Who needs Downton when Victoria is back on TV?

‘Downton is dead – long live the Queen!’ That was the relieved cry when ITV series Victoria last year plugged the considerable gap left in Sunday night schedules after we said goodbye to the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their servants.

And as Victoria returns for a second series, it is easy to see why Downton devotees found it easy to switch allegiances – the similarities between the two shows are striking.

It's easy to see how fans of Downton have swapped to become diehard lovers of Victoria, too

It's easy to see how fans of Downton have swapped to become diehard lovers of Victoria, too

Here, The Mail on Sunday takes a close look at the extraordinary parallels between them. And with the Queen, played by Jenna Coleman, and Tom Hughes’s Albert about to resume their fiery romance, we reveal tantalising clues as to what to expect when Victoria returns later this month.  

Move over, Lady Mary

Victoria and Albert's passion will continue to burn in the new series of the ITV show this summer

Victoria and Albert's passion will continue to burn in the new series of the ITV show this summer

Victoria and Albert's passion burns undimmed but, in an echo of Lady Mary and Matthew's relationship in Downton, rows are brewing. In one, Victoria exclaims: 'I am not a woman, I am a Queen. To be a Queen I must rule but to be a wife, I must submit.' 

An abbey? We have castles!

With a stack of silverware and candelabras on the table and encircled by footmen, Victoria lays on a sumptuous dinner for her uncle King Leopold (Alex Jennings) that would put even the Earl of Grantham to shame. 

This shot is uncannily reminiscent of the Downton opening credits, which shows how fans switch over easily 

This shot is uncannily reminiscent of the Downton opening credits, which shows how fans switch over easily 

Victoria lays on a sumptuous dinner for her uncle King Leopold (Alex Jennings) that would put even the Earl of Grantham to shame

Victoria lays on a sumptuous dinner for her uncle King Leopold (Alex Jennings) that would put even the Earl of Grantham to shame

But as a carriage sweeps past a castle, the shot is uncannily reminiscent of one in Downton’s opening credits.

Look away now, Carson

While in Downton, butler Carson always provided wise guidance, Victoria has poisonous steward Penge, for counsel and her gossiping maids – much like the loose-lipped footman Thomas Barrow and lady’s maid O’Brien in Downton.

While in Downton, butler

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