Catherine the Great (miniseries)

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Catherine the Great
Genre Drama
Written by Nigel Williams
Directed by Philip Martin
Composer Rupert Gregson-Williams
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducerJules Hussey
Production locations
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Russia
CinematographyStuart Howell
  • Stuart Gazzard
  • Selina MacArthur
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
  • New Pictures
  • Origin Pictures
  • Sky Studios
Distributor Sky Vision
Original network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release3 October 2019 (2019-10-03)
External links
Production website

Catherine the Great is a British-American miniseries in four parts written by Nigel Williams and directed by Philip Martin for Sky Atlantic and HBO Miniseries. It stars Helen Mirren as the titular Catherine the Great. [1] [2]


The miniseries premiered in its entirety on 3 October 2019 on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. [3] It debuted on 21 October 2019 on HBO in the United States. [4] The show was also distributed worldwide by Sky Vision. [5]


The miniseries depicts Empress Catherine II of Russia's reign, from 1764, two years after taking power, until her death in 1796.

Cast and characters




Filming locations

The majority of filming took place in Lithuania, due to scenery of the country and favourable film tax incentives [7] [8] [9] - Vilnius, Pažaislis monastery and Trakai Island Castle. A large part of filming, in particular the episodes happening in the throne room, many corridor episodes, the cross-dressing ball at the end of Episode 1, and the scenes that take place on the stairs outside the palace, were filmed in Rundāle Palace in Latvia. Other scenes were filmed in St Petersburg, Peterhof Palace, and Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo Russia. [10]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K./U.S. viewers
(millions) [11]
1"Episode 1" Phillip Martin Nigel Williams 3 October 2019 (2019-10-03)0.345 and 0.332 [12]
2"Episode 2"Phillip MartinNigel Williams3 October 2019 (2019-10-03)0.345 and 0.232 [13]
3"Episode 3"Phillip MartinNigel Williams3 October 2019 (2019-10-03)0.345 and 0.311 [14]
4"Episode 4"Phillip MartinNigel Williams3 October 2019 (2019-10-03)0.345 and 0.237 [15]


The four-part miniseries premiered in its entirety on Sky Atlantic, On Demand and Now TV in the United Kingdom on 3 October 2019. [3] It debuted in its entirety on HBO Go and HBO Now in the United States on 21 October 2019, [4] while HBO broadcast one part per week until 11 November 2019. [16] Catherine the Great premiered on Fox Showcase in Australia on 3 November 2019. [17]


2020 British Academy Television Awards Best Make Up & Hair DesignKirstin ChalmersNominated [18]
Best Titles & Graphic IdentityElasticNominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Limited Series or Television Film Helen Mirren Nominated [19]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special Jim Goddard, Craig Butters, Duncan Price, Matthew Mewett, Andrew Glen, Anna Wright and Catherine Thomas (for "Episode 4")Nominated [20]
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film Helen MirrenNominated [21]

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