TV Review: Victoria (Series 2, Episode 7)
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This week's installment of Daisy Goodwin's depiction of the life of the great Queen Victoria continues to astound and educate audiences, with a deliciously dramatic episode packed with danger and excitement. After a melancholy few weeks, detailing the deaths of some much loved friends, this week provides some much needed excitement into the Queen's (and indeed our own) lives, kicking things off with an assassination attempt. They don't do things by halves in this series. This attempt was just one of the seven that would be made on Victoria's life throughout her lifetime, but the young Queen remains characteristically resilient and fearless in the face of violence, and remains perhaps the only member of court that does not fear for her life. This week, the royal party decide to retire to Scotland - a decision made partly down to the threat upon Victoria's safety, but also for the longing to escape court life and live a simple life in the "wilderness" - to whatever extent that that ideal can be acheived when you are the Queen of England. The episode creates an excellent atmosphere of hope and innocence, as the party drink in the clean air and peaceful serenity of the Scottish highlands, and once again we get to view Victoria as simply a young girl in love, rather than a monarch with the responsibility of the world on her shoulders.
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