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After organizing a coup in 1762, overthrowing her husband, Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren) rules Russia with a firm hand, matching wits with the irascible military leader Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke). The Empress has been portrayed in several films and TV projects; this appealing miniseries (written by Nigel Williams who was behind Elizabeth I (2005), which also starred Mirren) focuses on her great romance with Potemkin who helped her expand Russia’s territory, fighting the Turks and taking Crimea. Playing lustful, power-hungry people, Mirren and Clarke look like they had fun.
2019-U.S.-Britain. Made for TV. 217 min. Color. Directed by Philip Martin. Teleplay: Nigel Williams. Cast: Helen Mirren (Catherine the Great), Jason Clarke (Grigory Potemkin), Rory Kinnear (Nikita Ivanovich Panin), Gina McKee, Kevin McNally, Richard Roxburgh.
Trivia: Originally shown in four episodes.