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A who's who of British comedic talent combine in four plays of debt, disagreements and duels. Steve Coogan, Mat Horne, Julian Barrett, Julia Davis, Sheridan Smith and Reece Shearsmith are among the stellar line-up bringing a quartet of Anton Chekhov's most popular comedy shorts to life. This outstanding comedy cast will perform the legendary Russian playwright's one-act plays, including The Proposal, The Dangers of Tobacco and The Bear, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.
|S01E01||Reluctant Tragic Hero||14/11/2010||Tolkachov (Johnny Vegas) a frustrated and exasperated family man, exhausted from running constant and countless errands for friends and family, visits his good friend Murashkin (Mackenzie Crook) to let off steam, and hopefully garner some much needed sympathy. But the result of his rant only serves to see him leaving with more problems than he actually arrived with.|
|S01E02||The Bear||21/11/2010||Julian Barratt, Julia Davis and Reece Shearsmith star in Chekhov's fast-paced farce about an acid-tongued debt collector who meets his match in the form of a grieving widow.|
|S01E03||The Dangers of Tobacco||28/11/2010||Nyukhin (Steve Coogan) a brow-beaten husband of a domineering wife, delivers, at her command, a lecture on the harmful effects of smoking tobacco. But as Nyukhin struggles to stick to the intended subject matter of his speech, we learn of his regrets, yearnings...and of his miserable life ‘under the thumb’.|
|S01E04||The Proposal||28/11/2010||Lomov (Mathew Horne) a nervous hypochondriac, visits his neighbour Natasha (Sheridan Smith) to ask for her hand in marriage. But his romantic endeavours are scuppered when the couple, and also her father (Philip Jackson), find themselves in a circle of petty arguments and disagreements...and an unstoppable bout of one-upmanship.|