When Does Season 3 of ‘Victoria’ Premiere?

Your favorite show about the British royalty is about to return to TV. No, not The Crown. PBS’s acclaimed drama Victoria, which chronicles the life of the U.K.’s famous 19th-century queen, is back for Season 3. Here’s everything we know about the new season, including when it will air and what plot twists might be coming.

Victoria Season 3 premieres January 13, 2019

Season 3 of Victoria will premiere on PBS stations on January 13, 2019, at 9/8c. This season begins in 1848, a year of revolution in Europe. Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) and Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) must contend with tensions in England and in their relationship.

“It’s the closest Britain got to a revolution in the 19th century,” series creator Daisy Goodwin told the Television Critics Association. “The whole of Europe is falling apart. The French king has been thrown off the throne….there are riots in Berlin and Victoria and Albert are terrified.”

By the looks of the preview, which shows a very pregnant Victoria, viewers can expect the royal couple to add at least one more child to their family this season. The queen’s numerous pregnancies (she had nine children in total) will also be a source of conflict in Season 3, with Goodwin saying she plans to explore the possibility that Victoria refused to sleep with Albert because she didn’t want another baby.

What will happen to Prince Albert?

Students of history know that Victoria’s beloved Prince Albert died in 1861 at age 42. But fans of the show can rest assured that the sad event won’t happen in Season 3.

“We’re not going to lose Albert,” Goodwin has said. Depending on how much time is covered in the upcoming season, it’s possible Albert could stick around for another couple of seasons.

New characters in Season 3

Season 2 of Victoria marked the departure of several notable characters, including Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), Baroness Lehzen (Daniela Holtz), and Edward Drummond (Leo Suter). But a few new faces will fill the void this season.

Most notably, Kate Fleetwood will join the cast as Victoria’s half-sister Feodora. The queen’s elder sibling is resentful about having been married off to a poor German prince, which causes some conflict when she arrives in England for a visit. Laurence Fox will play Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston and John Sessions is Prime Minister John Russell. Lily Travers will join the cast as the Duchess of Monmouth. Nicholas Audsley, David Burnett and Emily Forbes will play new, yet-to-be-revealed characters.

How to stream new episodes of Victoria

If you miss Victoria the night it airs, don’t panic. You can stream many of your favorite PBS shows for free through its app. Typically, you have two weeks following the original air date to watch an episode.

PBS members get access to an expanded streaming library through PBS Passport, which includes previous seasons of shows like Downton Abbey as well as extended access to new shows. In the past, members have also been able to stream the entire season of shows like Victoria once the first episode airs. PBS hasn’t announced whether members will be able to binge Victoria come January 13, but it’s likely they’ll be able to.

You can visit your local PBS station to find out how to become a member and get Passport benefits. Non-members who want to catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 can find them on Amazon Prime.

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