'CATHERINE THE GREAT'
ALL BOW, THE EMPRESS IS HERE!
|Catherine arrives this October to the small screens|
yesterday's visit to the exotic queen of Jhansi, we are moving today to Matushka Rosiya and the lavish imperial court of CATHERINE THE GREAT
, epic new historical mini series starring Helen Mirren
as Russia's most famous tzarina who made her country bigger than it ever was before and turned her palace into Europe's centre of glamour and glitz and also scandal! The four episode saga is ready to start October 3rd at Sky Atlantic in UK, Italy, Germany, Spain and Austria, and then on October 21st over at HBO in USA and Canada (I'm not fully sure, but I'm guessing it will also air on HBO's cable channels around the world, so
|The focus of the story is the relationship between Catherine and Potemkin|
you might catch it there if you are not from the mentioned territories). Unlike most other series which usually dealt with her arrival on the throne after
|Catherine wears a lot of glamorous wintery outfits in the series|
throwing down her husband (which is the case with another one that is currently in production The Great
with Elle Fanning
and Nicholas Hoult
|The series will also hit HBO from October 21st|
this one will depict Catherine's older years when she spent her time chasing hot young hunks and enjoying her relationship with Count Potemkin.
|Helen Mirren is actually to thin, the real Catherine was rather fat in her late years|
in 1729 she became Empress of Russia in 1762, and reigned until her death in 1796 which makes her the country’s longest ruling female leader.
|Jason Clarke plays Catherine's commander and lover Potemkin|
During her reign she managed to turn Russia into a power that became a top player in Europe instead of being ignored by the rest of the continent, she
|Richard Roxburgh is Catherine's old lover Grigory Orlov|
spread the territory of the empire and made the number of its citizens
almost ten times bigger, and although she tried to modernize certain
systems in the
|The empress wears traditional Russian kokoshnik headdress during her secret wedding |
country, she also made the number of enslaved pheasants bigger than ever before as she was very prone to gifting her lovers and friends with estates and whole villages and towns to rule.
Catherine The Great
delves into the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the
most powerful female monarch in history. Catherine wielded supreme
|Rory Kinnear is Catherine prime minister Panin|
throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century –
strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually
liberated, she was the
|Antonia Clarke plays grand princess Sophia|
definition of the modern woman.
The story follows Catherine towards the end of her reign and her
passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin. Amid scandal,
|Potemkin spent his life overseeing Catherine's wars against the Ottomans|
immense conflict, this is a story of obsessive love. Unable to publicly
marry and famously promiscuous, they develop a unique and devoted
relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together shaping Russia
as we know it today.
Who Are The Imperial Courtiers?
Beside Joseph Quinn
as her son Grand Prince Paul, Jason Clarke
as her lover Prince Grigory Potemkin, Antonia Clarke
as Paul's wife Princess Sophia and Adam El Hagar
as general Valerian Zubov who had an affair
|Joseph Quinn is Grand Prince Paul, Antonia Clarke Grand Princess Sofia|
with the much older empress, the cast will also have Rory Kinnear
Panin, a skilful politician, advisor and governor to Catherine’s son, Richard
|Gina McKee is Countess Praskovya Bruce, Catherine's confidante|
as Prince Grigory Orlov, her most famous lover who helped her come to power by overthrowing her husband, Kevin McNally
as his brother
|Thomas Doherty is Pyotr Zavadovsky|
Alexei Orlov, Bodyguard's Gina McKee
as her confidant and lifelong friend Countess Bruce, Clive Russell
as The Fool, Paul Kaye
|Pop star Sam Palladio is one of Catherine's lovers Vasilchikov|
Pugachev, Sam Palladio
as Catherine's young lover Alexander Vasilichikov, and Paul Ritter
as general Suvorov! Thomas Doherty
will be Peter
|Helen Mirren's ancestors are actually Russian!|
Zavadovsky; Raphael Acloque
is Platon Zubov, James Northcoate
is Alexander Bezborodko and Andrew Rothney
is Alexander Dmitriev Mamonov.