Young Catherine

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Young Catherine
VHS cover, featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Julia Ormond
Directed by Michael Anderson
Written by Chris Bryant
Starring Vanessa Redgrave
Julia Ormond
Cinematography Ernest Day
Release date
  • February 17, 1991 (1991-02-17) (U.S.)
Running time
150 minutes;
180 minutes (TNT)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Young Catherine is a 1991 British TV miniseries based on the early life of Catherine II of Russia. It stars Julia Ormond as Catherine and Vanessa Redgrave as Empress Elizabeth.

Plot summary[edit]

The year is 1744, and the beautiful young Catherine (Julia Ormond) is torn from her homeland to marry Peter (Reece Dinsdale), the heir to the Russian throne. However his aunt, Elizabeth, Empress of Russia (Vanessa Redgrave), rules the empire with an iron hand, and Peter proves neither fit for the throne nor the marriage bed. Treated as an outsider and at great risk from enemies who influence her husband, Catherine takes a lover and bears his child. Now, with help of her friend Sir Charles Williams (Christopher Plummer), she must take the throne by force if she, her young son Paul, and the Russian Empire are to survive.


Award and nominations[edit]

Primetime Emmy Awards

Gemini Award

  • Best Dramatic Mini-Series (won)
  • Best Costume Design - Larisa Konnikova (nomination)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series - Julia Ormond (nomination)
  • Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series - Ernest Day (nomination)
  • Best Production Design or Art Direction - Harold Thrasher, Natalya Vasilyeva (nomination)


Both a 150-minute version and a 180-minute Turner Network Television version were released on VHS on May 29, 1991, and both are currently out of print. A 187-minute Russian language version was at one time available on DVD. The film became available on DVD from the Warner Bros Archive Collection on November 19, 2013.[1]


  1. ^ "Young Catherine DVD". TCM shop. Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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