Catherine (TV series)

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Catherine
Екатерина
Genre History
Serial drama
Created by Aleksander Baranov
Ramil Sabitov
Starring Marina Aleksandrova
Julia Aug
Aleksander Lazare Jr.
Aleksander Yatsenko
Vladimir Menshov
Composer(s) Nikolai Rostov
Country of origin Russia
Original language(s) Russian
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Natalia Schneiderova
Anton Zlatopolskiy
Aleksander Akopov
Catherine Epanova
Location(s) Moscow
Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Editor(s) Arif Aliev
Running time 45–60 minutes
Production company(s) Amedia
Release
Original network Russia-1
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release November 24 (2014-11-24) – November 27, 2014 (2014-11-27)
External links
Website
[amediafilm.ru/a/news/press/?obj=452 Production website]

Catherine is a 2014 Russia-1 television mini-series starring Marina Aleksandrova as Russian empress Catherine the Great. It tells the story of princess Sophie Friederike Auguste who later came to power and become Empress of Russia following a coup d'état and the assassination of her husband, Peter III. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.

It was premiered on November 24, 2014 on Channel Russia-1[1]

During the broadcast, the series held the top spot TV Rating of films and TV series in Russia and became one of the most popular TV series in Russian Federation.[2]

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In 1745 in Saint Petersburg, Empress Elizabeth is childless, and she appoints her nephew Peter Fedorovich as the heir to Russian throne, but he is born in Prussia and can hardly speak Russian.

Elizabeth decides to marry him with a princess, and when he would have a son she plans to take the boy to educate him to become the future emperor. Elizabeth chooses a wife for her nephew, German Princess Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Sophia Frederike is sent to a distant and foreign land hoping to find happiness, but faces with the intrigues and plots of the Russian Imperial yard, the indifference of the spouse and the diabolical plans of the Empress. The girl takes the name Catherine Alexeevna (Yekaterina) and takes everything into her own hands to save herself and her children from the deadly danger, as the emperor Peter III desires to send her from the palace.

Soon, in July 1762, barely six months after becoming emperor, Peter commits the political error of retiring with his Holstein-born courtiers and relatives to Oranienbaum, leaving his wife in Saint Petersburg. On July 8 and 9, the Leib Guard revolts, deposes Peter from power, and proclaims Catherine the new monarch. The bloodless coup d'état succeeds and Catherine becomes the new empress, and thus the Catherinian Era and the Golden Age of the Russian Empire begins.

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