War and Peace (2015 TV series)

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War and Peace
Genre Drama
Written by Andrew Davies
Directed by Tom Harper
Starring Paul Dano
Lily James
James Norton
Rebecca Front
Jim Broadbent
Aneurin Barnard
Gillian Anderson
Stephen Rea
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Cymru Wales
Original channel
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Related shows War and Peace (1972 TV series)

War and Peace is a British drama television series that is set to first broadcast on BBC One in 2015. The six-part adaptation of War and Peace by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy was written by Andrew Davies.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


The series was announced by Danny Cohen on 18 February 2013 and was commissioned by him and Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC Drama.[7] The upcoming production, made by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, is partnered by The Weinstein Company, Lookout Point and BBC Worldwide.[8] The executive producers are Faith Penhale, George Ormond, Andrew Davies, Simon Vaughan and Harvey Weinstein.[9] The director is Tom Harper.[10]

The drama will consist of six 60-minute episodes for BBC One and eight 45-minute episodes for international markets.[11] The airing on the BBC will be in late 2015, and in U.S. it will air in 2016 and will be simulcast across three networks: A&E, Lifetime, and History Channel.[12][13]


The cast was announced on 28 December 2014.[10]


  1. ^ Plunkett, John (18 February 2013). "BBC returns to Tolstoy's War and Peace". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Furness, Hannah (18 February 2013). "War and Peace comes to the BBC in 'epic' Andrew Davies drama". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Jackson, James (18 February 2013). "Andrew Davies to adapt War and Peace for the BBC". The Times. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (18 February 2013). "Andrew Davies to adapt War and Peace for BBC1". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Walsh, John (19 February 2013). "War, peace, not much else: Andrew Davies is condensing Tolstoy's epic into a six-hour series". The Independent. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (18 February 2013). "BBC One to adapt 'War and Peace' as six-part drama for 2015". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "BBC One announces adaptation of War And Peace by Andrew Davies". BBC. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Rosser, Michael (7 October 2013). "The Weinstein Company partner on BBC epic War and Peace". Screen Daily. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Weinstein Company to partner on epic new BBC drama War and Peace". BBC. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "James Norton Joins Lily James, Paul Dano In BBC/Weinstein Co’s ‘War And Peace’". Deadline.com. 28 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Kemp, Stuart (7 October 2013). "The Weinstein Co. Boards BBC's 'War and Peace' Adaptation". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2015/04/ae-history-lifetime-take-u-s-rights-to-bbc-ones-war-peace/
  13. ^ http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/war-and-peace-weinstein-co-lifetime-history-ae-bbc-1201484945/

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