- Comedy Drama
- Sky Arts 2
- 5 (1 series)
- Johnny Vegas, Mackenzie Crook, Julian Barratt, Julia Davis, Mathew Horne, Sheridan Smith, Philip Jackson, Steve Coogan and Reece Shearsmith
- Anton Chekhov
- Christine Gernon
- Ted Dowd
An all-star cast of acclaimed and celebrated comedy talent appear in four Anton Chekhov shorts for Sky Arts. The renowned plays are The Proposal, The Dangers Of Tobacco, The Bear and A Reluctant Tragic Hero.
This series of four one-act plays were commissioned by Sky Arts to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Chekhov's birth. They feature some of the most well known faces from British theatre and screen comedy including; Julia Davis (Nighty Night), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Sheridan Smith (Legally Blonde, Grownups), Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey), Philip Jackson (Home Time) and Mackenzie Crook (The Office), along with comedy and acting supremos, Johnny Vegas and Steve Coogan.
The plays were been chosen because of their comic tone and are regarded as some of Chekhov's finest short works. Directed by Chris Gernon (Gavin & Stacey) and produced by Ted Dowd (Gavin & Stacey), they were filmed in high definition at Sky Studios.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Sunday 14th November 2010 on Sky Arts 2 at 9pm
- Last new broadcast
- Friday 24th December 2010 on Sky Arts 2 at 11:30pm
- Last repeat
- Saturday 19th July 2014 at 6:00am