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‘Confinement,’ mutters Victoria, ‘does NOT suit me!’ As the sumptuous drama makes a welcome return for a second series, the young Queen (Jenna Coleman) is a month into motherhood and itching to get back to work.

With Albert (Tom Hughes) keeping secret some troubling news about the British Army in Afghanistan, Victoria suspects she’s being shut out… and she’s livid!

Also, the staff is shaken up by the arrival of the new Mistress of the Robes, the prickly Duchess of Buccleuch (Diana Rigg, fresh from playing the similarly formidable Olenna in Game of Thrones), and it’s all kicking off downstairs as chef Francatelli’s replacement upsets staff and stomachs alike.