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'Victoria' Season 2: "Warp and Weft"/"The Sins of the Father" Recap

(Photo: Courtesy of ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE)

Previously on Victoria: Victoria struggled to find her equilibrium again after the birth of her daughter, as both her husband and her ministers attempted to keep the news of Britain’s defeat in Afghanistan from her. Albert, who’s enjoying his crack at power more than he probably wants to admit, also seems quite taken with one Miss Ada Lovelace and her amazing Analytical Engine. Victora’s new Mistress of the Robes – the Duchess of Buccleuch – arrives, along with her niece Wilhelmina, who seems quite taken with Prince Ernest. And, as usual in a time of personal crisis, Victoria once again turns to Lord Melbourne for advice and a pep talk, and we all tried to pretend that he wasn’t looking quite as ill and tired as we feared. (More details can be found in our full recap of last week's episode.)

If any of us were under any illusions that this season of Victoria was going to be a frothy, light-hearted affair, this double-episode promptly put that particular fantasy to rest. While this installment does feature some soapy fun – a costume ball, several dramatic family revelations, and the unfortunate return of Miss Skerrett’s identity theft subplot – the bulk of the story revolves around sadness, depression and loss. There are moments where the supersized story handles these issues well (everything involving Dash and Lord Melbourne) and moments where it does not (the quickness with which Victoria bounces back from a fairly dark bout of post partum depression), but on the whole, the episode is pretty compelling. 

Acorn TV to Bring Back ‘Agatha Raisin’ for Second Season

Ashley Jensen as Agatha Raisin (Photo: Acorn TV)

Mystery series Agatha Raisin is getting a new lease on life, thanks to Acorn TV. The streaming service has greenlit a second season of the popular comedy-drama, stepping in to pick up the show after it was effectively canceled by UK network Sky.

Announced during their session at the winter edition of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Agatha Raisin Season 2 will be the network’s first original commission. 

‘Victoria’ Season 2: "A Soldier's Daughter/The Green-Eyed Monster" Recap

(Photo: Courtesy of ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Victoria: There is a way, way too much to summarize here. Here’s a quick guide to where we left everyone after Season 1 or, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, we also have recaps of every episode

Admittedly, period drama Victoria started off in a fairly enviable position. Before a single minute of his sumptuous costumes and swoony romance was broadcast, pretty much everyone had dubbed it as ITV’s successor to the international phenomenon that was Downton Abbey. The thing no one could have really predicted though, is that Victoria actually turned out to be good.

There’s something about this show – the compelling characters, complicated relationships and proto-feminist attitude somehow combine into an absolutely perfect confectionery of actual history and period wish fulfillment. You can swoon over it, laugh with it, and wonder how far it’s willing to bend actual history to tell its story, sometimes all in the same hour. And Season 2 seems determined to take everything that worked for Season 1 and run with it, improving on what has come before. 

Star-Studded ‘Les Miserables’ Adaptation Headed to Masterpiece

Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins at the "Les Miserables" read through (Photo: BBC/PBS)

The BBC and PBS Masterpiece are teaming up to bring a brand new version of famous novel Les Miserables to the small screen.

Award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies, best known for his work on BBC period drama Mr. Selfridge and the corporation’s lavish 2016 version of Tolsoy’s War and Peace, will be adapting Hugo’s story. He promises that his version will delve more deeply into the issues and layers of the author’s original story, focusing on Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, set against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in Trailer for New Drama 'Patrick Melrose'

Benedict Cumberbatch rocking a very distinct look in "Patrick Melrose" (Photo: Sky/Showtime)

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is headed back to the small screen this year. (And no, I’m sorry to keep having to reiterate this bad news every time the man gets a new project, but it’s not for another season of the popular detective drama. At least not yet. Keep the dream alive, folks.)

This time, Cumberbatch has the starring role in the upcoming five-part drama Patrick Melrose. Based on a series of semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn, it follows the story of an aristocratic playboy and his journey from a traumatic childhood through alcoholism, heroin addiction, recovery, marriage and fatherhood. 

Kate Beckinsale to Star in Upcoming ITV Drama 'The Widow'

Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Amazon film "Love and Friendship" (Photo: Roadshow Pictures/Amazon Studios)

Film star Kate Beckinsale has been tapped to star in ITV’s upcoming thriller The Widow. The eight-part series comes from screenwriting brothers Harry and Jack Williams, the men behind recent popular British dramas Liar and The Missing.

Beckinsale is probably best known these days for her role in the Underworld films, where she plays a vampire named Selina who regularly feuds with werewolves and kicks butt in leather pants. She also recently starred in Jane Austen adaptation Love and Friendship, as well as Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York. (And you may remember her for her starring roles in early 2000s films like Pearl Harbor, Serendipity and The Aviator.)

The Widow follows the story of a woman whose life falls apart after she learns her husband has died in a plane crash. That is, of course, only the beginning.

‘Call the Midwife’ Season 7 Will Premiere on PBS this Spring

 (Image courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

If you loved the recent Call the Midwife holiday special but are sad that it was just one episode, here’s a bit of good news to kick off your 2018. Call the Midwife Season 7 isn’t too far away!

The drama’s seventh season is currently slated to premiere in the U.K. this winter, likely within the month of January at some point if previous seasons are anything to go by. But U.S. viewers won’t be too far behind! 

Get Your First Look at Period Drama ‘The Miniaturist’

Romola Garai and Anna Taylor-Joy in "The Miniaturist" (Photo: Courtesy of The BBC/MASTERPIECE)

The BBC has released two clips from upcoming period drama The Miniaturist, a tense, lush-looking series based on the mega-popular novel of the same name by Jessie Burton. The three-part drama is a Masterpiece co-production, meaning that it’ll be heading to the U.S. next year on PBS.

The Miniaturist follows the story of a young woman in 17th century Amsterdam who, excited for her new life as the wife of a prosperous merchant, finds herself in a world of betrayal and fear instead.

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