Anna Karenina is the television mini-series adaptation of the novel by Leo Tolstoy. The novel was published in installments from 1873 to 1877, and was regarded as a pinnacle of realist fiction. The epic saga of the 19th-century aristocracy shows love, marriage, heartbreak and tragedy. The story follows Anna Karenina (Nicola Pagett), a married woman who has an affair with a soldier. The Oblonsky Family is torn apart by adultery when Dolly Oblonskaya catches her husband Stiva having an affair with their children's former governess. Stiva's sister Anna Karenina (Nicola Pagett) comes to help mediate. The beautiful, young and energetic Anna seems to be held down by her passionless marriage to Karenin, a powerful older man, and falls in love with a dashing young soldier Count Vronsky (Stuart Wilson). As she pursues true love, scandal and tragedy ensue. The 10 part mini-series was directed by Basil Coleman, and was nominated for two Emmy Awards.