Release Date: 2 November 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Anna Brewster
This lavish British-French-Canadian production could easily be seen as the Gallic Tudors, and although the French monarch here, Louis XIV, didn’t have quite as many wives as Henry VIII, he had an equally colourful life by all accounts. The focus is on the eponymous royal chateau, which the young king (played by former Vikings star George Blagden) is determined to transform into Europe’s most magnificent palace. However, his nobles are restless, with a number of them actively plotting to overthrow him. He also has a love/hate relationship with his gay brother Philippe (Alexander Vlahos), whose wife is one of the king’s many mistresses. All this makes for a juicy historical romp – and the fact that the Sun King ruled for more than 70 years means there’s plenty of material for future seasons.