War and Peace (1972 TV series)

This article is about the 1972 television series. For other uses, see War and Peace (disambiguation).
War and Peace

War and Peace TV mini series DVD cover

DVD cover
Created by David Conroy
Starring Anthony Hopkins
Alan Dobie
Morag Hood
Angela Down
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 20
Running time 15 hours
Original network BBC2
Original release 30 September 1972 – 8 February 1973

War and Peace is a television dramatisation of the Leo Tolstoy novel of War and Peace. This 20 episode series began on 28 September 1972.

The BBC dramatisation of Tolstoy's epic story of love and loss set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Anthony Hopkins heads the cast as the soul-searching Pierre Bezukhov, Morag Hood is the impulsive and beautiful Natasha Rostova, Alan Dobie is the dour, heroic Andrei Bolkonsky and David Swift is Napoleon, whose decision to invade Russia in 1812 has far-reaching consequences for Pierre and the Rostov and Bolkonsky families.

The twenty-part serial was produced by David Conroy and directed by John Davies. Conroy's aim was to transfer the characters and plot from Tolstoy's magnum opus to television drama to run for a duration of 15 hours (actually closer to 17). Scripted by Jack Pulman, this version of War and Peace contained battle sequences, which were filmed in Yugoslavia. The production designer Don Homfray won a BAFTA for his work on the series.[1]

This dramatisation differs from earlier adaptations in that it preserves many of Tolstoy's "minor" characters — such as Platon Karataev, played by Harry Locke.


DVD release

The series was released in a Region 2 4-DVD boxset by DD Home Entertainment in 2005. The set is accompanied by an illustrated booklet, written by Andy Priestner, which provides a detailed account of how the series was made.

See also


  1. Gill Ducker Other Lives: Don Homfray, The Guardian, 23 March 2012
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