Sundays, 9 p.m., beginning January 13

The new year is off to a great start with the premier of Victoria’s third season. The Masterpiece hit will be returning for its thrilling new season this January just in time for its political and domestic drama to thaw out the winter chills.

“Do you know what destiny means?” A young Victoria, the feisty monarch played by Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman, asks one of her children as she cradles him in her arms. That is a question that will echo throughout the third season of Victoria. As the season begins, the Revolution of 1848 starts to engulf the country and much of Europe, and our Victoria must find a way to find common ground as monarchical structures are threatened.

The runaway period hit was first renewed to return for a third season back in December 2017 following its Christmas Special episode. The series has garnered overwhelming positive reviews for its previous seasons that dramatized the reign of Queen Victoria which began in 1837 and ended with her death at the age of 81 in 1901. Known as the Victorian Era, her reign lasted for 63 years, longer than any of her previous predecessors and resulted in great cultural, industrial, political, military and scientific advances in the United Kingdom.

The series is expected to run for three more seasons to cover as much of Queen Victoria’s reign. Created, written and executive produced by Daisy Goodwin, Victoria is another Masterpiece smash success with the New York Times calling it “tremendously engaging…immediately gratifying.” Boston Globe proclaims it as “captivating” while Paste Magazine pronounces it as a “royal masterpiece.”

Returning for the third season is Jenna Coleman as Victoria who exited her sci-fi cult favorite Doctor Who to star in the series. Tom Hughes of Dancing on the Edge fame will once again reclaim his role as Victoria’s devoted, but obsessive husband, Prince Albert, as he is joined by many more of the previous cast. The third season will also introduce a new antagonist for Victoria to cross political wits and swords with in the name of Lord Palmerston played by Laurence Fox from the series Inspector Lewis. With the third season of Victoria just around the corner, don’t miss it when it premieres on January 13. If you have activated WHRO Passport, you can catch up on previous episodes at