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Paterson Joseph, John Hurt, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter are among the cast of BBC Radio 4's epic full-cast dramatisation. Adapted for radio by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Leo Tolstoy's epic story follows the fortunes of three Russian aristocratic families during the Napoleonic War. First broadcast on New Year's Day 2015, the drama also features Alun Armstrong, Natasha Little, David Calder, Phoebe Fox, Sam Reid and Joanna David. Duration: 10 hours approx.

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"Tolstoy's imagined world is recreated on air brilliantly by the extraordinary cast." (The Spectator)

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Engrossing

I tried to read War and Peace a few times but never stayed with it until this performance. The description of war were amazing- you really felt that you were on the battlefield.
I highly recommend.

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  • A D SHIMMIN
  • 08-11-17

Brilliant adaptation of very great novel

A superb adaptation, gripping and moving in equal measure. Fine performances from the whole cast, which includes some of the greatest actors around.

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  • 11-01-17

FANTASTIC SUPERB ADAPTATION of WAR and PEACE

I love ❤️ this superb adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace which I listened to and thoroughly enjoyed in one sitting. Much respected adaptation true to the book as much as one can in a radio production. Fantastic full cast who gave this story as if it were a film, my imagination was seeing everything as if it was happening before my very eyes. An intriguing long complex piece of historic work, the writer and the actors brought this book to life in a way the films have not for me. I LOVE THIS ❤️ Thank you, so much, that I am reading the book all over again. I was sorry when this production came to its end. This is much better than the latest modern production. This adaptation holds much more of truth, of love, family, feeling and the strategy of wars and humanity, it shows the horrors of wars. This is one I will listen to over and over with pleasure.

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  • Nigel
  • 05-17-17

I did enjoy War and Peace, though I didn’t love it

The full 10 hours was originally broadcast on New Year’s Day, 2015, by BBC Radio 4.

The story follows the fortunes of three Russian aristocratic families during the Napoleonic wars - though told with British noble accents. During family gatherings they reminisce and tell each other stories, some of war and some of peace.

A superb list of actors: Alun Armstrong, Sam Reid, John Hurt, Roger Allam, Tom Goodman-Hill……… the list is huge, and whilst this could be a positive I did find the enormous number of characters a little confusing - who was related to who, etc. Maybe a second listen would help make this clearer, or if you have already read the book you should be fine.

I did enjoy War and Peace, though I didn’t love it as much as either the Forsyte saga/ Cazalets dramatisations I’ve recently listed too. This is probably due to not really connecting with a character/s, there are just too many of them.

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