Victoria (1819-1901) was Queen from June 1837. The final episode of Series 2 touched upon the Parliamentary struggle for the repeal of the "Corn Laws" which essentially had come to protect wealthy landowners from the impact of allowing grain to be imported. A poem of the time summarised the situation: "Ye coop us up, and tax our bread, And wonder why we pine; But ye are fat, and round, and red, And fill'd with tax-bought wine."
The Corn Laws were repealed during the premiership of Robert Peel (1788-1850). Peel's private secretary was the civil servant Edward Drummond (1792-1843) who was shot by Daniel M'Naghten (1813-1865) whose name still lives on in English criminal law due to the much-criticised M'Naghten Rules which set out the requirements to establish a defence of "insanity." Drummond was actually shot from behind and he died of complications which arose following surgery to remove the "leaden bullet" fired from M'Naghten's gun.