In a new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel, three young people experience life, love and loss against the epic backdrop of Russia’s wars with Napoleon.
Outline Series 01, Episode 01
Russia, 1805. Napoleon Bonaparte’s French army has invaded Austria, drawing Russia into the war against him. Everyone in aristocratic Russian society is rattled – except hot-headed Pierre Bezukhov, who admires the French emperor’s politics. Pierre is an outcast in society, and the illegitimate son of one of Russia’s wealthiest men. But now his father is close to death and his scheming relatives are vying for the old man’s fortune – though they expect Pierre to be left with nothing.
Pierre’s dearest friend Prince Andrei Bolkonsky is excited for war with Napoleon. For him it offers a chance to find purpose in life by fighting on the front line. Unhappily married to a beautiful socialite, Lise, he plans to leave her behind at his fierce father’s remote country estate and seek military glory for himself. The army under Andrei’s wise mentor General Kutuzov expects a swift victory. But when the French unexpectedly prove their military might, Andrei is thrust into a dangerous battle.
Pierre’s other great friend is Natasha Rostova – a beautiful, lively young woman growing up fast and desperate to experience more of the world. When she sees love blossom between her brother Nikolai and his childhood sweetheart Sonya, she is inspired for the first time with romantic thoughts of her own. As the men ride off to war, Natasha and Sonya are left behind to wait and wonder if they will ever return.
War and Peace Series
- Episode 01.
- Episode 02.
- Episode 03.
- Episode 04.
- Episode 05.
- Episode 06.
Production & Filming Details
- Director: Tom Harper.
- Producers: Andrew Davies, Bethan Jones, Faith Penhale, Simon Vaughan, Harvey Weinstein, Robert Walak, and Julia Stannard.
- Writer: Andrew Davies.
- Music: Martin Phipps.
- Cinematography: George Steel.
- Editors: Mark Eckersley and Steven Worsley.
- Production: BBC Cymru Wales, The Weinstein Company, Lookout Point, and BBC Worldwide.
- Distributors: BBC and A&E Networks.
- Release Date: 03 January 2016.
- Running time: 60-82 minutes (per episode).
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.