VIctoria Season 2

New PBS 'Victoria' Trailer Focuses on the Queen's Competing Roles

The Victoria Season 2 key art (Photo:  Courtesy of ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE)

There are less than two months to go until the premiere of Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece. This is great news in and of itself, obviously. But it also means that the floodgates of promotion are officially open. (This is a good thing, by the way.)

With only a few short weeks to go until Season 2 begins, prepare yourselves to see all kinds of trailers, promotional clips, behind-the-scenes photos and cast interviews start popping up all over. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a real balm to the spirits of US fans who had to watch our UK friends get all the goodies a couple months ago. Get ready to rejoice.

PBS Confirms 'Victoria' Season 2 Will Air in January 2018

A photo of Victoria, Albert and their daughter from "Victoria" Season 2. (Photo: Courtesy of GARETH GATTRELL/ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE)

It’s official: The highly-anticipated second season of popular period drama Victoria will premiere in January 2018 on Masterpiece.

Victoria’s first season was quite a success here in the U.S., clocking in at over 16.2 million viewers. That’s the second highest-rated PBS drama in 20 years – second, of course, only to the mega-popular Downton Abbey. So it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that Victoria is getting the exact same scheduling treatment Downton did.

Get an Early Sneak Peek at 'Victoria' Season 2

A rather sweet look at Victoria, Albert, and the newest addition to their famiily. (Photo:  Courtesy of ITV Plc)

In honor of Victoria Day, ITV and Masterpiece released a first look clip at the highly anticipated second season of the period drama that bears the queen’s name, Victoria. Still celebrated in various places around the world – it’s an actual federal holiday in Canada – Victoria Day marks the anniversary of the British monarch’s birth.

The footage, featuring stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes in their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, is the first we’ve seen to date from Victoria Season 2.

Dame Diana Rigg Joins 'Victoria' for Season 2

Dame Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell on "Game of Thrones" (Photo: HBO)

Big news for Victoria fans! Acting legend Dame Diana Rigg is officially joining the cast for the period drama’s second season, making an already buzzy series even more exciting.

Rigg is probably best known these days for playing the sharp-tongued Lady Olenna Tyrell on HBO megahit Game of Thrones. (Think a more medieval, weaponized sort of Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey, if you’re not familiar with the show.) But her acting resume is massive – and extremely impressive – including everything from Bleak House to The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries to her starring role as the original Emma Peel in The Avengers. In short: Dame Diana is incredible. 

But who will she be playing?