Downton Abbey fans will love Helen Mirren’s new TV drama Catherine The Great

TV shows have been announced in abundance recently, with one star-studded drama after another promising to be our next obsession. Not to mention the upcoming launch of exciting new streaming service, BritBox, bringing us all the best of British telly.

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However, one thing Downton Abbey fans should really look forward to (aside from the upcoming film, of course) is Catherine The Great – a new Sky period drama starring the Queen that is Helen Mirren.

Mirren herself actually came up with the idea for the drama about a Russian Empress which has been written by the genius behind The Crown and Elizabeth I, so it’s already set to be a hit. Here’s everything we know so far…

What is it about?

According to Sky, this four-part drama ‘delves into the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history. Catherine wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century – strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated, she was the definition of the modern woman.’


Mirren, who has always dreamed of playing Catherine, said of her role: ‘I am very excited by the possibility of embodying a woman from history who grabbed and then wielded great power. She rewrote the rules of governance by a woman, and succeeded to the extent of having the word Great attached to her name, Catherine the Great.’

Who are the cast?

As well as Helen Mirren who takes the lead as Catherine, the  period drama will also star some other major names including Mudbound’s Jason Clarke, who will take on the role as Russian nobleman, Grigory Potemkin, whom Catherine shares a passionate love affair.

Meanwhile Bodyguard and Line of Duty star Gina McKee will play Catherine’s confidant Praskovya Bruce and Years and Years’ Rory Kinnear has been cast as Nikita Ivanovich, Catherine’s political mentor.

When will it air?

No exact air date has been announced for Catherine The Great as of yet. However, we can expect it sometime in Autumn according to the trailer.