Airdate: Catherine the Great

Lavish UK-US miniseries, starring Helen Mirren, is headed to FOX Showcase.

Lavish UK-US miniseries Catherine the Great, starring Helen Mirren, is headed to FOX Showcase.

The 4 part SKY Atlantic / HBO drama also features Aussies Jason Clarke & Richard Roxburgh plus Gina McKee, Joseph Quinn and Rory Kinnear.

Mirren said of the role, “She rewrote the rules of governance by a woman and succeeded to the extent of having the word ‘Great’ attached to her name.”

It premieres in early November, two weeks after the US debut.

Mirren stars as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part historical drama follows the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke) that helped shape the future of Russian politics. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, Catherine develops a unique and devoted relationship with Potemkin as they overcome their adversaries and serve as architects of modern-day Russia.

Catherine the Great also features a stellar supporting cast including Richard Roxburgh as Catherine’s lover, Grigory Orlov, Joseph Quinn as Catherine’s son, Prince Paul, Gina McKee as the empress’s close friend and confidante, Countess Bruce and Rory Kinnear as Catherine’s long-time advisor, Ivanovich Panin.

Catherine the Great is the latest project in the partnership between HBO and Sky Atlantic and is produced by Origin Pictures and New Pictures. Catherine the Great is exclusive in Australia to Foxtel.

7.30pm Sunday, November 3 on FOX Showcase.

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