1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 1 (UK)
12 x 30 minute episodes
This Yorkshire Television comedy series was set, as the title suggests, in the late 19th century when Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert were on the British throne.
It was a period when middle-class values were of the utmost importance, where men were men, women knew their place and children were seen but not heard.
Albert Hackett (Alfred Marks) was the ultra-conservative head of his household, ruling over his family with an affectionate yet iron fist that upheld strict moral values.
The works of Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley were strictly forbidden in the Hackett home which comprised Albert, his wife Victoria, their children and servants.
Zena Walker co-starred as Victoria in the first series but was unavailable for series two and was replaced by Barbara Murray (familiar to viewers of The Power Game).
After filming just two episodes Murray suffered a miscarriage and had to withdraw from the series to be replaced by a third Victoria, Frances Bennett.
While the lavish sets must have put Yorkshire Television back a penny or two, the scripts, by Reuben Ship, were predictable and corny and unfunny because every situation was second-hand. Mama had the vapours, the eldest daughter was a suffragette, the son gave lip to papa and the parlourmaid was a know-all.
Zena Walker (1)
Barbara Murray (2)
Frances Bennett (3)
Helen Cotterill (1)
Julia Sutton (2)