New US comedy drama, loosely based on Catherine the Great. A celebration of Peter’s (Nicholas Hoult) father is planned – Peter the Great Day! Peter nervously writes a speech for his military and generals – his father’s old buddies. Catherine (Elle Fanning) presents her ideals for a new Russia to Orlo (Sacha Dhawan) and Marial (Phoebe Fox), who think her radical ideas need to be toned down. Aunt Elizabeth (Belinda Bromilow) reveals to Catherine the existence of Peter’s half-brother Ivan (Charlie Price) – a young child confined to a guarded room, living in secrecy. Peter gifts Catherine a sterile lover, Leo (Sebastian De Souza), to keep her happy. She resists but begins to warm to his poetic nature. Later, Catherine decides to recruit an unhappy general to the cause and approaches Velementov (Douglas Hodge) about the coup. He is drunk and lusts for her, leading her to retreat. And Peter’s dark side surfaces at the celebrations.
The Great – Sunday 9pm on Channel 4