As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.
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Series cast summary:
Paul Dano ...  Pierre Bezukhov 6 episodes, 2016
James Norton ...  Andrei Bolkonsky 6 episodes, 2016
Lily James ...  Natasha Rostova 6 episodes, 2016
Adrian Edmondson ...  Count Ilya Rostov 6 episodes, 2016
Aisling Loftus ...  Sonya Rostova 6 episodes, 2016
Greta Scacchi ...  Countess Natalya Rostova 6 episodes, 2016
Jack Lowden ...  Nikolai Rostov 6 episodes, 2016
Tuppence Middleton ...  Helene Bezukhova / ... 6 episodes, 2016
Aneurin Barnard ...  Boris Drubetskoy 6 episodes, 2016
Jessie Buckley ...  Marya Bolkonskaya 6 episodes, 2016
Olivia Ross ...  Mademoiselle Bourienne 6 episodes, 2016
Tom Burke ...  Fedya Dolokhov 6 episodes, 2016
Jim Broadbent ...  Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky 5 episodes, 2016
Callum Turner ...  Anatole Kuragin 5 episodes, 2016
Rebecca Front ...  Anna Mikhailovna Drubetskaya 5 episodes, 2016
Stephen Rea ...  Prince Vassily Kuragin 5 episodes, 2016
Mathieu Kassovitz ...  Napoleon Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2016
Matthew Stagg Matthew Stagg ...  Nikolushka 4 episodes, 2016
Emily Taaffe ...  Katya 4 episodes, 2016
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ...  Vassily Denisov 4 episodes, 2016
Gillian Anderson ...  Anna Pavlovna Scherer 4 episodes, 2016
Rory Keenan ...  Bilibin 4 episodes, 2016
Brian Cox ...  General Mikhail Kutuzov 4 episodes, 2016
Jolyon Coy ...  Kaisorov 4 episodes, 2016
Otto Farrant ...  Petya Rostov 3 episodes, 2016
Guillaume Faure ...  Napoleon's Adjutant 3 episodes, 2016
Kit Connor ...  Petya Rostov 3 episodes, 2016
David Quilter David Quilter ...  Tikhon 3 episodes, 2016
Ben Lloyd-Hughes ...  Tsar Alexander 3 episodes, 2016
Oscar Pearce Oscar Pearce ...  Lieutenant Colonel 3 episodes, 2016
Kate Phillips ...  Lise Bolkonskaya 3 episodes, 2016
Chloe Pirrie ...  Julie Karagina 3 episodes, 2016
Vesta Gabstaite Vesta Gabstaite ...  Rostov Maid 3 episodes, 2016
Ken Stott ...  Osip Alexeevich Bazdeev 2 episodes, 2016
Fenella Woolgar ...  Catiche Kuragina 2 episodes, 2016
Pip Torrens ...  Prince Bagration 2 episodes, 2016
Dainius Jankauskas Dainius Jankauskas ...  Andrei's Orderly 2 episodes, 2016
Terence Beesley ...  General Bennigsen 2 episodes, 2016


As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

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Drama | History | Romance | War


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Soundtrack is recorded in a collaboration with choir "Latvia" and Latvian Radio. See more »


Uniforms in the Russian army changed three times during the period covered in the movie, but there is only one shown in the series. See more »


[first lines]
Anna Pavlovna Scherer: But mon cher ami, how can you be so calm? This... this monster, Bonaparte - he's crossed into Austria now and... who's to say that Russia won't be next.
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Larger than life .... and spellbinding
22 January 2016 | by mgumsleySee all my reviews

After Anna Karenina, I was looking forward to War and Peace being more epic and heart rending. And I have not been disappointed so far. The story line seems a little bit rushed at times, but this was a truly mammoth story and Andrew Davies has a reputation for making fine series out of monumental classics.

So far there is rather more peace than war, but the three central characters, Pierre, Prince Andrei and Natasha seem remarkably well cast and the eternal triangle is forming in a complex way, as expected. The series does not feel terribly Russian but clearly the culture and problems that existed at the time were peculiar to continental Europe. Napoleon was terrorising all of Europe and like many before and after him, thought that Russia would fall under his spell. Its therefore no wonder that characters like Prince Andrei found the military a perfect vehicle for their ambitions and patriotism. But the war was clearly going to decimate many of the leading members of Russian society.

Tolstoy's ability to tell a complex love story is already showing through, and the lesser characters like Prince Vassily, Andrei;s sister Marya and Jim Broadbent's wonderful cameo as Andrei's father make this first rate entertainment.

My only complaint would be that there is not more of this spellbinding story.

Mary Gumsley

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18 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Lithuania See more »

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