Leo Tolsty’s War and Peace is one of the most renowned classic novels and it is one of epic proportions. Now Andrew Davies has adapted the book into a six part TV show for the BBC.
Set in 1805, Russia, War and Peace is filled with the terrific opulence of the Russian elite, a glimpse at what life was like for those with money and connections. A tale filled with deep felt heart break, war, betrayal, family and enemies. Told with character and charm, there are moments of hilarity coupled with times of sadness and joy. An adaptation that in itself was an incredible feat given the book, but Davies has made a truly glorious epic. It is the absolutely stunning, filmed on location in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania, the setting is breathtaking, as is the wardrobe for the astounding cast. The cast is of course what brings any story to life, War and Peace has a fantastic line up that capture your imagination and pull you into the story without a second thought.
Pierre (Paul Dano – Love and Mercy) is a rather awkward young man who finds himself the heir to his father’s fortune, a father who was one of the richest men in the country. Not surprising in itself, but Pierre is illegitimate and of course that create waves among the entitled ranks, but Pierre wishes to do good, improve the lot of those less fortunate and generally make the world a better place. We also see the beautiful and outgoing Natasha (Lily James – Downton Abbey), who searches for love, but also does her best to make others feel good, whilst Andrei (James Norton – Halley Valley) is not happy with how society works, he feels there should be something more to life than high society.
The world these three young people know is about to be torn asunder as war quickens and Napoleon’s army creeps ever nearer to rock the foundations of every thing they hold dear. Russia would never be the same and neither will they.
Joining Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton are Gillian Anderson, Stephen Rea, Jim Broadbent, Ken Scott, Greta Scacchi and Ade Edmondson to create an unforgettable and incredibly beautiful adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic.