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The Countess and the Russian Billionaire

Inside the secret world of Sergei Pugachev, a Russian oligarch, and his British partner Countess Alexandra Tolstoy, mother to their three children.

Inside the secret world of Sergei Pugachev, a Russian oligarch, and his British partner Countess Alexandra Tolstoy, mother to their three children.

Filmed between the UK, France and Russia, this film sets out to tell the story of their Russian romance, unimaginable wealth and privileged lifestyle. Sergei, once known as Putin’s banker, amassed a $15 billion fortune, owning one of Russia’s largest private banks, shipyards, a coal mine and designer brands, until his fall from favour with the president.

With his empire now at risk from the Russian government and threats made to his life, Sergei flees to his chateau in France in a bid to fight back. Alexandra is left behind with the children in London, and the pressure on their relationship soon starts to show, with events quickly overtaking their fairy tale of power, money and love.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 22 Jun 2021 21:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:11

    Dmitry Shostakovich

    Suite For Variety Orchestra

  • 00:48

    Domino 777

    Is This Lou Reed?

Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Lucy Hillman
Executive Producer Sam Whittaker
Line Producer Matt Grimwood
Production Manager Urszula Jarocki
Production Coordinator Olia Kozlovskaja
Editor Gregg Morgan
Editor Chris Dale
Production Company Summer Films

Broadcasts

  • Wed 8 Apr 2020 21:00
  • Thu 9 Apr 2020 23:30
  • Sat 16 May 2020 01:40
  • Tue 22 Jun 2021 21:00