If period dramas are your thing then Catherine the Great is an absolute must-see.

If you’re a TV fanatic, then you’ll be well aware that Sky has long been synonymous with great television. 

Over the years, they’ve offered fans such great titles as the critically adored mini-series Chernobyl, Riviera, Fortitude, Tin Star, The Young Pope and many more. 

Netflix and Amazon similarly offer a lot of great TV, but the latest project to attract attention and intrigue is that of the lavishly ambitious Catherine the Great. 

The series lands on Sky Atlantic on Thursday, October 3rd 2019 at 9 pm. It tells the tale of the female monarch, taking place in the eighteenth century and examines her reign of power amongst other things with fascinating attention to detail. You won’t want to miss it, but how many episodes are there?

Catherine the Great: How many episodes?

There are four episodes of Catherine the Great in total; it’s been billed as a miniseries. 

It’s a HBO title and with such productions as the aforementioned Chernobyl and the unparalleled Game of Thrones under their banner, this is set to be one of the most praised TV efforts of the year. 

Looking further into it, the series was directed by the great Phillip Martin, who has previously helmed episodes of the similarly impressive The Crown; a great fit!

It was written by English novelist Nigel Williams, well known for the two-part 2005 TV drama Elizabeth I. He’s a great playwright too, so again, big expectations for this one. 

Who’s in the cast?

When you take a look at the cast, it becomes even more impressive and imperative. 

In the titular role, you have legendary actress Helen Mirren, who has previously appeared in such films as Red, The Queen, Gosford Park, Hitchcock, The Fate of the Furious and beyond. 

Then again, she’s not the only great performer to grace the ensemble, as she’s joined by Rory Kinnear (The Imitation Game) as Minister Panin, Georgina Beedle (Tank 432) as Princess Natalia, Andrew Rothney (Mary Queen of Scots) as Alexander Mamonov, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) as Grigory Potemkin and more. 

It’s really well cast, but as we say, that’s just one of the reasons to tune in.  


All in one burst? 

You bet!

All episodes of Catherine the great are available from Thursday, October 3rd 2019. 

You can also catch it on Now TV once it’s aired, so it’ll be ready to watch at your own convenience over the weekend or later on if you’re as allured by the show’s promise as we are. 


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