Premise

A meticulous BBC adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece. There are impressive battle panoramas, but the focus is more on characters and subplots that capture the epic scope of the novel: a tableau of Russian society during the turbulent years of the Napoleonic Wars.

Cast

Anthony Hopkins Pierre Bezukhov
David Swift Napoleon Bonaparte
Morag Hood Natasha Rostova
Alan Dobie Prince Andrei Bolkonsky
Anthony Jacobs Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky
Angela Down Maria Bolkonsky
Colin Baker Anatole Kuragin
Faith Brook Countess Rostova