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A bold, refreshing and modern take on one of the most famous and epic stories of all time encompassing huge themes of love and war, life and death. Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written, War and Peace is a timeless story of three young people set against the epic backdrop of Russia’s wars with Napoleon.
|1||HDVideoEpisode 1||As Russia prepares for war with France, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky is excited for life on the front line. Meanwhile his friend Pierre Bezukhov is called to his dying father’s bedside.||59:26||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDVideoEpisode 2||Andrei and Nikolai prepare for battle with the French, but are they stepping into a trap? In Russia, Pierre struggles to settle into married life with Helene.||58:49||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDVideoEpisode 3||Pierre fights a duel that sends his life in a surprising new direction. At the Rostov house, Natasha and Sonya receive unexpected proposals and Nikolai makes a disastrous mistake.||1:00:04||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDVideoEpisode 4||Andrei is in love, but his father is set against him marrying Natasha and insists on a long engagement to keep them apart. Natasha is overjoyed when Andrei proposes but shocked by his decision to delay the wedding and travel abroad for a year. She distracts herself by spending time on the Rostovs' country estate, hunting and getting a taste of Moscow peasant life. But when the time comes to return to Moscow society, temptation crosses her path, and she finds her love for Andrei tested.||1:00:01||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDVideoEpisode 5||Napoleon outrages the Russian emperor by crossing the border and marching his army towards Moscow. In his path stands Prince Bolkonsky's country estate - but the old prince isn't prepared to let the French through without a fight. Marya is shocked to be placed in terrible danger. Nikolai, meanwhile, is stationed far away from the action, but he gets a chance at glory when he crosses paths with a stranger in distress.||58:12||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|6||HDVideoEpisode 6||Chaos takes hold as Napoleon marches into Moscow and the Rostovs rush to leave the city. As they hurry away, Natasha is astonished to learn the identity of one of her travelling companions and finds she at last has a chance to make amends. Sonya, meanwhile, comes under pressure from the countess to make a great sacrifice for her family.||1:22:04||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|101||HDVideoFrom Page to Screen||Writer Andrew Davies and Director Tom Harper read excerpts from the script and give insight into how they brought the story to life onscreen.||4:43||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|102||HDVideoRundale Palace||The Head of the Records Department at Rundale gives a brief history of the palace.||2:13||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|103||HDVideoThe Readthrough||Go behind the scenes with the cast as they read through the script together for the first time.||2:24||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|104||HDVideoMaking the Music||The composer, conductor and the Director of Music - BBC National Orchestra of Wales discuss the music within the show.||2:22||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|105||HDVideoWhat is War and Peace?||The cast discuss their thoughts on War and Peace.||1:04||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|106||HDVideoCount Rostov’s Dance||A chat with the show’s choreographer and Adrian Edmondson||1:10||Series Only||View in iTunes|
|107||HDVideoDeleted Scenes||A chance to see five scenes that are not included within the final programme.||3:30||Series Only||View in iTunes|
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