All of Playlist's 'Victoria' Content

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

The fourth location of the Chicago Public Library.Photo: 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?

"The True History of Victoria" – While some parts of Victoria are speculation or based on rumors, there are many genuine historical lessons. Learn about some of the fascinating figures – the first computer programmer, a black Shakespearean – customs, and events drawn straight from real life.

"Did That Really Happen? Victoria Edition" – How many times did people try to assassinate Queen Victoria? Did she actually travel to Scotland? What caused the Great Famine in Ireland? Did Robert Peel's secretary save him from a murderer? And more questions from Victoria.

Recaps

"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)Photo: 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? 

Season 2

Episode 1 – Queen Victoria is back, and she's ready to rule again even though everyone around her – especially the men – want her to stay with her newborn child. Prince Albert is unwilling to cede control and is also enticed by the dashing mathematician behind the predecessor to the computer.

Episode 2 – Victoria attempts to help the lower classes in a tone-deaf way and also loses two of her closest friends; that grief is compounded by a difficult birth. Albert suffers his own sorrow and must travel to Coburg, where he hears a distressing rumor.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Photo: ITV StudiosPhoto: ITV Studios Episode 3 – Eager to preserve the uneasy truce between Britain and France, Victoria sets off to visit the French king Louis Philippe and enjoy the sensuous glories of the French court. Albert is having an identity crisis and is a fun-spoiling grouch as usual.

Episode 4 – The Irish Potato Famine is at its peak, but, because it mostly affects Catholics, both Victoria's government and the Irish Protestants are dismissive and blame the Catholics for their own problems. Cleary and an Irish clergyman help push Victoria towards contributing aid.

Episode 5 – When an assassination attempt leads to constant military protection, Victoria decides to escape the stifling confines of Buckingham for the Scottish Highlands. She and Albert search for freedom from royal obligations and get lost in the process.

Episode 6 – Victoria is forced to choose between two loved ones who begin to quarrel while Peel engages in the political fight of his life, one he fears will end his career. Drummond and Alfred wrestle with their future, but a dramatic event everything.

Recipes

Tennis Fruit Cake from 'The Great British Baking Show.' (Courtesy of Love Productions)Photo: 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.

Quiz

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

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