‘Catherine the Great': Helen Mirren’s Russian Empress Gets Steamy With Jason Clarke, But ‘Will Not Share’ Her Throne (Video)

Historical miniseries debuts in October

HBO released the first trailer for its upcoming “Catherine the Great” limited series starring Helen Mirren as the Russian Empress.

The four-part show miniseries, which is made in association with Sky, will debut Monday, Oct. 21 at 10/9c on the pay TV channel. You can watch the trailer in the video above.

Here’s the official description for “Catherine the Great,” courtesy of HBO:

Starring Academy-award winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”, “Gosford Park”, “The Last Station”) and Jason Clarke (“First Man”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Mudbound”) this four-part drama is set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great (Mirren) who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century. The HBO/Sky production follows Catherine towards the end of her reign during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Clarke). Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia through a series of liberalizing reforms.

In the U.K., all episodes of “Catherine The Great” will launch on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV on Thursday, Oct. 3, with a premiere on linear network Sky set for 9 p.m. local time.

The series is directed by Philip Martin and written by Nigel Williams. Mirren, Martin, and Williams executive produce “Catherine the Great,” with David Thompson acting as executive producer for Origin Pictures and Charlie Pattinson and Christine Healy serving as EPs for New Pictures.

“Catherine the Great” premieres Monday, Oct. 21 at 10/9c on HBO.