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Tony McNamara dramedy The Great set to reign on Starzplay this summer

The Great, a satirical comedy drama about the rise of Catherine the Great, will debut on Starzplay June 18 in the UK and across Europe. Created by Oscar-nominated writer Tony McNamara (The Favourite), it follows Catherine the Great as she moves from outsider to becoming the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history.

Series leads Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, are joined by Phoebe Fox (Eye in the Sky), Adam Godley (The Umbrella Academy), Gwilym Lee (Bohemian Rhapsody), Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall), Douglas Hodge (Joker), Sacha Dhawan (After Earth), Sebastian de Souza (Medici), Bayo Gbadamosi (Doctor Who) and Belinda Bromilow (Doctor Doctor).

McNamara states that it was his pilot script for The Great that led director Yorgos Lanthimos securing him for The Favourite

Similarities with The Favourite are inevitable

In the US, The Great will debut on Hulu. If you loved The Favourite, you’ll not want to miss this.  McNamara, who has written and executive produced the show, says that it was actually his pilot script for The Great that led director Yorgos Lanthimos securing him for Oscar champion The Favourite, so we can expect much of the same kind of acerbic irreverent humour

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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