King Louis XIV (George Blagden) has 
had many court favourites through 
the years, yet Madame de Maintenon (Catherine Walker) looks to be the most ruthless operator of the lot!

As this third and final series continues tonight, Louis’ new paramour takes down two rivals with political manoeuvres that Machiavelli would be proud of, but for how much longer can she reject the king’s advances?

Louis XIV (George Blagden) enjoys some parlour games

Elsewhere, Prince Philippe (Alexander Vlahos) refuses to be fobbed off in 
his quest to learn the identity of the mysterious prisoner in the iron mask, and humble shoemaker Jeanne (played by former Coronation Street star Jenny Platt) risks everything when she accuses Louis 
of letting his people starve.

TV Times rating: *****