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The Jester of Astapovo

In flight from his wife, a very unwell Count Leo Tolstoy arrives at an isolated Russian railway station. But the Countess, and the hungry Russian press pack, are on his trail.

Nothing happens in Astapovo, an isolated little place in the vast Russian countryside. Until the day a very unwell Count Leo Tolstoy arrives at the little railway station with the Countess - and the hungry Russian press pack - on his trail. Rose Tremain's dramatisation of her own short story is based on real events.

Ivan ..... John Lightbody
Anna ..... Maggie Service
Countess Tolstoya ..... Barbara Flynn
Chertkov ..... Ewan Bailey
Dushan ..... Chris Lew Kum Hoi
Count Leo Tolstoy/Dmitri ..... Roger Ringrose
Sound ..... Caleb Knightley

Directed by Marc Beeby

Written by Rose Tremain

This was originally aired on Radio 4.

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45 minutes

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