Originally broadcast as an installment of the "NET Playhouse" series, this production of the Chekhov classic features Laurence Olivier in the role of country doctor Astrov─the character who serves as a dramatic stand-in for the Russian playwright─and a sterling ensemble cast bringing to life the celebrated story of people whose petty complaints cloud their appreciation of life. Stuart Burge directs the Chichester Festival Theatre production. Also stars Joan Plowright, Sybil Thorndike, and Michael Redgrave as Vanya. 106 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.