War and Peace

War and Peace

War and Peace

  • Genre: War and Peace
  • Release Date: 2016-01-03
  • Episodes: 13
  • iTunes Price: GBP 9.99
  • iTunes HD Price: GBP 12.99
From 2 Ratings


A bold, refreshing and modern take on one of the most famous and epic stories of all time encompassing huge themes of love and war, life and death. Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written, War and Peace is a timeless story of three young people set against the epic backdrop of Russia’s wars with Napoleon.


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1 Episode 1 59:26 GBP 1.89 Buy on iTunes



  • Awesome

    By Tomg136
    One of the best BBC dramas I've seen. I've not read the book, so I'm uncertain how true the script/characters were to Tolstoy's novel - but it was incredibly well cast and very entertaining.
  • Beautiful

    By Eviee1997
    Loved every moment of this. Just as beautiful as the book
  • Fails to interpret the epic grandeur of the great Russian novels

    By mtl9
    Paul Dano’s performance stood out, nevertheless I find myself praying that the BBC don’t put ‘And Quiet Flows the Don’ on the list for adaptation. ITV can do it as long as they are prepared to spend a lot of money and the dramatisation equals their legendary ‘Brideshead Revisited’ adaptation.
  • Great start

    By stuart1984
    Episode 1 was great. The cast is perfect. Well done BBC
  • Magnificent - the BBC at its best

    By Streetworker01
    In a TV era which panders to the lowest common denominator, not to mention the dullards in our midst, this stands out like a sunflower on a dung heap. Gorgeous to look at and utterly compelling, this is a television production of the very highest standard. Those of us who have read the book can forgive Andrew Davies playing around with the narrative - that is what adaptations do. Those who haven't get a wonderful taste of it. Ignore the po-faced pedants - this is a classic author adapted by a modern day writer at the peak of his powers. We are lucky to have it.
  • Prince

    By Guardoff
    Wolf Hall this ain't. Not even Downton Abbey. Prepare to hate them all and/or fall asleep.
  • The cheek

    By tazmam
    How can iTunes charge for something that was free on the bbc .........
  • the Beeb at its worst

    By hugheseee
    Having read the book and watched the BBC's magnificent 1972 adaption I can say that Andrew Davies mutilate's Tolstoy's epic almost beyond recognition. He bounce's around from one part of the book to another with nary a clue as to how they related. The 1972 adaptation (whilst compressed, and with inferior sets & visuals due to technological constraints) spent TIME develping the protagonists, time expounding the Count's philosophy of life through his creations and featured the Welsh Guards playing "God Save the Tzar" for the opening and closing credits. Anthony Hopkisn is magniifcent as Count Pierre Bezukov and the late Morag Hood as Countess Rostova. Yes is does feel too much like a stage play at times, but thats's because the shots that are possible now, wearnt' then. This version in contrast can be described as 'bonking', battles, ball rooms and missed opprotunities, it promises so much visually but each time Davies had the opportunity to really hit the nail on the head and deliver the essence of the novel he failed. Andrei's thoughts beneath the oak tree, the diplomacy and Princess Bolkonskya's pilgrims (although the latter are breifly mentioned) are all cut, yet all are essential to the story (and this is only a small sample of the essentials that were cut). If anyone has salvaged something for this adapation it is Lily James as Natasha Rostoava , she really does her best to capture the essence of Tolstoy's 'perfect women' although even she is hamstrang by Davie's awful screenplay. Don't waste your money, buy the 72 adaptation.