Super Channel Unveils Period Drama Versailles
Super Channel unveils Versailles. The Lavish period drama debuts Monday, November 16 at 10 p.m. ET with a special two episode premiere.
Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, is pleased to announce that Versailles, a Canada/France coproduction depicting the epic tale of Louis XIV’s quest to become the most powerful monarch in Europe, will premiere on Monday, November 16 at 10 p.m. ET (SC1) with a special two episode premiere.
Subsequent one hour episodes of the ten x one hour series will air weekly on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET. All episodes will be available on Super Channel On Demand, the day after their initial broadcast.
Set against a backdrop of power, love, betrayal and war, the ambitious period drama features an exceptional international cast lead by George Blagden (Vikings) as Louis XIV and Alexander Vlahos (Merlin, Privates) as Monsieur, his brother. The cast also includes Canadian actors Tygh Runyan as Fabien, secret police; Steve Cumyn as Colbert and Evan Williams in the role of Chevalier. Also featured in the international cast are Stuart Bowman, Amira Casar, Noémie Schmidt, Anna Brewster, Sarah Winter, Anatole Taubman, Lizzie Brocheré and Dominque Blanc.
VERSAILLES, 1667. Louis XIV is 28 years old. To tame the nobility and win absolute power, he launches the construction of Versailles. A trap is set.
Versailles introduces Louis as the young King and solitary commander of France following his mother’s death. Louis is plagued by insecurity brought on by ambitious government ministers and traumatic childhood memories of a bitter and deadly coup attempt known as the “Fronde”.
To win absolute power, he creates a trap at Versailles. Using the palace and its entertainments as bait, Louis ensnares and dis-empowers the nobles who threaten his monarchy. Amongst his targets is his younger brother, Monsieur, an openly gay warrior for whom Louis’ hatred is matched only by his love.
The first season sees Louis evolve from a young King into an absolute Monarch; a 17th century rock-star with the mind of Machiavelli. A calculating predator, Louis is determined to drag France out of the dark ages, and transform her into a supreme global power.
Revealing a world of betrayal, lust and political schemes, Versailles takes the viewer behind the scenes of courtly pomp and ceremony. In this intriguing arena, the humble and wealthy find themselves all sharing the same ambition: to win the King’s favour. And they would do anything for their own brief moment in the Sun…
Versailles is a Zodiak, Capa Drama, CANAL+ and Incendo co-production. The series was created by Simon Mirren (Without a Trace, Criminal Minds) and David Wolstencroft (MI-5, The Escape Artist) who also serve as showrunners and executive producers on the series, along with executive producers Anne Thomopoulos (Rome, The Borgias, Camelot), Claude Chelli and Jean Bureau.