Chekhov: Comedy Shorts. Image shows from L to R: Nyukhin (Steve Coogan), Murashkin (Mackenzie Crook), Tolkachov (Johnny Vegas), Lomov (Mathew Horne), Natasha (Sheridan Smith). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

Chekhov: Comedy Shorts

Sky Arts 2 comedy drama. 5 episodes (1 series) in 2010. Stars Johnny Vegas, Mackenzie Crook, Julian Barratt, Julia Davis, Mathew Horne, Sheridan Smith, Philip Jackson and others.

Chekhov: Comedy Shorts

A series of four comedy dramas for Sky Arts, based on stories by Anton Chekhov. The cast includes Steve Coogan, Johnny Vegas and Julia Davis

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2010
Channel
Sky Arts 2
Episodes
5   (1 series)
Starring
Johnny Vegas, Mackenzie Crook, Julian Barratt, Julia Davis, Mathew Horne, Sheridan Smith, Philip Jackson, Steve Coogan and Reece Shearsmith
Writer
Anton Chekhov
Director
Christine Gernon
Producer
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.

Chekhov: Comedy Shorts. Image shows from L to R: Popova (Julia Davis), Smirnoff (Julian Barratt), Butler (Reece Shearsmith), Nyukhin (Steve Coogan), Murashkin (Mackenzie Crook), Tolkachov (Johnny Vegas), Lomov (Mathew Horne), Natasha (Sheridan Smith), Natasha's Father (Philip Jackson). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

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

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