If you loved The Favourite and Marie Antoinette, we have a feeling you're going to fall head over heels for The Great, a deliciously dark historical drama set to air on Channel 4. The show, which debuted on Hulu earlier this year, has been praised by American audiences and critics alike for its deeply satirical take on 18th-century Russia, earning it a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Created by Tony McNamara, cowriter of The Favourite, and starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, we're hardly surprised that The Great is, well, pretty great!
Ahead of the series's United Kingdom premiere on Sunday, 3 Jan. 2021, here's everything you need to know about your soon-to-be TV obsession.
What Is The Great About?
According to the official synopsis, The Great is a "modern love story that incorporates historical facts, occasionally." Following — albeit very loosely — the life of Catherine the Great, the 10-part drama charts the rise of the ruler from young bride and outsider to Russia's longest-reigning female monarch.
At the heart of it, though, The Great is about "an idealistic, romantic young girl, who arrives in Russia for an arranged marriage to the mercurial Emperor Peter. Hoping for love and sunshine, she finds instead a dangerous, depraved, backward world that she resolves to change. All she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court onside."
Is There a Trailer for The Great?
While Channel 4 itself hasn't released a trailer for the upcoming series, you can watch the official Hulu trailer for the series below.
Who Stars in The Great?
Elle Fanning leads the cast as Catherine, while Nicholas Hoult plays her temperamental husband, Peter III.
Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi, and Belinda Bromilow complete the cast.
When and Where Can I Watch The Great in the UK?
You can catch all 10 episodes of season one of The Great on Channel 4 in 2021. The first episode will air at 9 p.m. on Sunday, 3rd of January on Channel 4, with subsequent episodes airing weekly at the same time. The show will also be available to watch on the channel's streaming service, All 4.