Happy and Glorious was a 1952 British television series which aired on the BBC. It starred Renée Asherson as Queen Victoria and Michael Aldridge as Prince Albert. The series aired live, and the transmissions were not recorded.[1] The oldest surviving examples of British television drama come from 1953, consisting of two episodes of The Quatermass Experiment and two or three episodes of Sunday-Night Theatre, recording using the then-experimental telerecording process. Half the scripts were by Laurence Housman, drawn from his 1934 play Victoria Regina, also adapted for BBC Radio in 1981 under the title Happy and Glorious.[2]


  1. ^ "Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Laurence Housman - Happy and Glorious - BBC Sounds". Archived from the original on 31 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.