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10 screens A Gentleman in Moscow episode

Episode 1 of Ewan McGregor drama gets a Free to Air outing.

With the premiere of MasterChef Australia tonight (and Have You Been Paying Attention? waiting in the wings), 10 will tonight screen a first episode of A Gentleman in Moscow, starring Ewan McGregor.

This will be a preview episode only for the full series which is currently at Paramount+, but if you wanted to check it out, here’s your chance.

A review is here.

An adaptation of Amor Towles’ internationally best-selling novel, the series follows Count Alexander Rostov (McGregor), who, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, finds that his gilded past places him on the wrong side of history.

Spared immediate execution, he is banished by a Soviet tribunal to an attic room in the opulent Hotel Metropol, threatened with death if he ever sets foot outside again.

As the years pass and some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors, Rostov’s reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. As he builds a new life within the walls of the hotel, he discovers the true value of friendship, family and love.

The series also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Ahsoka, Kate, Birds of Prey) as glamorous, self-made film actress Anna Urbanova; Alexa Goodall (The Devil’s Hour, Lockwood and Co) as the Count’s unlikely young friend Nina; Johnny Harris (Without Sin, This is England ’86) as conflicted secret police officer Osip; and Fehinti Balogun (DuneI May Destroy You) as Mishka, the Count’s best friend from university.

Additional cast includes Leah Harvey (Foundation), Paul Ready (Motherland, The Terror), John Heffernan (Becoming Elizabeth, The Pursuit of Love), Lyès Salem (Coupez, Abou Leila), Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Lamb, The Witcher), Dee Ahluwalia (Consent, Sex Education) and Anastasia Hille (I Hate Suzie Too).

A Gentleman In Moscow is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Paramount. Ben Vanstone serves as Showrunner on the series, which is the first production to come through Lionsgate’s first look deal with Tom Harper’s company Popcorn Storm Pictures. Harper (War and Peace, Peaky Blinders) will also executive produce alongside Vanstone, McGregor, Sharon Hughff, (Three Pines), Pancho Mansfield (Queen of the South), Moonriver TV’s Xavier Marchand (Nautilus, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) and the novel’s writer, New York Times best-selling author Amor Towles. BAFTA® award winning director, and Emmy nominee Sam Miller (Surface, I May Destroy You, Luther) serves as director to select episodes and executive producer. Sarah O’Gorman (The Witcher, The Last Kingdom) also serves as director.

9:15pm Monday on 10.

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