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Catherine the Great: Husbands, Lovers and Sons

Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian tsars continues with the story of Catherine the Great. With Samantha Spiro, Anton Lesser and Kenneth Collard.

Did the young Catherine foresee the consequences of staging a coup d'état against her husband the Tsar? Or did she want him dead from the start? Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars continues with the story of Catherine The Great, who came to Russia as a young 15-year-old girl from Prussia and became one of Russia's most renowned monarchs, transforming the country into one of the great powers of Europe.

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

As we approach the centenary of the Russian Revolution in October 2017, Radio 4 has an ambitious chronicle of Russian leaders; set over 11 plays, in three seasons - it began with Ivan the Terrible, contemporary of Elizabeth I, and ends with Russia's current Premier - Vladimir Putin. TSAR continues the full-blooded, rich 'more is more' tradition forged by the team that made Plantagenet and The Stuarts for Radio 4.

Series One covered the reigns of Ivan IV (aka The Terrible), Boris Godunov and Peter The Great.

Series Two (Spring 2017) chronicles the reigns of Catherine the Great; Alexander I and the Napoleonic Wars; and Alexander II and the emancipation of the serfs.

Series Three (Autumn 2017) takes in Nicholas II and the Revolution, the Soviets, and Putin.

The dramas are produced by Alison Hindell and Sasha Yevtushenko.

58 minutes


Role Contributor
Catherine II Samantha Spiro
Paul I Kenneth Collard
Peter III Anton Lesser
Petya Joe Sims
Panin Robert Blythe
Grigory Orlov David Sturzaker
Pugachev Simon Ludders
Praskovya Sanchia MacCormack
The Midwife Georgie Glen
Alexander Joel MacCormack
The Councillor Finlay Robertson
Director Sasha Yevtushenko
Writer Mike Walker


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