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Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Biographical drama. Young Valentin Bulgakov gains a post as personal assistant to Leo Tolstoy through Chertkov, the leader of the Tolstoyan movement, who attempt to promote Tolstoy's views on world peace and pacifism throughout the world. Tolstoy, caring little for worldly goods, lives on his estate among his disciples as founder of the movement, writing little. He wants to donate his estate and publishing rights to the people, but his beloved wife Countess Sofya does not want their children, or herself, to be disinherited and fights him and the machiavellian Chertkov as much for Tolstoy's love as for his money.

Last on

Sat 15 Mar 2014 00:10 BBC Two

Credits

Sofya Tolstoy
Helen Mirren
Leo Tolstoy
Christopher Plummer
Vladimir Chertkov
Paul Giamatti
Valentin Bulgakov
James McAvoy
Dushan
John Sessions
Sergeyenko
Patrick Kennedy
Masha
Kerry Condon
Sasha Tolstoy
Anne-Marie Duff
Andrey
Tomas Spencer
Director
Michael Hoffman

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