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A Second season of Drama series Versailles aired on March 20, 2017

S2 Started March 20, 2017
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Prepare for opulence and intrigue in the Franco-Candian offering on Canal+.  Filmed in rich colors and often on a grand scale, this production features stunning views of French architecture during the reign of the Sun King.  Given the setting of the piece, the palace at Versailles has not yet been fully constructed out of what was once a royal hunting lodge, but many famous châteaux are featured.  While the series is set in France and was originally produced for French television, the action is filmed in English.  It was written by the nephew of Dame Helen Mirren, Simon Mirren who has earned some acclaim on his own in well-received British shows.  With a budget of €30 million, it is the most expensive television production ever filmed in France.

The court of Louis XIV, in an effort to secure his political and economic power, moved to @Versailles when he was 28 years of age.  This portrayal, starring George Blagden in the lead role, is a bawdy look at what life in his court was like.  Intrigue, passion, and indulgence pour forth in nearly every scene as the longest-sitting-monarch in European history struggles to control the aristocracy that had nearly succeeded in rebelling just over a decade before.  While Louis asserts his divine right to rule and continues to centralize the government, he must assure those who might have power are loyal to him…or at least kept in check.  The invitation he extended to his noble guests is soon revealed to be a constraint on them as well.

Though some French critics were appalled that a show produced for a French station about one of the most famous French rulers in history would be filmed in English, many acknowledge the broader marketability to an international audience.  With so much money invested in making the series, producers were worried the costs could not be recuperated within France and French-speaking Canada.  The budget certainly shines through in the costuming and sets, and when paired with the high-caliber acting of the entire cast, each episode is a joy to behold.  It is being broadcast in multiple nations, primarily in Europe, and has not yet been available for viewers in the United States. Well-written, this production stays true to all known facts, but some license has probably been taken with dialogue and personal interactions.  It is worth noting, though, the producers do not shy from any of the known facts, even to including Louis’ brother’s male lover as part of the story.

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Owing in part to the all-star cast and crew, and no little amount of critical acclaim despite some French fears the English dialogue would dumb down the subject matter, the second series of episodes was commissioned before the first even aired.  We know it is set to be four years after the first season, which was set in 1667.  This would put it just before the Franco-Dutch war, so we might expect to see some British and Rhineland nobility as the allies prepare to declare war.  It may skip time and see the French reversal of allies after the Treaty of Westminster.  We can expect the Palace of #Versailles itself to

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be further along in completion, though it wasn’t finished until 1682.

Should this series prove as popular as the producers hope, we may yet see further seasons.  After Louis XIV moved his court to the palace officially, it remained the seat of power in France until 1789.  With over a century of political scheming from which to choose, the writers can continue with the current cast, or possibly dazzle us with a new set of talent.

#S2 Of #Versailles To Be Released On March 20th... In France !

UPDATED June 7, 2016

Versailles will make its USA series premiere with Ovation on October 1st. The royal period piece has been a worldwide sensation for a few years and is finally making its way over to American television. Versailles is slow burner heaven, but very entertaining once you get into the story.

UPDATED May 24, 2016

UPDATED May 19, 2016

In the meantime :)


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Vikki
Vikki
11 months 20 days ago

Loved the Show and waiting for SEASON 2 PLEASE

TheCountessOfRochester
TheCountessOfRochester
9 months 10 days ago

BEST THING I HAVE WATCHED IN MY LIFE! Better than any movie ever. The costumes are phenomenal, scenery and grandeur is EPIC. Louis XIV and Philippe are so sexy! Philippe and the Chevalier are gorgeous to watch. I love them together. Acting is brilliant. By episode 3 each week in between felt like a month! I was bursting at the seams and could not wait any longer, I have now bought series 1 on dvd!! Lol after already watching episode 1, 2 and 3 three times each! I’m hooked!

Harvey Neese
Harvey Neese
9 months 10 days ago

Love the series and dying to see Second Season

Janet
Janet
7 months 24 days ago

One of the best series ever cannot wait for the second series

Sharon
Sharon
7 months 24 days ago

Best show I have seen. I wait in anticipation for season 2.

ines ortega
ines ortega
7 months 23 days ago

Waiting for season 2. I am so full of desires of revenge! Louis XIV was succeeded by a grandson, so much he lived and so long was his reign. He was an absolute monarch, but he is likable in the series. So, I know they won’t be able to kill him, but I want ¡revenge, blood! Envious lords!

Michelle
Michelle
7 months 23 days ago

Absolutely gripped by this programme…each episode seems to go so quickly….i just want to watch it forever…never want it to end…..completely hooked…love love love it ! Louis, Phillipe and many other charactors are so handsome !!.. they are depicted in a natural genuine and.humourous way.. as Phillipe is quiete cheeky and playful.and seems to revel in teasing and annoying his brother Louis.
I am over the moon that they are carrying on filming episodes to follow this one..so so happy now!! Long May it continue !

Denise Farrell
Denise Farrell
7 months 20 days ago

I loved it I’m totally hooked and can’t wait for the next season. I hope it will be not to long x

Alfie
Alfie
7 months 17 days ago

Absolutely fantastic series can’t for series two

Christophe
Christophe
7 months 17 days ago

Tres, tres, tremendos! Superb in every way. So pleased there will be a second series. So sad it won’t be on next week! Well done BBC.

Pallu
Pallu
7 months 16 days ago

Fantastic and gripping, can’t wait for series two

Jan
Jan
7 months 14 days ago

One word – Brilliant! Bring on Series 2.

Wild Rose
Wild Rose
7 months 2 days ago

Greetings,
Absolutely loved the whole series – have just purchased the Full Season One (as I live in New Zealand it was not easy to find). Loved every minute of it. Should hope the Producers etc continue with this Series. Having been to Versailles itself a couple of times – you can easily see the beauty behind the treachery and tragedy that made it what it is. Actually what Louis himself foretold about it being spoken about in years to come, like a piece of music played by memory. One other thing the script writers got perfectly right was the talk that Louis gave to his son about what would be his “gifts of expectation as well as his duty to give back along with the responsibility for those in his care” being France and her people. A Royal Family or two could certainly learn from that sentiment today. Have a good evening/day wherever you are in this great wide world.

sarah
sarah
7 months 1 day ago

cant wait for series 2, absolutely loved series 1

allan
allan
7 months 1 day ago

Wonderful series am mid way through series 1 and anxiously await series 2

Linda
Linda
7 months 11 hours ago

Great series, so glad there will be series 2. The intro music is beautiful , II have downloaded to my iPad and purchased series 1 dvd. Beautiful locations and great acting. Found myself reading French history.

Beth
Beth
6 months 27 days ago

I love period dramas and this is one if the best ones by far! Great acting, great storyline, great costume! I can’t wait for season 2.

Rosita
Rosita
6 months 27 days ago

Absolutely fabulous………….. Even just portraying a Frenchman makes you sexy!!!!!

Subia
Subia
6 months 8 days ago

Can’t wait for season 2

Lynette
Lynette
6 months 5 days ago

Love this series in everyway. The costumes are magnificent and the whole cast are wonderful. Even the opening credits are si cool. Can not wait for Season 2. Please do more of history’s monarchs, expecially of this quality. How wonderful it is to have so much magical talent in this world.

auroradawn
auroradawn
5 months 26 days ago

I have hundreds of channels and am disappointed that I cannot get the one this airs on in the US. Any chance it will air on BBC America?

Lora Rowsell
Lora Rowsell
5 months 15 days ago

Just watched the first two episodes of the first season and am now trolling every website to find out when will the next season start..how did I not see this a yr ago?! Needless to say its possible that this is the next best thing! The wardrobe,makeup, wig masters are brilliant and the actors are just wonderful…and I love that I’ve never seen them before.visually stunning please keep going..we are all captivated by versaille.

Carol
Carol
4 months 7 days ago

Finally something exciting to watch! Very few shows havnt been this good since Dynasty!

Susan
Susan
4 months 7 days ago

This show is amazing. Superb writing and acting, with gorgeous scenery and sets in the background. I cannot wait for season 2!

Nedra
Member
4 months 5 days ago

Loving this program. Cannot wait for season two. Addictive as hell.

Betty
Betty
4 months 2 days ago

I love it!!!!!!!!!!! I think I like history now.

Mommabones
Mommabones
3 months 26 days ago

Can’t wait for season 2. I loved season 1.

robie
robie
3 months 27 days ago

this is by far my favorite program . wish it was on everyday !

Blanche Dubois
Blanche Dubois
3 months 12 days ago

Would be a wonderful series without the FEMALE NUDITY. Or add equal MALE NUDITY. Either one of those options would make it a more realistic program. Maybe the men are all too small to show it all.

Anne
Anne
3 months 11 days ago

Can’t wait for season 2. Hope many more seasons to follow.

Terrie
Terrie
2 months 23 days ago

Versailles is awesome. The actors the decor the costumes everything about this show is extremely well done. Love it and want more of it. The actor that plays King Louis he also played a monk on the Vikings is even more hot on this show. George your very hot.

Naz
Naz
2 months 22 days ago

I am in the United States, and was able to binge watch the entire first season. At the end of season one, I was yelling “NOOOOOOOOOO” it will take Netflix FOREVER to get it on their network! I’m pretty sure I will simply die! lol. Great work, great acting. Spectacular story telling.

Kathleen
Kathleen
2 months 10 days ago

Great Epic Series! Can’t wait for season 2!

Nancy
Nancy
1 month 11 days ago

Versailles, takes us on an amazing journey in time. The scenery is absolutely beautiful.Character’s of Louis , and Philippe’s performance as well as,, the rest of the cast . IS A WORK OF ART!!! I truly hope that the writers, producers, directors , costumes designers, and actors get the RECOGNITION THEY SO DESERVE FOR THIS AMAZING MASTER PIECE !!!

Chris Gately
Chris Gately
7 days 15 hours ago

Woah! Spring has sprung and to be honest I had forgotten in the midst of a cold dark miserable winter all about Versailles. Fantastic to hear it is back on. Look forward immensely to the new series.

Lydia
Lydia
7 days 9 hours ago

Loved the first season and can’t wait to see more!

Cheryl
Cheryl
7 days 6 hours ago

When does season 2 air in usa?got a email it was on tonite (20th) but it looks like that’s for france

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