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The Great Series Premieres Fri 15 May on Hulu



The Great is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. Season One is a fictionalized, fun and anachronistic story of 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. A very modern story about the past which encompasses the many roles she played over her lifetime as lover, teacher, ruler, friend, and fighter.

In the opening episode we are in 1761; Catherine travels to Russia and becomes the Empress by marrying the Emperor of Russia, Peter. With hopes of marrying a great love, Catherine soon realizes Peter is a selfish brat who stands against everything she values. Catherine is feeling hopeless and verging on suicide when her servant, Marial, presents her with an alternative path – to overthrow Peter.

Adam Godley
Charity Wakefield
Douglas Hodge
Elle Fanning as Catherine
Gwilym Lee as Grigor
Nicholas Hoult as Peter
Phoebe Fox as Marial
Sacha Dhawan
Sebastian De Souza as Leo

Season 1 Episode 1

Airdate: Friday 15 May 2020 on Hulu