victoria (Series 2, Episode 4)
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After last week's heart-wrenching episode, we had hoped that this week's instalment of Victoria would be a little lighter. However, staying true to the perfect combination of accuracy and drama, Daisy Goodwin and co. have produced another episode that showcases an eventful time in the young Queen's life. Already struggling with the sorrow from last week's episode, whilst also raising a newborn and conducting an investigation into the civilian intrusion to the palace, this week throws some more heartache into the mix, as if it couldn't get any worse.
This week it was Albert's turn to struggle, as the Prince - who is ofted relied upon to remain strong at the best of times - receives news of his father's death. Whilst in Coburg paying respects to his father, he learns of an earth-shattering family scandal concerning his Uncle Leopald and his brother, Prince Ernest, which puts his entire childhood into question. His drunken escape provides quite the comedic relief however, as the Prince drinks the night away, feeling "as if I have elves around my person". We've all been there Albert. #relatable. Indeed, Tom Hughes' difficult storylines were stunningly composed, as his performance of the troubled prince was both incredibly moving and remarkably human. Meanwhile, the young Queen removes herself from court and public life, as she adorns her mourning attire and continues to mourn two of her most beloved friends. She also continues to suffer with post-natal depression following the birth of her second child (of nine!), after a "distressing" birth, conducted through the aid of forceps. Yikes.
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