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BBC returns to Tolstoy's War and Peace

18 February 2013 4:50 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Unlike broadcaster's epic 1972 dramatisation, new adaptation by Pride and Prejudice screenwriter will be in six parts

More than 40 years after its epic 20-part dramatisation starring Anthony Hopkins, the BBC is to return to Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace in a new adaptation by Pride and Prejudice screenwriter Andrew Davies.

One of the most widely admired – and longest – works of world literature, the new version will be six parts long, rather shorter than its 1972 forerunner.

Davies, whose other TV adaptations include Middlemarch and Sense and Sensibility, as well as the big screen versions of the Bridget Jones books, said the novel's Natasha Rostova pipped Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennett as literature's most loveable heroine.

"Not just a great novel, it's a wonderful read and it'll make a wonderful serial. A thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life," said Davies.

"The characters are so natural and »

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