Posted: 22:10 GMT, 3 January 2021 | Updated: 23:09 GMT, Jan. January 2021

As if ‘false news’ wasn’t bad enough, a terrible new genre of television was invented last year – fake story

The Royal Family has been reinterpreted in The Crown as bullying snobs who made fun of citizens who didn’t know how to dress for deer hunting in the highlands, yet another Netflix drama, Bridgerton, shows Georgian England with one Violin quartet, the pop hits of the 21st century Century plays

These shows are documentaries versus The Great (C4) – a retelling of the story of Catherine the Great in 18th century Russia Century obsessed with forcing a pathetic commentary on the privilege of white men on the past

The great stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult retelling Catherine the Great in 28th Russia Century

Elle Fanning plays Catherine, a naive, intrepid German from a family of minor nobility who comes to Moscow to marry her second cousin, the Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult) But horror! Peter is a legitimate brat who treats women as sexual objects and thinks all of his jokes are funny

Of course Catherine the Snowflake is outraged. She is even more appalled that none of the women in Peter’s court is allowed to read “Women are there to sow, not to read,” snorts Peter. This is 1745 – he has never heard of equality Gender?

This ten-part series, which first aired on the streaming video channel Hulu (owned by Disney) last May, is billed as a comedy drama. Emperor Peter Sample Gag: “I don’t like all of the limber soldiers in Palace Es throws a bar over the balls when they can’t dance “That’s about as good as it gets

There are at least acres of brocade and fields of silk, all sewn with shovels full of pearls and diamonds. The ladies-in-waiting wear colored wigs on the back of their heads like hats, and the men stride around in leather boots to the thighs of their breeches

If you’re not into historical accuracy and your idea of ​​a rounded character is a cut from the back of a cereal packet, there’s certainly plenty here to keep the eye entertained and, of course, there’s a lot of rawness,

Peter ruins his bride’s hopes for a romantic wedding night by inviting his best buddy Grigor to the bed chamber so they can continue a duck hunting discussion while he and Catherine have superficial sex, then bullies his new wife into one Threesome with him and Grigor’s wife Georgina (Charity Wakefield)

It is not quite the sensual experience that Catherine had expected, which she describes breathlessly to her maid Marial: “You will melt into one Your bodies, your souls interlock Stars You soar in ecstasy for a while before waves of pleasure push and pull you, and so on for a few minutes

Peter has mummy problems – that is, he worships his dead mother, whose mummified corpse is displayed in royal splendor behind glass. He presents Catherine to her like a boy who brings his first girlfriend home before a school disco

When he learns that Catherine is planning to flee, hidden in a suitcase, Peter has his serfs grab the car and plunge the trunk into a lake. He watches the last of the air blow, then pretends to leave He orders Catherine to be pulled out at the last moment and tossed onto the muddy bank, gasping for air like a trout

Catherine tries to start a school for young women; Peter burns it down. Catherine’s wedding present is a tame bear; Peter shoots it Catherine hits Peter; Peter hits her in the stomach

None of this has any basis in the story. It’s about as subtle as Punch and Judy, and just as repetitive. Instead of squealing, “That’s how it works!” Peter’s catchphrase is “Huzzah!” – but it boils down to the same thing

There was an Empress Catherine, and she married her moronic cousin Peter before putting him in a palace coup and tackling the reform of Russia’s medieval feudal society

It is an extraordinary story that has been retold many times Hollywood greats like Marlene Dietrich, Pola Negri and Tallulah Bankhead play the role of Catherine. It was last redone in 2019 with Helen Mirren as the star

The parallels with the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are fascinating: Anne was smart, politically savvy, and a born reformer, married to an almighty monster that inspired the double Booker-winning novel series by Hilary Mantel and the BBC drama Wolf Hall and a lush retelling in The Tudors

The Big One Might As Well Have Been The characters, the tensions, the story are all there for the shot, but writer Tony McNamara (Oscar-nominated for The Favorite, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne) made the decision, all of that on purpose to discard

The show is subtitled “An Occasionally True Story” His researchers were largely ignored. He said, “Somebody would go and find out what actually happened and then we’d go,” OK, that’s great, the rest of which we can’t worry about “an organic mixture of truth and fiction ‘

Any writer who can use a phrase like “an organic mixture” shouldn’t be allowed near dialogue for a costume drama

McNamara strives for one-liners and occasionally reaches one: “Most women in court,” notes Georgina, “have tongues in the shape of a nine-tailed cat”” Too much of the rest sounds like teenagers on Facebook

Peter’s first remark when meeting his fiancée is, “You smell weird. She indicates she has come a long way.” Let’s hope it is, “he shrugs. After their first breakfast together, he commands a servant “to bring the Empress to the other women to speak of hats”

But at least these lines can be quoted in a family newspaper. Much of his other dialogue consists only of outbursts of curse

And of course there is the endless therapy talk of the 21st Century The poor cuckold Grigor (Gwilym Lee) sighs: “Marriage is a struggle on several levels’

Every minute of this scabies was a fight “You are so judgmental,” Peter tells Catherine after beating her / p>

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Weltnachrichten – GB – Katharina the not so great writes CHRISTOPHER STEVENS