The action begins in the small German principality, where we meet with the German princess Sophia Augustus Frederica. She is brought to the Russian Empire, where she is forced to accept Orthodoxy and is given a new name "Ekaterina Alekseevna". The luxury and grandeur of the northern capital, intrigue, love and humiliation - all this is still ahead. Through it all passes the young Prussian princess.
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Gregory Orlov was not the father of Catherine's son Paul. In her memoirs, Catherine implied that Paul's real father was a court official named Sergei Saltykov. Her affair with Orlov did not begin until 1760, when Paul was six. See more
Count Gregory Orlov
To me, you're everything a man could desire - could love. To you, I'm a stud. Your husband, the Grand Duke Peter, surely...
He hates me. And I don't think of you as a stud. That's not how I think of you. Not at all. I want you - to love me. I need to feel your strength.
Version shown on TCM 12/26/2019 was the 186 min long two-part mini-series version. See more