All of Playlist's 'Victoria' Content

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A ballroom set from "Victoria." (Courtesy of ITV Plc)
(Courtesy of ITV Plc)

In case you're in withdrawal now that season one of Victoria has ended, here's everything Playlist has posted about the series, from recipes to recaps to features to a quiz. Join Passport to stream all the episodes.


The fourth location of the Chicago Public Library.(Chicago Public Library, Special Collections and Preservation Division, CPL Archives, Central Library.) "Out of  the Ashes" -- Queen Victoria donated a book to help found the Chicago Public Library as part of a British book donation after the Great Chicago Fire. The Library occupied five separate locations, including an old water tank, before finding a long-lived home at what is now the Chicago Cultural Center.

"The Return of the Queens" -- Victoria is just one of a slate of recent cultural depictions of powerful historical women that includes The Crown and Jackie. Is it a coincidence that these appeared around the same time that the United States nearly elected its first female president?

"Victoria Actors and Their Real-Life Counterparts" -- Do the actors on Victoria look like historical figures they portray? Learn a bit about the quirky real-life people who are recreated on the series.

"Victorian Cooking with Francatelli" -- Francatelli was a real chef who wrote cookbooks and changed the way middle-class people eat. Discover some of his recipes here. Let's just say they tastes were very different then.

"TV Royalty" -- Between King Charles IIIVictoria, and The Crown, there are a lot of British monarchs on TV right now. What's our obsession with kings and queens with nice accents?


"It's Good to Be Queen" -- No one believes the 18-year-old Victoria can be queen without help: not the bewhiskered statesmen of Parliament nor her mother and her friends. Only Lord Melbourne supports Victoria's independence. And she's going to fight for it.

"The Marriage Plot" -- Numerous suitors are competing for Victoria's attention, while various people at court-her uncles, Sir John, her mother-try to influence her towards one or another in order to gain more power. Victoria's relationship with Melbourne deepens and becomes more complex.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. (Courtesy of ITV Plc)(Courtesy of ITV Plc) "The Romantic Age" -- Victoria and Albert are slowly overcoming their dislike of each other and growing closer. This episode is a literal bodice-ripper, a classic opposites-attract story. Too bad Albert is a bit of a prig-Victoria's word, not mine.

"Of Mistresses and Money" -- Victoria and Albert's relationship hits some bumps. Mainly because Albert doesn't want to be dependent on Victoria, and so demands a large allowance. It also doesn't help that Victoria is learning how many extramarital affairs occur at court.

"The Dinner Party" -- Folk contraceptive methods, forbidden romances, an outbreak of plague, squabbles over court hierarchy, noble oration: this episode's got it all. 

"Full Speed Ahead" -- The palace is embracing change, as Victoria copes with a pregnancy, Albert and Sir Peel tout locomotives, and Francatelli and Skerrett innovate in the kitchen.

"Keep on Riding" -- As Victoria enters the final weeks of her pregnancy and Victoria the final episode of its first season, the Queen feels cooped up and stifled. She insists on taking carriage rides through London, despite warnings against it. What dangers lurk on the streets of London -- or worse, amongst Victoria's own family? 


Tennis Fruit Cake from 'The Great British Baking Show.' (Courtesy of Love Productions)(Courtesy of Love Productions) Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes --  If you've developed a hankering for royal delicacies while watching Victoria, try this recipe from The Great British Baking Show for Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes.

Tennis Fruit Cake -- Learn to bake a Victorian era classic dessert with a recipe from The Great British Baking Show.

Raised Game Pie -- Try a big wadge of this hearty meat pie in a recipe from Paul Hollywood. Queen Victoria would approve.

Passion Fruit and Lime Charlotte Russe -- Paul called this custard dessert "one of the tastiest things we've ever chosen" for The Great British Baking Show, so it's worth trying this Victorian dessert yourself.


Which Victoria Character Are You? -- Upstairs or downstairs, loyal husband or charming playboy, no-nonsense house manager or complicated mother?