The Russian Gambler

BBC Radio 4

17th & 24th November 2013

“Prepare to be carried away into a world of bling, dodgy deals, dangerous liaisons… A stunning drama with a rich, atmospheric soundscape…” The Daily Mail

ED STOPPARD plays a brilliant, penniless pianist seduced by the high-stakes world of a Russian oligarch in this modern-day take on a Russian classic.

A two-part drama by DOLYA GAVANSKI about Russian oligarchs in London inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Gambler”.


Part 1 – 3pm, Sun 17th Nov (Repeat 9pm, Sat 23rd Nov)

Part 2 – 3pm, Sun 24th Nov (Repeat 9pm, Sat 30th Nov)

Cast: Alexei – Ed Stoppard, Mikhail – Matthew Marsh, Polina – Dolya Gavanski, Vika – Isabella Blake Thomas, Astley – Graham Seed, Francois – Orlando Seale, Katie – Lucy May Barker, Inokenti – George Lasha, Masha – Irina Karatcheva, Mullighan – Jay Taylor, Office Worker – Alana Ramsey, Blake – Timothy Walker

Production: Casting – Toby Whale, Script Editor – Mike Walker, Sound Design – Steve Bond

Original music composed and performed by Sacha Puttnam

Written by Dolya Gavanski

Directed and Produced by John Dryden


Radio Times preview by Tom Goulding




One single comment

  1. RoB Dunger says:

    It’s a sort of complaint :-)
    Driving to London theo ther day, i was really enjoying The Russian Gambler.
    On a route I didnt know too well, I was very often prompted by my friendly SatNav. Getting annoyed by the interruptions, I muted the voice.

    Yes….. I missed my turn, and ended up going 25 miles too far!
    YOUR fault entirely, but THANK YOU !
    kind regards Rob Dunger, BBC Radio Suffolk

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