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01Woman With A Little Pug By Alison Macleod2016021920200130 (BBC7)A philanderer meets a woman in Brighton. But have they met before?

Three stories by Alison MacLeod that explore the life and work of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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.

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 first broadcast in February 2016.

02Chekhov's Telescope By Alison Macleod2016022620200204 (BBC7)Chekhov and Olga Knipper holiday in Yalta, unaware that a reporter is stalking them.

Three stories by Alison MacLeod that explore the life and work of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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.

In this tale, 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.

Reader: Peter Firth
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in February 2016.

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.

03The Death Of Anton Chekhov By Alison Macleod2016030420200211 (BBC7)Now very ill, Chekhov travels with Olga to a spa town in Germany.

Three stories by Alison MacLeod that explore the life and work of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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.

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.

Reader: Peter Firth

Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in March 2016.

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