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Doctor Zhivago (ITV1 2002, Keira Knightley, Sam Neill)

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Romantic period drama. Yury Zhivago is a young doctor who lives with his aunt and uncle and cousin Tonya in Moscow. He sees a girl, Lara, in a café window and falls in love with her. Lara is desperately unhappy in a relationship with a much older man – Victor Komarovsky – a man whom Yury feels is responsible for his father being driven to suicide. To escape his clutches Lara marries Pasha her childhood friend and runs off with him. Meanwhile Yury marries Tonya and gets embrolied in the Russian war. But Yury and Lara’s paths are destined to cross again.

production details
UK | ITV1 | 3×90 minutes | started 24 November 2002 | 9:00pm

Book: Boris Pasternak
Adaption: Andrew Davies
Producer: Anne Pivcevic
Director: Giacomo Campiotti

cast
Hans Matheson as Yuri Zhivago
Keira Knightley as Lara Antipova
Sam Neill as Victor Komarovsky
Bill Paterson as Alexander Gromyko
Celia Imrie as Anna Gromyko
Maryam d’Abo as Amalia Guishar
Anne-Marie Duff as Olya Demina
Alexandra Maria Lara as Tonya Gromyko Zhivago
Kris Marshall as Pasha Antipov
Hugh Bonneville as Yevgraf Zhivago
Gregg Sulkin as Seryozha
Sam MacLintock as Little Yury
Daniele Liotti as Misha Gordon
Robert Orr as Agitator
Sylvia Syms as Madame Fleury
Anna Rust as Katya
Rick Warden as LIberius