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War & Peace Preview 

Photo Credit: Mitch Jenkins
Photo Credit: Mitch Jenkins

We’ve been excited for this miniseries for a while. Leo Tolstoy provides the source material and some great acting talent brings this sprawling epic to life. There are names we know already: Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Paul Dano and Lily James. But do you know about Sense8‘s Tuppence Middleton or The White Queen‘s Aneurin Barnard or The MuskeetersTom Burke? Of course, all that talent onscreen wouldn’t mean much if the story wasn’t made compelling for the small screen. Writer Andrew Davies, very well-known for his period dramas, has done a wonderful job with this 8-hour adaptation. So, sit back and get ready to be transported.

War & Peace synopsis, from A&E:

Set upon the backdrop of Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia, War and Peace is a story of passion, romance, scandal and deceit surrounding the rising and falling fortunes of five aristocratic  families – the Bezukhovs, Bolkonskys, Drubetskoys, Kuragins and Rostovs – in the waning days of imperial Russia. War and Peace’s lead is Andrei Bolkonsky, a dashing and heroic young man who yearns for glory in war but finds only heartbreak and disillusionment that may, or may not, be cured by the lovely Natasha Rostov, who desperately needs to marry well to save her family from financial ruin. Meanwhile, the awkward, illegitimate son Pierre Bezukhov suddenly finds himself in possession of great wealth and, consequently, at the mercy of fortune hunters eager to take advantage of his naiveté.

War & Peace premieres Monday, January 18th at 9/8c and will be simulcast on A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime.

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