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A four-part adaptation of Tolstoy's epic love story starring Helen McCrory. Set against the panorama of 19th century Russia, Anna Karenina is the story of a woman who risks everything in order to follow her heart.

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A four-part adaptation of Tolstoy's epic love story starring Helen McCrory. Set against the panorama of 19th century Russia, Anna Karenina is the story of a woman who risks everything in order to follow her heart.

Series 1 Summary

An innovative four-part adaptation of Tolstoy's epic love by Allan Cubitt.

Set against the panorama of 19th century Russia, from the decadent social milieux of the St Petersburg palaces to the simplest traditions of rural life, Anna Karenina is the story of three contrasting couples whose dilemmas strike a contemporary chord in another century. Most of all, it is the epic love story of a woman who risks everything to follow her heart.

Anna (Helen McCrory), the wife of a distinguished government minister Karenin (Stephen Dillane), travels from St Petersburg to Moscow to sort out a family crisis. Her brother Oblonsky (Mark Strong) is a serial adulterer and his long-suffering wife Dolly (Amanda Root) is threatening to leave him.

But at Moscow station Anna fatefully meets army officer Count Vronsky (Kevin McKidd) and embarks on a reckless affair that will change her life forever.

  • Anna Karenina

    Episode 1

    While travelling from St Petersburg to Moscow to sort out a family crisis, Anna fatefully meets an army officer and embarks on a reckless affair that will change her life forever.

  • Anna Karenina

    Episode 2

    Anna is still living under her husband Karenin's roof, even though he now knows she is pregnant with her lover Vronsky's child. But if she breaks any of his rules, he will divorce her.

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    Episode 3

    Anna's illness has changed her almost beyond recognition. She hears about Vronsky's failed suicide attempt and he is distraught at her continuing refusal to see him.

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    Episode 4

    In the final episode Anna becomes more insecure about the future with her lover Vronsky. Unable to see her son, and refused a divorce by her estranged husband Karenin, her increasing desperation and morbid jealousy lead to tragic consequences.

Anna Karenina synopsis

A four-part adaptation of Tolstoy's epic love story starring Helen McCrory. Set against the panorama of 19th century Russia, Anna Karenina is the story of a woman who risks everything in order to follow her heart.

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