Chekhov on the small screen

How best to celebrate Chekhov’s 150th anniversary?

Sky Arts 2 have chosen to mark the occasion with “chekhov: comedy shorts” – four one-act plays transposed to the small screen, with a cast of well-known comedians including Johnny Vegas and Steve Coogan. But do they make good television?

In this week’s arts podcast, Neville Hawcock, the FT’s deputy arts editor, talks to the paper’s theatre critic, Sarah Hemming, and television columnist, John Lloyd, about the venture.