Victoria Christmas 2017 special cast, start time and spoilers from the new episode

Christmas special of Victoria on ITV this year

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ITV's hit drama series Victoria returns for its 2017 Christmas tonight: Here's the cast and spoilers.

ITV have revealed all the details about Victoria's Series 2 Christmas Special, including the cast and some special guest stars.

The 2017 Christmas special of Victoria series 2 will air tonight on Monday, December 25 at 9PM.

Victoria series 2 cast

Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Tom Hughes (The Game) both their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, joined by Dame Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones) who was previously announced to play the Duchess of Bucchleuch, the young Queen’s new Mistress of the Robes, in the second series.

Also reprising their roles in the historical drama are Alex Jennings (The Lady In The Van) as King Leopold, Peter Firth (Spooks) as the King of Hanover, David Oakes (The White Queen) as the Duke of Coburg and Margaret Clunie (Endeavour) as the Duchess of Sutherland.

They're joined by Catherine Flemming (Tatort) as the Duchess of Kent, Jordan Waller (Love & Friendship) and Lord Alfred Paget and Bebe Cave (Frankie) as Miss Wilhelmina Coke. Below stairs Nell Hudson (Outlander) returns as Mrs Skerrett, Ferdinand Kingsley (Borgia) as chef Francatelli and Adrian Schiller (The Secret Agent) as Penge.

Victoria Christmas special spoilers

Once again written by creator and executive producer, Daisy Goodwin, the two-hour special will celebrate all of the festivities of a Victorian Christmas at Buckingham Palace.

Set in Christmas 1846, the episode sees Victoria uncharacteristically melancholy as she prepares to tackle her first Christmas without her beloved Baroness Lehzen. Pregnant with her and Albert’s fourth child, the festive period reminds her of her lonely childhood spent at Kensington.

Albert, on the other hand is gripped by an obsession with staging the perfect family Christmas, transforming the palace into a magical festive wonderland. Tensions arise between him and Victoria, however, when Albert invites some unwelcome house guests to join the celebrations.

Below stairs, having accepted their feelings for one another, Francatelli and Skerrett are finally together. However, as romances amongst staff are forbidden, the pair cannot show that they’re in love to their co-workers which puts strain on the relationship. The situation complicates further when Skerrett inherits a large estate from an estranged uncle.

Victoria airs 9PM on ITV tonight, Christmas Day.

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