The Great viewers have hailed the show their first TV obsession of 2021, after the not-quite-accurate tale of Catherine The Great aired on Channel 4 on Sunday night.
The comedy drama follows Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning), in the first days of her marriage to the sex-mad, foul-mouthed emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult).
As well as featuring a whole lot of nudity, the show focuses on the early years of Catherine’s reign, which lasted from 1762 until 1796.
The first episode saw Catherine make her way in the Russian court, adapting to a new life with to the heavy-drinking, womanising ruler.
The first episode already has people hooked, with viewers taking to social media to praise the show.
They were also quick to compare the show to another eccentric period drama – 2018 film The Favourite.
‘Watching #thegreat and so far, it’s fun, frothy, and daft. Perfect before going back to work!’ one wrote.
‘I’m not only getting The Favourite vibes from this, but also a feeling this will be my new must-see TV. Loving this already!’ another said.
As well as Elle and Nicholas, The Musketeers actress Phoebe Fox stars as Marial, A Series of Unfortunate Events star Louis Hynes plays Vlad and Bohemian Rhapsody’s Gwilym Lee takes on the role of Grigor.
The Great first aired on Hulu and Starzplay over the summer in the US, and now it’s finally making its way onto UK television. The reviews were favourable after the series came out in the US, with the series currently holding an rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Great continues on Channel 4 at 9pm on Sunday.
Credit: Original article published here.