Preview: Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great - Helen Mirren

Part three of four in this historical drama based on the life of Russian empress Catherine the Great.

Catherine (Helen Mirren) and Potemkin’s relationship becomes increasingly tempestuous. The stifled Potemkin wants to leave Court and make his mark on the world, whilst the weary Catherine finds his jealousy and mood swings difficult to deal with. They eventually come to an arrangement that allows each more freedom whilst retaining their special political and spiritual connection.

Potemkin embarks on an ambitious mission to the Crimea, whilst Catherine works on strengthening the dynastic line. When tragedy strikes for Paul, Catherine resorts to extreme measures to wrench him from his grief. Meanwhile, Minister Panin and Alexei Orlov find their positions under threat.

Catherine the Great – Thursday at 9.00pm on Sky Atlantic