'Victoria' Gets 'Downton Abbey' Time Slot In 2017

With "Downton Abbey" now in its final run, Masterpiece on PBS has announced its time slot successor – "Victoria." 

On Monday, at the PBS portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Tour, it was announced that "Victoria," starring "Doctor Who" alum Jenna Coleman, will premiere on Masterpiece on PBS in "Downton's" Sunday night time slot in 2017. 

A sneak peek trailer of the drama series was shown for critics, featuring footage of the actress as the young queen as she readies to take the British throne.

"'Downton Abbey' has proved that millions of viewers will turn up year after year for a beautifully-crafted period drama. 'Victoria' has it all: a riveting script, brilliant cast, and spectacular locations. And it's a true story! This is exactly the kind of programming Masterpiece fans will love," Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton said in a statement. 

"Victoria" also stars Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, Peter Firth as the Duke of Cumberland and Patrick Malahide as Sir John Conroy.

The eight-part series follows an 18-year-old Victoria as she becomes Queen in 1837, and includes her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. 

-- Jolie Lash

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