Versailles (TV series)

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Versailles
Series title faded in over an image of Versailles
Created by
Directed by
Starring
Opening theme "Outro" – M83
Composer(s)
  • NOIA
  • Michel Corriveau
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 30 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jean Bureau
  • Claude Chelli
  • Anne Thomopoulos
  • Simon Mirren
  • David Wolstencroft
  • Guillaume Thouret
  • Gaspard de Chavagnac
Producer(s)
  • Ian Whitehead
  • Jean Bureau
  • Aude Albano
  • Claude Chelli
  • Anne Thomopoulos
  • Simon Mirren
  • David Wolstencroft
Location(s)
  • France
  • Canada
Cinematography Pierre-Yves Bastard
Editor(s)
  • Mike Fromentin
  • Sarah Anderson
  • Jean-François Elie
Production company(s)
Distributor Zodiak Rights
Release
Original network Canal+
Picture format HDTV 1080i
First shown in France
Original release 16 November 2015 (2015-11-16) – May 21, 2018
External links
Official website (Canal)
Official Website (BBC)

Versailles is a Franco-Canadian historical fiction television series, set during the construction of the Palace of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV, that premiered on 16 November 2015 on Canal+ in France and on Super Channel in Canada, in May 2016 on BBC Two in Britain, and on 1 October 2016 on Ovation in the US. A second season was ordered prior to the season one premiere. Filming for the second season began in February 2016; its story took place four years after that of the first season. The second season premiered on 27 March 2017 in France,and aired from 21 April 2017 in Britain. On 14 September 2016, producer Claude Chelli confirmed that Versailles had been renewed for a third season, which began filming in April 2017. On 17 April 2018, Variety reported that the third season of Versailles would be its last.

Plot introduction[edit]

Versailles, 1667. Haunted by the trauma of the Fronde, as the nobles of his court begin to rebel against the monarchy, 28-year-old King Louis XIV of France and Navarre (George Blagden), in a Machiavellian political move, decides to make the nobility submit by imposing a definitive move of the court from Paris to Versailles, his father's former hunting lodge. Trapped by their king's "invitation", the nobles of Paris gradually come to see the palace as a gilded prison, and soon even the most humble courtiers of the king begin to show their viciousness as the alcoves of secrets, politics, and war are maneuvered through, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality.[citation needed]

Cast[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 November 16, 2015 (2015-11-16) December 14, 2015 (2015-12-14)
2 10 March 27, 2017 (2017-03-27) April 24, 2017 (2017-04-24)
3 10 April 23, 2018 (2018-04-23) May 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Un roi sans château n'a rien d'un vrai roi"
"Welcome to Versailles"
Jalil LespertStory by : Simon Mirren & David Wolstencroft and Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton
Teleplay by : Simon Mirren & David Wolstencroft
16 November 2015 (2015-11-16)
22"L'État c'est moi"
"I Am the State"
Jalil LespertSimon Mirren & David Wolstencroft16 November 2015 (2015-11-16)
33"Il est temps que la noblesse réplique"
"Mirror for Princes"
Christoph SchreweSimon Mirren & David Wolstencroft23 November 2015 (2015-11-23)
44"Demain j'aurai bien plus de choses en commun avec mon ennemi qu'avec mon propre frère"
"The Road"
Christoph SchreweSimon Mirren & David Wolstencroft23 November 2015 (2015-11-23)
55"La guerre fait toujours rage en toi, dis-lui "Halte""
"Bow to Your King"
Christoph SchreweSasha Hails30 November 2015 (2015-11-30)
66"Ce n'est pas un enfant que tu lui donnes, c'est un bâton avec lequel il nous frappera"
"Invalides"
Thomas VincentStory by : Sasha Hails
Teleplay by : Andrew Bampfield
30 November 2015 (2015-11-30)
77"La maladie du Roi empire, c'est maintenant qu'il faut agir"
"Revelations"
Thomas VincentStory by : Sasha Hails
Teleplay by : Simon Mirren & David Wolstencroft
7 December 2015 (2015-12-07)
88"Ton palais de rêve est en train de devenir un paradis du complot"
"Diplomacy"
Daniel RobyAndrew Bampfield7 December 2015 (2015-12-07)
99"Des forces beaucoup plus puissantes et déterminées continuent de chercher à nous détruire"
"Etiquette"
Daniel RobyAndrew Bampfield14 December 2015 (2015-12-14)
1010"Laissez-moi sentir le soleil sur ma peau"
"Bring the Garden Here"
Daniel RobySimon Mirren & David Wolstencroft14 December 2015 (2015-12-14)

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
111"Labyrinthe"
"The Labyrinth"
Thomas VincentStory by : Simon Mirren & David Wolstencroft
Teleplay by : David Wolstencroft
27 March 2017 (2017-03-27)
122"Un murmure doux et léger"
"A Still Small Voice"
Thomas VincentStory by : Simon Mirren & David Wolstencroft
Teleplay by : David Wolstencroft
27 March 2017 (2017-03-27)
133"Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?"
"Who Will Guard the Guards Themselves?"
Thomas VincentAndrew Bampfield3 April 2017 (2017-04-03)
144"Miasme"
"Miasma"
Thomas VincentAndrew Bampfield3 April 2017 (2017-04-03)
155"Guerre et paix"
"War and Peace"
Mike BarkerAndrew Bampfield & David Wolstencroft10 April 2017 (2017-04-10)
166"Les Sables du temps"
"The Sands of Time"
Mike BarkerStory by : Andrew Bampfield & David Wolstencroft
Teleplay by : Tim Loane
10 April 2017 (2017-04-10)
177"Une nuit"
"A Night"
Mike BarkerAndrew Bampfield17 April 2017 (2017-04-17)
188"Le nouveau régime"
"The New Regime"
Louis ChoquetteStory by : Andrew Bampfield & David Wolstencroft and Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Andrew Bampfield
17 April 2017 (2017-04-17)
199"Sept Ombres"
"Seven Shadows"
Louis ChoquetteStory by : Andrew Bampfield & David Wolstencroft and Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Tim Loane
24 April 2017 (2017-04-24)
2010"De pierres et de sang"
"Of Blood and Stone"
Louis ChoquetteAndrew Bampfield & Tim Loane24 April 2017 (2017-04-24)

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

The third season was released on demand in its entirety on 23 April 2018.[3]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
211"Miroirs et fumée"
"Smoke and Mirrors"
Richard ClarkStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Tim Loane
23 April 2018 (2018-04-23)
222"Question de confiance"
"Question of Trust"
Richard ClarkStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Andrew Bampfield
23 April 2018 (2018-04-23)
233"La vérité éclatera"
"The Truth Will Burst"
Richard ClarkStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Martha Hillier
30 April 2018 (2018-04-30)
244"Crime et châtiment"
"Crime and Punishment"
Richard ClarkStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Steve Bailie
30 April 2018 (2018-04-30)
255"L'au-delà"
"The Beyond"
Edward BazalgetteStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Tim Loane
7 May 2018 (2018-05-07)
266"La roue de la fortune"
"The Wheel of Fortune"
Edward BazalgetteStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Andrew Bampfield
7 May 2018 (2018-05-07)
277"Le livre des révélations"
"The Book of Revelations"
Edward BazalgetteStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Martha Hillier
14 May 2018 (2018-05-14)
288"Des hommes et des dieux"
"Men and Gods"
Peter Van HeesStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Steve Bailie
14 May 2018 (2018-05-14)
299"La poudrière"
"The Powder Keg"
Peter Van HeesStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Tim Loane
21 May 2018 (2018-05-21)
3010"L'héritage"
"The Legacy"
Peter Van HeesStory by : Andrew Bampfield & Tim Loane
Teleplay by : Andrew Bampfield
21 May 2018 (2018-05-21)

Production[edit]

A second season was ordered prior to the season one premiere. Filming for the second season began in February 2016; its story took place four years after that of the first season.

On 14 September 2016, producer Claude Chelli confirmed that Versailles had been renewed for a third season, which would begin filming in April 2017.[4] On 11 May 2017, the official Instagram account of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte published pictures of the ongoing shoot of the third season.[5] On 17 April 2018, Variety reported that the third season of Versailles would be its last.[6]

Broadcast[edit]

Versailles premiered on 16 November 2015 on Canal+ in France and on Super Channel in Canada, in May 2016 on BBC Two in Britain, and on 1 October 2016 on Ovation in the U.S. The Movie Network gave early access to all of season 2 in October 2016, prior to its 2017 broadcast dates.[7] The series stayed on the English-language Super Channel until May 2016[8] but was gone by December 2016,[9] after TMN had made season 2 available early. The French version of Super Channel is keeping the show available until 8 November 2020. City aired the first six episodes of season 1 from January 4 to February 25.[10]

The second season premiered on 27 March 2017 in France,[11] and aired from 21 April 2017 in Britain.[11] At some point after the first season concluded, Super Channel lost the Canadian broadcast rights to the series.[12] Subsequently, The Movie Network picked up those rights and began airing reruns of the first season.[13][better source needed]

Filming locations[edit]

In addition to the Palace of Versailles, many other palaces and chateaux were filmed for the depiction of the unfinished Versailles, including:

Reception[edit]

The first season of Versailles received mixed to positive reviews from critics. It holds a Metacritic rating of 55 out of 100, based on six reviews,[14] and an 80 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 6.56 out of 10, based on 10 reviews.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cocherel, Malik (22 December 2016). "Versailles: Suzanne Clément in the shadow of the Sun King". The Huffington Post (in French). Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Filmer, Antonia (13 August 2016). "From Edwardian England to the Palace of Versailles". The Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Planning Séries – France". Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ Sitbon, Prescilia (14 September 2016). "C. CHELLI (CAPA Drama) : «Versailles saison 3 devrait entrer en tournage en avril 2017»". média+ (in French). 
  5. ^ "Instagram post by Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte • May 11, 2017 at 6:10pm UTC". Instagram. 
  6. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (7 April 2018). "Canal Plus' Fabrice de La Patelliere on Versailles 3, What's Next". Variety. Retrieved 22 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Versailles". Archived from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Series - Super Channel". 20 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Series - Super Channel". 22 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Versailles". City TV. 
  11. ^ a b Kettley, Sebastian (31 March 2017). "When does Versailles season 2 start? BBC release date, cast, trailer, and more". Daily Express. Northern & Shell. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "What Happened to Versailles?". Super Channel. 3 June 2016. Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "The Movie Network - Series - Versailles". The Movie Network. 
  14. ^ "Versailles: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Versailles: Season 1 (2015-2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 3, 2018. 

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