BBC One Announces Adaptation Of WAR AND PEACE By Andrew Davies

BBC One Controller Danny Cohen reaffirms his commitment to ambitious event drama on the channel with the announcement of an adaptation of War And Peace by the award-winning scriptwriter Andrew Davies.

Danny Cohen says: “War And Peace is truly epic in scale and builds on BBC One’s commitment to bringing audiences drama of the highest quality and impact. Told over six episodes, Andrew Davies will bring his exceptional powers of adaptation to this literary masterpiece.”

Announced today, a new six-part adaptation of the epic War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy for BBC One in 2015, will be made by BBC Cymru Wales Drama. Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time, Andrew Davies scripts will draw all the elements into powerful focus for a modern audience.

Andrew Davies says: “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. The characters are so natural and human and easy to identify with and Natasha Rostova just beats Lizzy Bennet as the most lovable heroine in literature.”

Faith Penhale, Executive Producer and Head of Drama, BBC Wales, says: “Andrew Davies is the master of the classic adaptation and it’s thrilling to be able to bring War And Peace, with its rich cast of characters and epic drama, to BBC One. Today’s audience will be drawn into the sweeping story of life and love during a time of conflict, with a dazzling production that brings to life the great vision and scale of the novel.”

War And Peace is a 6×60-minute serial, commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One.