Mrs Tolstoy

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01True Happiness20100809

Tolstoy has given up writing and cut himself off.

Sofya wants to move the family to Moscow

By Stephen Wakelam.

True Happiness.

Leo Tolstoy has given up writing fiction and cut himself off from his children.

In his fifties the great writer Leo Tolstoy has a spiritual crisis and converts to Christianity.

He stops sleeping with his wife.

They have ten children.

Taking the vows of poverty and chastity literally Tolstoy wants to give everything away but Sofya has a large family to feed.

This is the woman who transcribed 'War and Peace' six times and who fights off rivals on daily basis for a place at his side.

For forty eight years, the Tolstoys tormented each other with love and hate.

Ian McDiarmid and Haydn Gwynne star in this portrait of a tempestuous marriage.

Sofya Tolstoy...

Haydn Gwynne

Leo Tolstoy...

Ian McDiarmid

Chertkov...

Paul Ritter

Tanya Tolstoy...

Vineeta Rishi

Grigory/Taneev...

Sam Dale

Musician...

Michael Shelford

Vanya Tolstoy...

James Warner

Directed by Claire Grove

02A Simple Life20100810

Leo invites an aristocratic Christian disciple to stay.

Is Sofya right not to trust him?

By Stephen Wakelam.

A Simple Life: Sofya Tolstoy is pregnant again.

In his fifties the great writer Leo Tolstoy has a spiritual crisis and converts to Christianity.

He stops sleeping with his wife.

They have ten children.

Taking the vows of poverty and chastity literally Tolstoy wants to give everything away but Sofya has a large family to feed.

This is the woman who transcribed 'War and Peace' six times and who fights off rivals on daily basis for a place at his side.

For forty eight years, the Tolstoys tormented each other with love and hate.

Ian McDiarmid and Haydn Gwynne star in this portrait of a tempestuous marriage.

Sofya Tolstoy...

Haydn Gwynne

Leo Tolstoy...

Ian McDiarmid

Chertkov...

Paul Ritter

Tanya Tolstoy...

Vineeta Rishi

Directed by Claire Grove

03The Kreutzer Sonata20100811

Is Leo's disturbing new tale about a man who murders his wife directed against Sofya?

By Stephen Wakelam.

The Kreutzer Sonata: Sofya copies a new manuscript.

A disturbing tale about a man who murders his wife.

Is it directed against her?

In his fifties the great writer Leo Tolstoy has a spiritual crisis and converts to Christianity.

He stops sleeping with his wife.

They have ten children.

Taking the vows of poverty and chastity literally Tolstoy wants to give everything away but Sofya has a large family to feed.

This is the woman who transcribed 'War and Peace' six times and who fights off rivals on daily basis for a place at his side.

For forty eight years, the Tolstoys tormented each other with love and hate.

Ian McDiarmid and Haydn Gwynne star in this portrait of a tempestuous marriage.

Sofya Tolstoy - Haydn Gwynne

Leo Tolstoy - Ian McDiarmid

Chertkov - Paul Ritter

Tanya Tolstoy - Vineeta Rishi

Directed by Claire Grove

04Vanichka20100812

Leo is cold and formal with Sofya.

She is increasingly attracted to a portly pianist.

By Stephen Wakelam.

Vanichka: Leo Tolstoy is cold and formal with his wife, Sofya.

She is increasingly attracted to a portly pianist who has come to the country for the summer.

In his fifties the great writer Leo Tolstoy has a spiritual crisis and converts to Christianity.

He stops sleeping with his wife.

They have ten children.

Taking the vows of poverty and chastity literally Tolstoy wants to give everything away but Sofya has a large family to feed.

This is the woman who transcribed 'War and Peace' six times and who fights off rivals on daily basis for a place at his side.

For forty eight years, the Tolstoys tormented each other with love and hate.

Ian McDiarmid and Haydn Gwynne star in this portrait of a tempestuous marriage.

Sofya Tolstoy...

Haydn Gwynne

Leo Tolstoy...

Ian McDiarmid

Chertkov...

Paul Ritter

Taneev...

Sam Dale

Vanya Tolstoy...

James Warner

Directed by Claire Grove

05 LASTThe Legacy20100813

Leo is old and ill.

Sofya fights for control of his papers.

Will their marriage survive?

By Stephen Wakelam.

The Legacy.

Leo Tolstoy is old and ill.

Sofya fights for control diary and papers.

Will the marriage survive?

In his fifties the great writer Leo Tolstoy has a spiritual crisis and converts to Christianity.

He stops sleeping with his wife.

They have ten children.

Taking the vows of poverty and chastity literally Tolstoy wants to give everything away but Sofya has a large family to feed.

This is the woman who transcribed 'War and Peace' six times and who fights off rivals on daily basis for a place at his side.

For forty eight years, the Tolstoys tormented each other with love and hate.

Ian McDiarmid and Haydn Gwynne star in this portrait of a tempestuous marriage.

Sofya Tolstoy...

Haydn Gwynne

Leo Tolstoy...

Ian McDiarmid

Chertkov...

Paul Ritter

Tanya Tolstoy...

Vineeta Rishi

Directed by Claire Grove