You know, and share, my devotion to the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, now in its second season. The episodes are not coming out quite fast enough for me. Daughter and I sigh together at all the same parts. It’s escapism with a dash of political history, a soap opera with class (in at least two senses of the word). And several actors whom I would gladly watch read the phone book, if phone books were not now relegated to historical fiction themselves. (Young people! There used to be a large floppy book with everybody’s address and phone number in it! Couples used to fight over when it was ok to throw out old ones! Our house was a yearly contest between Team Immediately and Team Never.)
Since I’ve got a full-on case of Victoriamania, I’m so grateful for your recommendation of The Young Victoria. This 2009 movie tells the same story as the first season of Victoria. Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend play the royal couple, and Paul Bettany the divine Lord M.
The differences in casting and interpretation are striking. It’s quieter than the Masterpiece version, and it made me think about how nice it would be if the love stories of ordinary people were told with such close observation and sympathy. (The New York Times did not like it as much as I did, but they are spoilsports over there sometimes.)
Well worth a portion of lazy Sunday.