BBC announces start date for French drama Versailles

BBC announces start date for French drama Versailles

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Versailles has already proved a huge hit in Canada and France (Credit: BBC/Canal+)

The start date for hit period drama Versailles has been announced.

The long-awaited series will begin on BBC Two on 1 June 2016 at 9.30pm.

The series follows the machinations of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who moves his court away from Paris to the luxurious palace of Versailles.

At first the courtiers are delighted at their secluded paradise, but they quickly come to see the Palace for what it is: a gilded prison.

The series comes from Simon Mirren (Waking the Dead) and David Wollencroft (Spooks) and stars George Blagden as Louis XIV and Alexander Vlahos as Philippe, Duke of Orleans. 

Find out who's who in our handy guide to the French court. 

Warning: trailer features explicit content


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