Picking up a month after the birth of her first child, the new series sees Queen Victoria surprise the court when she insists on returning to her duties as soon as possible.

Having taken charge in her absence, adoring new father Albert decides not to trouble his wife with worrying news regarding the British soldiers in Afghanistan. However, as the reports worsen, Victoria grows increasingly suspicious that he and Prime Minister Robert Peel are hiding something from her.

Determined to reclaim her place with characteristic impulsiveness, Victoria brings in the formidable Duchess of Buccleuch as her new Mistress of the Robes and demands that former chef, Francatelli, return to the palace kitchens…

Earache’s lovely Anna Wilson-Jones, plays Emma Portman, a wry and clever woman who successfully used her friendship with the previous Prime Minister to secure a place as Victoria’s Lady-In-Waiting…while brilliant comedy actor Tom Price reprises his role as the Duke of Sutherland…

See Anna & Tom in “Victoria” from Sunday 27th August, 9.05pm on ITV1