Inside the grand estates cast as Russia’s Winter Palace in ‘The Great’
The Great is a series as mad as they come, never lacking in drama, hilarity and acts of savage brutality (that one rather worryingly grows quite immune to). It’s as slapstick as it is clever – a theatre of words, costumes and some truly resplendent sets. It effortlessly conjures icy, barren – but mind-bogglingly lavish (at least at the heart of the Royal Court) – Russia. Interestingly, none of the series is actually filmed in Russia, instead at a mix of of some of Britain’s grandest stately homes – spanning Yorkshire, Hertfordshire and Leicestershire – and the frankly humongous Royal Palace of Caserta in Southern Italy (that accurately reflects the scale of the lofty Winter Palace of St Petersburg, the official residence of Russian Emperors from 1732 to 1917). Let Tatler reveal where Hulu’s The Great – currently being broadcast on Channel 4 – is filmed.