Time for our first bejeweled recap of the Masterpiece series Victoria, everyone! (The show aired last fall in the United Kingdom and some other countries, but it didn't premiere until this week in the USA.) This show is a little ridiculous, guys -- it plays so fast and loose with the source material that sometimes I felt like they should have just named the main character "Queen Schmictoria." But it's sort of entertaining, and we've got a couple of interesting jewel moments on tap. Put on your Suspension of Historical Disbelief hats, and get ready to critique some costume jewels!
But although in real life, he and his family headed pretty much straight for Germany, the series keeps him around. He's depicted as a cartoonish villain, hoping that he can wrench power away from Victoria. His wife, Frederica, is made out to be equally loony. They're the Boris and Natasha to Lord M and Victoria's Rocky and Bullwinkle, basically.
As far as replicas of the Imperial State Crown go, this one's pretty good. It's appropriate for the time: the Stuart Sapphire is placed below the Black Prince's Ruby, just as it was on Victoria's version.
Lord M arrives to speak with Victoria, and then the doctor comes in to inform both of them of the results of Lady Flora's examination. Not only is Lady Flora a virgin, she has an abdominal tumor, and she probably doesn't have long to live. Seriously, the entire Lady Flora incident is one of the worst things the real Queen Victoria was ever involved in.
Note: This week, you'll get a bonus bejeweled recap here on the blog! Sunday's PBS premiere was actually the first two episodes of the ITV series aired back-to-back. Stay tuned tomorrow for the second half of Sunday's premiere!