National Geographic: Icons Of Power - Empress Of Ambition
Catherine the Great's stunning rise to power was fuelled by cold-blooded murder, artful treachery and infamous sexual intrigue. Yet her legacy to Russia would be one of social enlightenment and economic progress.
Relive the tumultuous era of a sprawling nation on the cusp of modernity, as the young Catherine reveals herself as an absolute master of 18th century statecraft, from the battlefields of the Crimea to the boudoirs of the Winter Palace. Brought to life with vivid dramatic recreations, it's the gripping chronicle of one remarkable woman's voracious drive for political survival, romantic conquest and military supremacy - and the indelible mark she would leave on the largest empire the world had ever known.