The Regime
Kate Winslet as Chancellor Elena Vernham
Official poster
GenrePolitical satire
Created byWill Tracy
Directed by
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producers
CinematographyAlwin H. Küchler
Editors
  • Peter Lambert
  • Paulo Pandolpho
Running time48–51 minutes
Production companies
  • Juggle Productions
  • Hot Seat Productions
  • HBO Entertainment
Original release
NetworkHBO
ReleaseMarch 3 (2024-03-03) –
April 7, 2024 (2024-04-07)

The Regime is an American political satire television miniseries from HBO starring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Guillaume Gallienne, Andrea Riseborough, Martha Plimpton, and Hugh Grant. Will Tracy is writer and executive producer on the series with Stephen Frears and Jessica Hobbs directing episodes and executive producing. Winslet, Frank Rich, and Tracey Seaward are also executive producers. Winslet plays Elena Vernham, a dictator ruling precariously over a fictional Central European country.[1]

The Regime premiered on March 3, 2024,[2][3] with all six episodes debuting in the US on HBO and Max and in the UK exclusively on Sky Atlantic and Now from 8 April 2024.[4]

Though the miniseries received mixed reviews, Kate Winslet’s performance has been singled out for praise from critics.[5]

Synopsis

The series depicts a year within the palace of a crumbling authoritarian regime.[6] After not leaving the palace for quite some time, Chancellor Elena Vernham becomes increasingly paranoid and unstable and turns to a volatile soldier, Herbert Zubak, as an unlikely confidant. As Zubak's influence over the chancellor grows, Elena's attempts to expand her power eventually result in the palace and the country fracturing around her.[7]

Cast

Main

Guest

Episodes

No.Title [9]Directed byWritten by [10]Original air date [11]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Victory Day"Stephen FrearsWill TracyMarch 3, 2024 (2024-03-03)0.310[12]
2"The Foundling"Stephen FrearsWill TracyMarch 10, 2024 (2024-03-10)0.155[13]
3"The Heroes' Banquet"Jessica HobbsSarah DeLappe and Juli WeinerMarch 17, 2024 (2024-03-17)0.183[14]
4"Midnight Feast"Stephen FrearsSeth ReissMarch 24, 2024 (2024-03-24)0.185[15]
5"All Ye Faithful"Jessica HobbsGary Shteyngart and Jen SpyraMarch 31, 2024 (2024-03-31)0.130[16]
6"Don't Yet Rejoice"Jessica HobbsWill TracyApril 7, 2024 (2024-04-07)0.120[17]

Production

The project was announced by HBO in July 2022 with Will Tracy serving as showrunner, with Stephen Frears directing and Kate Winslet, Frank Rich and Tracey Seaward acting as executive producers. The writing team includes Seth Reiss, Juli Weiner, Jen Spyra, Gary Shteyngart, and Sarah DeLappe.[18] The miniseries will mark Winslet's third lead role in an HBO drama series after Mildred Pierce, and Mare of Easttown.[19] In April 2023, the title of the project was officially revealed to have changed from the working title The Palace to The Regime.[20]

Casting

In October 2022, Matthias Schoenaerts was added to the cast.[21] In December 2022, it was confirmed that Andrea Riseborough was joining the cast,[22] and that Hugh Grant would appear in a guest role.[23] In January 2023 the series added Martha Plimpton to the cast and Jessica Hobbs behind the camera as co-executive producer and director.[24] That same month, Guillaume Gallienne was cast as Winslet's husband.[25] In April 2023, it was announced Danny Webb, David Bamber, Henry Goodman, Stanley Townsend, Louie Mynett, Rory Keenan, Karl Markovics, and Pippa Haywood had joined the cast of the series.[26]

Filming

Filming in Austria took place in January 2023 at the Schönbrunn Palace and at the Liechtenstein Garden Palace, part of the Liechtenstein Museum, on the Fürstengasse, in the 9th district of Vienna.[27] A first look image released in February 2023 showed Winslet filming on set in Austria, with principal photography also taking place in the United Kingdom at Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham, South Yorkshire.[28]

Reception

Critical reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 57% of 69 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The website's consensus reads: "Kate Winslet reigns supreme with another commanding performance even as The Regime's hold over its scabrously satirical tone proves wobbly."[29] On Metacritic, the series holds a weighted average score of 57 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[30]

References

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  2. ^ Gonzales, Erica (November 2, 2023). "The Regime: What to Know About the HBO Series Starring Kate Winslet". Elle. Retrieved November 6, 2023.
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