The Great on Channel 4 is a highly anticipated Russian historical comedy-drama starring a few big stars including Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning.
But what is The Great about, who is playing the lead and how can you see it?
Read on to learn more about the program.
What is The Great on Channel 4 about?
The Great is about the Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great.
It was written by the Oscar-winning The Favorite and is meant to offer a raunchy version of the legendary monarch.
The series is touted as a somewhat absurd, slightly surreal, and gendered interpretation of this period in Russian history.
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How lifelike is the big one?
The Great premiered in America last year and is only loosely based on the life and time of Catherine The Great in the 18th century.
A historical accuracy warning is displayed when broadcasting.
Who stars in The Great?
The Great features several leading actors. These include movie stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult.
Hollywood actress Elle Fanning plays Catherine The Great.
Elle’s previous credits, Dakota Fanning’s younger sister, appear in Maleficent and its sequel, as well as Super 8 and The Neon Demon.
During the conversation with IndieWireElle said she saw Catherine as a feminist icon.
Elle said, “We wanted to make sure we were creating our version of Catherine and the essence of that person, but with all of the things she did.”
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She continued, “It is true, she is the longest ruler of Russia. She brought female education, arts and science to Russia, variolation (vaccination) [from] the smallpox. “
Nicholas Hoult meanwhile plays the wife of Catherine the Great, Peter III. From Russia.
The British star may only be 31 years old, but he’s already a seasoned actor.
He became famous back in 2001 when he starred alongside Hugh Grant in the comedy hit About A Boy.
He starred in the teen hit Skins and is now a Hollywood star thanks to his roles in four X-Men movies and the surprise zombie hit Warm Bodies.
Nicholas portrays Peter III. As a total misogynist who loves Catherine little.
She was reluctant to decide to marry him in order to escape a life of misery in Prussia.
Other actors include Phoebe Fox from Black Mirror as Marial, Sacha Dhawan from Iron Fist as Orlo and Adam Godley from Breaking Bad as Archie.
When is The Great on Channel 4?
The Great launches on Channel 4 on Sunday January 3rd at 9 p.m.
However, the entire series is already available to StarzPlay UK subscribers.
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