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ITV will bring the life of Queen Victoria to the screen with a new drama

ITV will explore the early life of Queen Victoria in a brand new drama.

Eight-hour series Victoria will follow Britain's longest-reigning monarch as she leaves childhood behind and ascends to the throne at the age of just 18.

Novelist Daisy Goodwin is making her screenwriting debut with the series, which will be produced by Mammoth Screen, the team behind BBC One's recent hit period drama Poldark.

Steve November, Director of Drama, said: "This epic series is a chance to see the Victorian age through the eyes of the Queen herself for the first time. She's a vibrant, fascinating character whose legacy lives on today.

"Her life story is one that is by turns genuinely dramatic, romantic and surprising. We are delighted to be working with Daisy Goodwin, who knows her subject intimately and has brought her to life beautifully, and with Mammoth, who we know are masters of epic period drama.

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