Cutting straight to the heart of Tolstoy's classic novel, this innovative Channel 4 adaptation draws on the realism and raw emotion that defines this unique masterpiece. Set in 19th century Russia, from the decadent social surroundings of the St Petersburg palaces to the simplest of rural life, Anna Karenina is the story of three contrasting couples whose dilemmas strike a contemporary chord in this century. Abandoning her empty marriage to Karenin, Anna embarks on a reckless and passionate affair with dashing army officer, Count Vronsky (Kevin McKidd). In contrast to the carnality of Anna and Vronsky, Levin struggles to find spiritual meaning in his life by adopting a peasant lifestyle and pursuing a relationship with the innocent Kitty. And the marriage of Anna’s brother Oblonsky to Dolly is put under constant pressure by his obsessive womanizing and repeated betrayal. Anna Karenina is an epic love story of a woman who risks everything to follow her heart.