The U.S. premium broadcaster will be going after co-production partner Sky in the UK; the Comcast-owned pay-TV broadcaster is set to air it on its linear Sky Atlantic network on October 3 with all four episodes available on-demand.
The drama is set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great (Mirren) who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century. The series follows Catherine towards the end of her reign during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Clarke). Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia through a series of liberalizing reforms.
Penned by HBO’s Elizabeth I scribe Nigel Williams, it also stars Joseph Quinn, Gina McKee, Rory Kinnear, Richard Roxburgh, Kevin McNally and Sam Palladio.
The series is executive produced by Helen Mirren, Philip Martin, who also directs, Nigel Williams, David Thompson, for Origin Pictures and Charlie Pattinson and Christine Healy for New Pictures.