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Cameras capture a right Royal drama.

Byline: KEANE DUNCAN @keanedunk

FILM crews are back in Hartlepool to film the highly-anticipated second series of ITV drama Victoria.

Dozens of crew members and actors were down at the town's marina yesterday, where the National Museum of the Royal Navy recreated a Napoleonic sea port.

Film trailers from a company called Movie Makers filled the museum car park, off Marina Way, and extras in period costume could be seen stopping for a lunch break between takes.

It is not known if the show's stars Jenna Coleman, who plays Victoria, and Tom Hughes, who plays Prince Albert, were on set.

But a team of four stunt horse riders from Milton Keynes-based company The Devil's Horseman could be seen dressed as French soldiers and tucking into pies.

And a troop of extras were spotted as they headed from film trucks back to the water's edge, where large French flags were draped from the PSS Wingfield Castle.

Victoria is made by production company Mammoth Screen and was recommissioned for a second series after becoming ITV's top-rated drama of the year with an average of 7.7 million viewers.

Picking up six weeks after the first series ended, the second instalment establishes Victoria as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and Queen.

As well as drama in Buckingham Palace, the series will include trips to France and Germany, touch on tragedy in Ireland and war in Afghanistan, and see Victoria and Albert discovering sanctuary in the Isle of Wight.

Show creator Daisy Goodwin said: "In series one Victoria married the handsome prince, but in this series she and Albert get down to the serious business of living happily, sometimes stormily, ever after.

"Victoria is the only Queen Regnant to marry and give birth while on the throne and the challenges of being head of state as well as a wife and mother are legion.

"In many ways, Victoria's dilemma is a modern one - how do you have a successful marriage and a happy family when you are holding down an important job. Can you really have it all?" The eight-part series and two-hour Christmas special are both expected to air later in the year.


Actors filming Victoria at the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Hartlepool Historic Quay KATIE LUNN

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 11, 2017
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