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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07w6b7tDescription: As we approach the centenary of the Russian Revolution in October 2017, Radio 4 embark on an ambitious chronicle of Russian leaders; set over 11 plays, in three seasons - beginning with Ivan the Terrible, contemporary of Elizabeth I, and ending with Russias current Premier - Vladimir Putin. TSAR continues the full-blooded, rich more is more tradition forged by the team that made Plantagenet and The Stuarts for Radio 4.Series One takes in the reigns of Ivan IV (aka The Terrible), Boris Godunov and Peter The Great.Series Two (Spring 2017) will chronicle the reigns of Catherine the Great; Alexander I and the Napoleonic Wars; and Alexander II and the emancipation of the serfs.Series Three (Autumn 2017) takes in Nicholas II and the Revolution, the Soviets, and Putin.Moscow, 1682 and clan rivalry forces the accession of two joint tsars: one, Ivan, is feeble-minded and the other is Peter, a child of ten years old. Sophia, their half-sister, proclaims herself regent and in so doing becomes the first woman to rule Russia, with the Streltsy, the tsars regiment of ruthless musketeers, on her side. But under-estimating Peter as he grows up could prove a dangerous mistake.
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