Dead Souls

A comic tour de force about human folly and one of the jewels of Russian literature.

Episodes

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Charmer Chichikov arrives in town with his narrator in tow, and starts touting for dead souls.

Why? What is he going to do with them? Suspicions come to a head at the Governor's Ball, the highlight of provincial Russian society.

Chichikov arrives in a Russian town with the Narrator to tout for dead serfs.

When Chichikov arrives in a Russian town with the Narrator to tout for dead serfs, suspicions are aroused. Stars Michael Palin.

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In disgrace, Chichikov is arrested but escapes with the narrator's help to another part of Russia.

He at last seems determined to make a fresh start and become an honest man.

However, his past is about to catch up with him.

Arrested Chichikov escapes, determined to become honest.

Arrested Chichikov escapes, determined to become honest - but his past soon catches up with him. Stars Michael Palin.