The struggle of Peter the Great to open up Russia, a landlocked nation, to the sea. Plus Catherine the Great’s desire to bring some of the values of Western civilisation into Russian daily life. Highlights include meetings with Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and a tour through the palaces and architectural splendour of St Petersburg.
The second part of a six part series ‘Peter Ustinov’s Russia‘. This is history told with a difference in Peter Ustinov’s special brand of humour known to many who saw him on television as a raconteur. This series was made in 1986 soon after the accession to the top job in the then Soviet Union by Mikhail Gorbachev, a time of great optimism and a flowering of expression which had been suppressed for many years. Therefore it is not only a history of Russia’s past but also a picture of life at that special time.