BBC One has green-lit a six part adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy novel War and Peace, which is to be adapted by Andrew Davies – the writer behind ITV’s Mr Selfridge. BBC Cymru Wales Drama is producing the six part event series, with Faith Penhale, Head of Drama for BBC Wales, serving as executive producer. War and Peace is expected to air in 2015. The announcement comes after BBC Drama announced a raft of commissions last week and joins another high profile series which is being produced for BBC One: J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.
Speaking of the adaptation, Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, said: “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.”
Writer Andrew Davies commented: “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.”
While Faith Penhale, Executive Producer and Head of Drama for BBC Wales, added: “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.”