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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Lolita?

Documentary following writer and broadcaster Stephen Smith on the trail of Vladimir Nabokov, the elusive man behind the controversial novel and 1962 film, Lolita.

The journey takes him from the shores of Lake Geneva to Nabokov's childhood haunts in the Russian countryside south of St Petersburg to the streets of New York City and a road trip through the anonymous world of small-town America.

Along the way Smith meets fellow Nabokov admirer Martin Amis and puts in a cheeky visit to Playboy's literary editor who is publishing an extract of Nabokov's last work.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 8 Jul 2010 04:00


Role Contributor
PresenterStephen Smith
ProducerEmma Boswell
DirectorEmma Boswell
Executive ProducerBasil Comely
Executive ProducerJonty Claypole