20 episodes

From Aeroflot to Tsar Nicholas, Adrian Chiles explores the life, culture and history of Russia, host of the 2018 World Cup, alongside Olga Makarenko and comedian Igor Meerson.

A to Tsar of Russia with Adrian Chiles BBC

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From Aeroflot to Tsar Nicholas, Adrian Chiles explores the life, culture and history of Russia, host of the 2018 World Cup, alongside Olga Makarenko and comedian Igor Meerson.

    A - Aeroflot, Arbat and Authoritarian Regimes

    A - Aeroflot, Arbat and Authoritarian Regimes

    Adrian Chiles & guests take their first look at the history, culture and life of Russia

    • 19 min
    B - Borscht soup, Banya and Sergei Baltacha

    B - Borscht soup, Banya and Sergei Baltacha

    Adrian Chiles & guests continue their canter through Russia's varied life and culture. With language expert Olga Makarenko and comedian Igor Meerson.

    • 11 min
    C - Comedy, Cheburashka and Cyrillic Alphabet

    C - Comedy, Cheburashka and Cyrillic Alphabet

    The mysteries of Russia explained - including how the 33-character alphabet works. With Adrian Chiles, language expert Olga Makarenko and St Petersburg comedian Igor Meerson.

    • 10 min
    D - Duch-less, Russian Dance and Dachas

    D - Duch-less, Russian Dance and Dachas

    Adrian Chiles & guests take you through some of the more unusual aspects of Russian life. With linguist Olga Makarenko and comedian Igor Meerson.

    • 13 min
    E - Eggplant, Moscow Exhibition Centre and Eisenstein

    E - Eggplant, Moscow Exhibition Centre and Eisenstein

    Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys tells Adrian Chiles how the band made the music for an Eisenstein film - plus other quirky facts about the World Cup host country.

    • 14 min
    F - Fandorin, Faberge and FSB

    F - Fandorin, Faberge and FSB

    The legendary stories of Faberge eggs, KGB-successor FSB & a famous fictional detective. With Adrian Chiles, linguist Olga Makarenko and comedian Igor Meerson.

    • 9 min

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