‘War and Peace’ episode guide

Mr Selfridge writer Andrew Davies has adapted Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 literary masterpiece War and Peace for BBC One. Directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders), the six-part series stars Lily James (Downton Abbey) as Natasha Rostova, James Norton (Grantchester) as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky and Paul Dano (12 Years A Slave) as Pierre Bezukhov. The cast also includes … >

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‘War and Peace’ Episode 5 review: Natasha is broken

I shouldn’t like to have lived in the Russia of War and Peace, as pretty as it may have been. The consequences of Natasha’s momentary lapse of sanity have come to light: James Norton plays Andrei here with a stoicism so fragile you can see his brokenness leaking out through the fractures in it – … >

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‘Downton’ creator says there’s 64.5% chance of movie happening

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has confirmed that he would “love to do a movie” spin-off. The period drama concluded last month with a feature-length Christmas special following six seasons. > Buy the complete Season 1-6 box set on Amazon. Speaking at the 21st National Television Awards at The O2 Arena in London, Fellowes told … >

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Win BBC One’s ‘War and Peace’ on Blu-ray!

Andrew Davies’ new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel War and Peace arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 8 February. Set in Russia, 1805 and starring Paul Dano (Love and Mercy), Lily James (Downtown Abbey) and James Norton (Happy Valley), the epic six-part series is also available to download and keep from BBCStore.com. > … >

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‘War and Peace’ Episode 4 review: This has become stressful television

So, sweet Natasha and nice Andrei get themselves engaged after all – but there’s a catch! At his grumpy dad’s insistence, he has to spend a year abroad first, backpacking through Europe, presumably. This will definitely end well for our lovebirds, won’t it? Meanwhile, Nicolai’s mum and dad politely request that he marry a nice … >

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‘War and Peace’ Episode 3 review: Andrei is a haunted man

I wished for more nice Russian songs in War and Peace, and last night’s third episode delivered! Pierre, thank goodness, decides to take steps toward being a better person, after shooting (but not killing) the very naughty Dolokhov in a duel, and later meeting a freemason and being invited to learn the secret handshake. Helene … >

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‘Downton Abbey’ execs hoping movie will happen

The makers of Downton Abbey are “keen” to reunite the cast for a big-screen spin-off. The period drama concluded last month with a feature-length Christmas special following six seasons. > Buy the complete Season 1-6 box set on Amazon. Executive producer Gareth Neame told Deadline: “I’m glad about the movie question because it replaces the … >

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