Imagining Chekhov

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Chekhov's Telescope20160226

A set of three stories, commissioned specially for Radio 4. Alison MacLeod explores the life and work of one of the finest short story writers of them all - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov.

Episode Two:

Chekhov and his lover - the actress Olga Knipper - take a holiday in Yalta, unaware that a news reporter is stalking their every move.

A note on the letters between Chekhov and Olga.

These are fictional composites of the writer's own words and Chekhov's actual letters from the volume Dear Writer, Dear Actress: The Love Letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper, translated by Jean Benedetti.

Alison MacLeod lives in Brighton. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011 and her stories Solo, A Capella and In Praise Of Radical Fish have featured in previous Radio 4 series. Her works include The Changeling and The Wave Theory of Angels. Her novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and was broadcast as Book At Bedtime. Alison is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

Reader: Peter Firth

Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

The Death Of Anton Chekhov20160304

A set of three stories, commissioned specially for Radio 4. Alison MacLeod explores the life and work of one of the finest short story writers of them all - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov.

Episode Three:

This story could be called The Death Of Anton Chekhov By Anton Chekhov. Now very ill, Chekhov travels with Olga to a spa town in Germany in the hope of better treatment.

Alison MacLeod lives in Brighton. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011 and her stories Solo, A Capella and In Praise Of Radical Fish have featured in previous Radio 4 series. Her works include The Changeling and The Wave Theory of Angels. Her novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and was broadcast as Book At Bedtime. Alison is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

Reader: Peter Firth

Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Woman With A Little Pug20160219

A set of three stories, commissioned specially for Radio 4. Alison MacLeod explores the life and work of one of the finest short story writers of them all - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov.

Episode One:

In this playful reworking of Chekhov's classic tale 'The Lady With A Little Dog', a philanderer encounters a woman in a Brighton hotel. But they can't help thinking they've met each other somewhere before.

Alison MacLeod lives in Brighton. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011 and her stories Solo, A Capella and In Praise Of Radical Fish have featured in previous Radio 4 series. Her works include The Changeling and The Wave Theory of Angels. Her novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and was broadcast as Book At Bedtime. Alison is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

Reader: Peter Firth

Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.