VICTORIA, AGAIN AND AGAIN

I watch ITV from time to time. Almost always on playback so I can whizz past endless and endlessly annoying advertisements. Been doing so to keep up with ITV’s version of Victoria, but I can’t help wondering what TV would do if it could not fall back on Elizabeth One, Henry Eight and Victoria Again. And again.

But the casting leaves me frowning. In a cast of  … dozens … the girl who plays Victoria (Jenna Coleman) is deliciously pretty with a lovely little retroussé nose, and she’s quite slim. As against Vic who had a little hooked nose and was plump from girlhood through to death. Far from pretty. I realise that TV has to take licence to mess about with reality from time to time, and if it were a matter of having to guess what a historical figure looked like, then help yourself. But Vic was photographed from an early age, and we know what she looked like, so nul points for the casting here. Of course, it is entirely possible, even probable that most viewers would not have the slightest idea about Vic’s appearance so accuracy would not matter. But for those who do know, it’s a distraction.

As for Prince Albert; Many times worse. Everything about the actor who plays his Highness is wrong. Especially the extraordinary floppy, Hugh Grant-style hair which, my having checked every photo of Albert I can find, is just not there. Albert went male-pattern bald at an early age. The actor (Tom Hughes) has a long, almost horsey face but quite good looking with it, while Albert had a decidedly round moon face and was no oil painting. In the most recent episode, which I watched the other day, there are at least five royal children running around, and by the time the family had reached such numbers, Albert was good and bald. Just wrong, historically, and that’s annoying. Of things wrong, there is more. Soldiers in the British Army are shown handling their rifles as if they were in the American one. Who’d notice? Me.

This is going to be a long series, if it is planned to follow the Queen into old age, but I think it is intended to be about “Young Victoria” so maybe not. But it must surely go as far as Albert’s death, by which time their eldest son was old enough to go to Cambridge where his shenanigans were supposed to have been at least partly responsible for his poor father’s early death. We’ll see. After all, this is “Victoria” as East Enders. “West Enders?”

For those young people who watch this series it is a wonderful way to learn history, which is usually taught in school with the apparent intention of boring everyone to sobs. So, on that basis alone, I’ll forgive the somewhat odd casting and try to enjoy.

38 thoughts on “VICTORIA, AGAIN AND AGAIN

  1. Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for
    some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains.
    If you know of any please share. Kudos!

  2. I don’t even know how I finished up right here, but I assumed this publish was
    once great. I don’t know who you might be however certainly you
    are going to a famous blogger if you happen to aren’t already.

    Cheers!

  3. I’m really impressed with your writing abilities as smartly as with the format for your blog.

    Is that this a paid subject matter or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is uncommon to see a nice weblog like
    this one today..

  4. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page layout of
    your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images.

    Maybe you could space it out better?

  5. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to
    make your point. You obviously know what youre talking
    about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something
    informative to read?

  6. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much.
    I’m hoping to give one thing again and help others such as you aided me.

  7. I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with the
    layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
    Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one these days.

  8. We stumbled over here coming from a different page and
    thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you.

    Look forward to looking into your web page yet again.

  9. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t
    appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all
    that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!

  10. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about
    this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the
    message home a bit, but other than that, this
    is excellent blog. A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

  11. I really like what you guys are usually up too. Such clever work and coverage!

    Keep up the fantastic works guys I’ve incorporated
    you guys to blogroll.

  12. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your web
    site and in accession capital to assert that
    I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Anyway I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement
    you access consistently rapidly.

  13. Simply desire to say your article is as astounding.

    The clearness in your submit is just excellent and that i could suppose you
    are knowledgeable in this subject. Fine together with your permission allow me to seize your RSS feed to stay up to date with approaching
    post. Thanks 1,000,000 and please keep up the rewarding work.

  14. Hey there, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, amazing blog!

  15. What i don’t realize is in reality how you are now not really a lot more well-preferred than you may be right now. You are so intelligent. You understand thus considerably with regards to this topic, produced me individually believe it from a lot of varied angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be interested until it is something to do with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs great. All the time take care of it up!

  16. I am really loving the theme/design of your blog. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems? A number of my blog audience have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any suggestions to help fix this issue?

  17. There are some interesting cut-off dates in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There is some validity but I’ll take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish extra! Added to FeedBurner as properly

  18. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  19. Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason appeared to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people think about worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  20. Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be
    on the web the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while
    people consider worries that they just do not know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side effect
    , people could take a signal. Will probably be
    back to get more. Thanks

  21. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this outstanding blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to new updates and will share this blog with
    my Facebook group. Chat soon!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.