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.

Series 1

Chekhov: Comedy Shorts. Image shows from L to R: Murashkin (Mackenzie Crook), Tolkachov (Johnny Vegas). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

1. A Reluctant Tragic Hero

First broadcast: Sunday 14th November 2010

Tolkachov (Johnny Vegas) is a frustrated and exasperated family man.

In-depth Guide

Chekhov: Comedy Shorts. Image shows from L to R: Popova (Julia Davis), Smirnoff (Julian Barratt), Butler (Reece Shearsmith). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

2. The Bear

First broadcast: Sunday 21st November 2010

Smirnoff (Julian Barratt) a rude and boorish landowner, calls on the recently widowed Popova (Julia Davis). Also starring Reece Shearsmith.

In-depth Guide

Chekhov: Comedy Shorts. Nyukhin (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

3. The Dangers Of Tobacco

First broadcast: Sunday 28th November 2010

Steve Coogan plays Nyukhin, a brow-beaten husband of a domineering wife.

In-depth Guide

Chekhov: Comedy Shorts. Image shows from L to R: Lomov (Mathew Horne), Natasha (Sheridan Smith). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

4. The Proposal

First broadcast: Sunday 28th November 2010

Lomov (Mathew Horne) visits his neighbour Natasha (Sheridan Smith) to ask for her hand in marriage.

In-depth Guide

Documentary: Doing Chekhov

First broadcast: Friday 24th December 2010

An exclusive look behind the scenes at the making of Sky Arts' Chekhov Comedy Shorts, which saw the likes of Steve Coogan, Julia Davis and Johnny Vegas bring the playwright's work to life.

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