Revealed: the sad, lonely childhood of Victoria

 Julian Fellowes, an Oscar winner for his screenplay of Gosford Park, spoke last week with the Guardian Unlimited about his fascination with Victoria and how he intends to replace the image of her as an aloof, dowdy widow with that of a feisty, romantic teenager played by Emily Blunt, who made her name as Meryl Streep's highly strung assistant in The Devil Wears Prada.

He wrote the script after collaborating with Sarah, Duchess of York, who first pitched the idea and was well placed to help with historical research.