I’m a huge fan of BBC productions! In fact, Nora, the heroine of my upcoming book True to You, has a passion for British movies and mini series and television shows that was inspired by my own enthusiasm for the same.
After completing Downton Abbey and season #1 of The Crown, I’ve been indulging my BBC love with Netflix episodes of Call the Midwife. But then I heard that PBS was airing a series called Victoria via Masterpiece Theater, based on the life of Great Britain’s Queen Victoria. My interest was piqued!
I’d watched the 2001 BBC mini series entitled Victoria and Albert and enjoyed it.
I’d also watched the 2009 British movie The Young Victoria. Delightful! Especially the scene directly following the shooting. Swoon-worthy.
Last year, my daughter decided (with some persuasion from me) to dress up as Queen Victoria for the Walk Down History Lane parade at her school. For the accompanying research project we read a biography called Who Was Queen Victoria?, written for kids.
Our tri-color Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (pictured above) looks just like Dash, Queen Victoria’s spaniel (pictured below)….
All that to say, I had a bit of familiarity with Victoria’s story.
But, oh, how I’ve loved this new production! The first three episodes are good. They center on Victoria’s assumption of power, the ensuing political jostling, Victoria’s family relationships, and her reliance on Lord Melbourne (played by the wonderful Rufus Sewell). I watched those episodes in the usual way — one at a time, days apart.
In episode 4, Albert takes the stage. It was after that, as the romance between Albert and Victoria unfolded, that I suddenly found that I could not put down my remote control. I’d intended to behave responsibly and watch only episode 4, then go to bed at a reasonable hour so that I’d be ready for my 6:30 wake up alarm. Instead, I binge-watched episodes 4, 5, 6, and 7 in ONE EVENING and staggered to bed around 1am.
Why? Because of the love story.
I can feel the chemistry between these two. And even though Albert is stiff, awkward, a touch on the skinny side, and often sporting a side-waterfall of hair that I don’t personally care for, he completely drew me in for one reason. I BELIEVED in his love for Victoria. I bought it. And so I hit ‘Play’ on episode after episode.
Which romantic TV shows, mini series, or movies have captured your heart lately? I’m always looking for recommendations!
And now — a giveaway! Victoria and Albert wrote love letters to one another. Letters also play a role in a top secret writing project that I’ve been working on recently. [For more about that project, check back in the next time I blog or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.] In the spirit of Victoria & Albert and my upcoming project, I thought it would be fun to offer two boxes of love note cards to you! These blank note cards are made by Graphique, my favorite stationery brand.
To enter for a chance to win, click here or on the graphic below. You’ll simply need to follow me on Amazon and then you’ll be automatically entered. It takes 2 seconds! Good luck everyone. Happy love note writing.
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