Queen Victoria's Children

9:00pm Wednesday 2 January on BBC TWO

Queen Victoria’s relationships with her children were complex and tumultuous and historians assert that behind closed doors, royal domestic life was a battlefield.

Spanning 60 years, this three-part family saga explores the reign of Victoria through her personal relationships with her husband and her nine children. It is a story of manipulation, conflict, intimidation, emotional blackmail and fevered attempts by her children to escape the clutches of their domineering and needy mother.

The series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and her children, including letters, diaries, memoirs, and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.

This second episode concentrates on Victoria’s relationship with her daughters. It looks at how, after Albert’s death, Victoria clung to and bullied them and arranged their marriages. In response, the princesses fought back, becoming unlikely champions of female independence.

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