British

Tales from the Royal Bedchamber

 

Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, snuggles up with Britain’s monarchs to uncover the fascinating secrets of the royal bedchamber. From Hampton Court to Hever Castle to the great English country manors, Worsley shows the opulence of Royal State bedrooms and explains how these private spaces were once very public hubs of English politics and policy. It was in these rooms that royal marriage ceremonies were held, royal births were observed by crowds eager to verify the baby’s sex. Even the process of creating royal babies took place in a semi-public context, Worsley says, because everyone had a stake in its outcome.

 

Victoria on MASTERPIECE

 

This upcoming drama follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman) from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister and intimate friend, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). Famous for her candor and spirit, she was the first woman who seemed to have it all: a passionate marriage, nine children and the job of being queen of the world’s most important nation. Her often tumultuous reign lasted for 63 years.

All Hail the Queen: How Well Do You Know Victoria?

How well do you know the queen? Take the quiz below to find out.

 

Queen Victoria quickly became a historically influential leader when she assumed the English throne in 1838. Her unlikely coronation led to social and economic change, which she navigated with intelligence, grace, and charm. Her natural ability to lead secured her popularity among subjects – but it wasn’t always easy.

 

Did you know Queen Victoria had a special bond with Hawai‘i’s Queen Emma?

 

Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young Queen Victoria at the outset of her epic reign, which set the stage for an entire era that would be named in her honor.

 

 

Think you know Queen Victoria? Take our quiz and learn about some fascinating facts about the English monarch.

 

 

MASTERPIECE
Victoria

Premieres Sunday, January 15, 8:00 pm

 

 

If your Sundays have suffered from a lack of masterfully written period dramas since the Downton Abbey finale, Masterpiece is here for you with a new series to fall in love with — Victoria. Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young Queen Victoria at the outset of her epic reign, which set the stage for an entire era that would be named in her honor.

 

Writer Daisy Goodwin depicts what it was like for an ill-educated, emotionally deprived teenager to wake up one morning and find that she is the most powerful woman in the world. Following Victoria from her accession to the throne at age 18, through her education in politics, courtship and marriage, Victoria paints a portrait of a monarch who was raised to be the pawn of her powerful elders but who wasted no time in showing the empire who was in charge. “People don’t know how unapologetically vivid and vibrant and romantic she was,” Coleman said.

 

There is a Hawai‘i connection to Queen Victoria through Hawai‘i monarch, Queen Emma. In the video below, Rev. Canon Dr. Malcolm Naea Chun of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Honolulu talks about the letters exchanged between the two queens – revealing a bond that was forged out of deep sorrow.

 

 

 

THE TUNNEL
Part 10 of 10

 

When a French politician’s body is found inside the Channel Tunnel on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) investigate on behalf of their respective countries.

 

Part 10 of 10
Karl falls apart as the Truth Terrorist’s change of direction becomes unbearable. A hair-raising showdown begins.

 

THE TUNNEL
Part 9 of 10

 

When a French politician’s body is found inside the Channel Tunnel on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) investigate on behalf of their respective countries.

 

Part 9 of 10
Things take a nasty turn for Karl as police get within a hair’s breadth of catching the killer.

 

THE TUNNEL
Part 8 of 10

 

When a French politician’s body is found inside the Channel Tunnel on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) investigate on behalf of their respective countries.

 

Part 8 of 10
French police capture but then lose the prime suspect. Then, their lead detective goes missing. Though things eventually start to fall into place, something is troubling Karl.

 

THE TUNNEL
Part 5 of 10

 

When a French politician’s body is found inside the Channel Tunnel on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) investigate on behalf of their respective countries.

 

Part 5 of 10
The “Truth Terrorist”‘s third “truth” begins as Benji carries out his mission. Sophie’s life is now at stake and police believe they can use her to stop the terrorist’s rampage. Karl gets more than he bargained for while visiting Charlotte.

 

THE TUNNEL
Part 4 of 10

 

When a French politician’s body is found inside the Channel Tunnel on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) investigate on behalf of their respective countries.

 

Part 4 of 10
Detectives battle to locate an elderly soldier before he freezes to death. In the meantime, is naive teenager Sophie safe lodging with seemingly harmless Benji?

 

THE TUNNEL
Part 3 of 10

 

When a French politician’s body is found inside the Channel Tunnel on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) investigate on behalf of their respective countries.

 

Part 3 of 10
The serial killer steps up his cross-Channel campaign, targeting an elderly victim in his “moral” crusade. The race is on for police in Britain and France to identify and capture the murderer before more lives are brutally lost.

 

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