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New drama hoping to fill the void left by Downton Abbey

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths

The creator of new ITV period drama Victoria has said she would be flattered if the show can follow in the footsteps of Downton Abbey - but those are "big shoes to fill".

Executive producer and writer Daisy Goodwin's eight-part Sunday night drama stars Jenna Coleman as the young Queen Victoria. The drama may draw comparisons to ITV's previous flagship drama as it tells the story of the monarch's relationship with prime minister Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell) and her courtship with Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) and also examines life below stairs.

Speaking at a press event at Kensington Palace, Goodwin said: "It's very big shoes to fill, but I love Sunday night telly, so if people enjoy watching this as much as they did Downton, then our work is done."

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