The TV network Ovation first came to prominence when it broadcast the British dark comedy “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, back in 2013. Now, Ovation will broadcast another acclaimed international series for U.S. audiences, Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft’s historical series “Versailles.”
The series follows the 28-year-old Louis XIV (George Blagden), who decides to make the rebellious nobility submit by moving the court from Paris to Versailles, his father’s former hunting lodge, in order to impose his absolute power. Not long after Louis launches the construction of the palace, the nobles realize that their castle resembles a gilded prison, and as the king’s viciousness becomes more and more apparent, the plethora of secrets and the nastiness of politics reveal themselves in all their glory. Watch two exclusive clips from the series: The first features Louis upset at Queen Marie-Thérèse (Elisa Lasowski)’s betrayal and the second features Madame de Montespan (Anna Brewster) and the pregnant Louise de La Vallière (Sarah Winter) muse with Henriette (Noémie Schmidt) about how differently war would be if women were in charge.
Co-creator Simon Mirren is best known for writing British TV series like “Spooks” and “Waking the Dead,” as well as writing and producing for American shows like “Without a Trace” and “Criminal Minds.” Meanwhile, David Wolstencroft is known for creating “Spooks” and creating and writing the recent British drama “The Escape Artist” starring David Tennant of “Dr. Who” fame.
“Versailles” first premiered on November 16th, 2015 on Canal+ in France and Super Channel in Canada, and in June 2016 on BBC2 in Britain. It will premiere in the United States on October 1st at 10pm on Ovation. Find Ovation in your area at the network website.